Crowded homeowners get tend to get desperate when there isn’t much space. They start looking for ways to make space out of thin air. A garage conversion is a popular choice, especially in areas that are expensive and the neighbors are close. A converted garage is also a good way for homeowners to pay for their mortgage with:
However, is a garage conversion really your best option to add living space to your home?
There are more things to take into consideration when converting a garage than refinishing a basement. This is because the positives of finishing a basement balance out the downsides. You can hardly go wrong with the basement remodel. You are taking an unusable dark space and turning it into a room that is light-filled and usable. Unfortunately, basements are rare in Florida, so many turns to a garage conversion.
A garage conversion, however, makes living space out of a space used for storing cars and other items. It’s an equal trade-off, at best. At worst, you could devalue your home.
Homeowners might also go into a garage conversion believing that all they need to do is add a few lights and flooring. It appears to be a classic project for a do-it-yourself home remodeler. It can feel like a no-brainer since there are already load-bearing walls in place. However, a garage conversion is actually a rather costly, extensive, and time-extended project.
Turing a space that is meant for vehicles into a living space can get into some legal and zoning issues. Your garage will go through a significant legal change when it becomes a livable and new “conditioned space.” This means there are some technical and legal standards for the space that were not there when it only housed vehicles.
Plus, most building codes will require you to have a permit to ‘construct, enlarge, alter, repair, change the occupancy,’ of your garage. You will likely also need a permit to ‘install any electrical or plumbing system.'”
All converted garages need to have at least:
Here are some additional, and optional, changes that can make the converted garage a more pleasant and safe place:
Of course, there are some advantages to converting your garage into a room. Here are the main ones to consider:
There are rarely pros without a few cons. Here is what you lose when you convert your garage:
If you are thinking about a garage conversion, give us a call. We’d love to help you understand the real estate market in your area so you can make the best decisions.