Converting your garage into a living space is a very cost-effective way to improve the value of your home: you can add as much as 10% in your property’s resale value. It can be very beneficial because you can increase your living space without using up more cost or experiencing the inconvenience of moving to another home.
Here’s a list of some information about turning your garage into a living space, particularly in a living room.
- Planning of the design and space
Unlike the rooms inside the house, a garage’s internal space is way longer and thinner. You may consider using either stud or block walling in converting the garage into two rooms so that you can achieve a more natural shape. Take into consideration the planned use for the rooms to be recreated before officially starting the conversion. You may sketch or draw about your ideas so you can use it as a reference.
- The opening
The opening can have a great impact on the overall look of the house, especially if it is converted into another space. To deal with this, you can consider filling the opening with any large-scale element by keeping a garage door in the opening. You just have to make sure that the door is very tight. Or you can also try to have large windows or doors so that it can fill the opening.
The garage floor is already sufficiently strong as it is but it will need to have damp proofing and insulation since these are important building regulations.
A concrete floor can be made, and the damp proof membrane will then be added in between two layers. A raised timber floor can also be one choice; it can be built over the existing garage floor.
- Windows and Doors
For a garage to be turned into a living room, you will need to improve the ventilation and have an escape route to meet with regulations.
When installing windows, ask for your contractor’s certification to check whether any of the following accredits them:
The walls should always follow the building regulations and should meet the moisture-proof and insulation requirements. You can put up a block or stud wall inside the existing wall so that the insulation and power lines can be placed behind.
Interior walls should be fireproofed with the 30-minute rating. You may also add more insulation to a garage in the external part of the house since it can decrease long-term cost. You can replace garage doors into large windows and paneling.
- Plumbing and Wiring
Check thoroughly the plumbing and wiring around the house, as well as the garage. Walls that need to be pierced to be a door or window should be checked first, especially with the wirings. Rewiring for the remodelled garage will need to have an additional strain on the main wires so there will be a need for a separate consumer unit.
- Insulation and Damp Proofing
When considering the insulation of a room, a measure of the heat escape is assessed so that the walls can achieve the ideal U-value. This U-value, which has to be considered for walls, windows, and roofs, are given by the window manufacturers since it is a part of the Windows’ specifications.
Damp proofing is crucial for the walls and floor. A damp proof membrane is needed in the walls so that moisture will be prevented from rising. The floors should also be damp-proofed with the use of a damp proof membrane once it is remade.
Converting the garage into a living room would mean giving up your parking space. This decision should be taken into consideration carefully. There are also more advantages to making out a new living room with the garage, with less cost at that.