Do you need more space and are considering a garage conversion? You aren’t alone. Homeowners looking for more space often look to the garage as a way to gain space without adding to a home’s footprint. Since a garage has no load-bearing walls, and the space is already present, it seems like a great way to get the space needed. Let’s look at whether converting your garage is the right thing for you to do.
Although there are many positives about converting your garage, there are also many negatives. Why? Because you are trading usable space for a different kind of usable space. In order to get more living space, you are giving up storage. In some areas, this can devalue your home.
In addition to thinking about value, you also need to understand that converting a garage is not as easy as it sounds. You don’t just add some flooring and a few lights. Instead, they can be quite costly and require a lot of time.
Changing space from storage to living space can also create some legal issues. For instance, as you transform your storage area into livable space, you will likely need permits to make an occupancy change, as well as adding any plumbing or electrical systems.
When thinking about converting your garage, you need to consider the basic standards. These include:
Once you have met the minimum requirements, you should begin thinking about how to make the garage space comfortable. The point of trading storage for living space is to create space that you can enjoy. That means you will want to have the following:
Now that you know some of what is involved in a garage conversion, it is time to think about the pros and cons. This will help you determine if a converting your garage is right for you.
Before converting your garage, give us a call. We’d be happy to help you determine if a garage conversion is the right thing for your property. If not, we can help you find a home that meets your space needs.