Converting you garage into living space is probably the easiest and most affordable way to create new living space in your home. The process is relatively simple because most of the structural construction is already done. There is a small amount of framing, sheeting, & siding required to close in the garage door opening but, aside from that most of the work is cosmetics and could increase the heated square footage of the house considerably.
These are the steps & order for planning and completing a fully functional garage conversion.
Remove and close in the garage door – I always do this first because it is the main element that makes the garage a room. Interior walls or partitions – Any interior renovations should be done next in order for the next step. Electrical Wiring – A good wiring plan can greatly enhance the final functionality of the project. Electrical Wiring – A good wiring plan can greatly enhance the final functionality of the project. Plumbing – Not always necessary but a great time to consider adding an extra bath room. Heating and Air Conditioning – It’s always a great idea to consult a HVAC specialist to determine if your existing system can handle the additional square footage, or if some supplementary equipment is required. Insulation – Good insulation is a must it can save hundreds of dollars on your annual electric bills. Dry Wall or Paneling – When all the mechanical complete and tested only then are you ready to close up all the walls. Flooring & Carpeting – Some good choices to consider for flooring are ceramic tile or engineered hardwood. Interior Trim – Good interior trim job will add the final details to your project. Painting and Caulking – I can’t say enough about the importance of good paint and caulking and how much it can influence the final look of your project.
You can use these steps as a basic guide for successful completion of a garage conversion, but the final effect that can be accomplished is only limited to the creative imagination of the individual.