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Converting Unused Space to Living Space

There are many reasons to convert your unused garage to a living space. For example, maybe your teenager needs a retreat, you want a games room or perhaps you need a home office.

Whatever the reason, converting unused space to living space represents a large project best not taken lightly. When you finish, you want to have a living space that’s safe and comfortable in every season. Here are a few areas to focus on as you remodel.

Ceilings and Floors

Often, the ceilings or the floors of unused rooms aren’t quite right for a living area. Garage floors typically sit a little lower and are made of concrete, and the ceilings typically need finishing.

Low floors can flood easily, so you should raise them a little higher. To ensure comfort and easy use after renovations, install more comfortable flooring such as carpet, wood or tile.

Doors and Windows

When it comes to doors and windows, you want to make them feel and look natural. Natural-looking and – feeling windows make a room feel more open and attractive. The right windows can even sway potential buyers into making a purchase.

When it comes to garages, filling the garage door space can be difficult, especially if you want to add to your home’s curb appeal. For an attractive and efficient solution, use a larger-scale element that’s weather tight to take up the entire space.

As for windows, you can never have too many. The more you have, the less you have to worry about electric lighting. Try to match the style of the rest of your house, unless you want to replace all the window frames with something newer and more modern.

Plumbing

Depending on what you plan to use the space for, you may not need to worry about expanding your plumbing system at all. However, if you plan to add a bathroom or kitchen, try to install the sinks, dishwasher and shower closer to the main pipes. This positioning helps the water warm up faster and minimises your water costs.

Electrical

Never try to expand your electrical system by yourself. Hire a professional for this job to prevent injury and ensure efficiency. In addition to lighting, you’ll want to expand the electrical system to include any new appliances.

Temperature Control

To have effective temperature control in your new space, make sure to add insulation to the walls and floors. And depending on the size and location, you may not be able to use your existing heating or cooling system. In this case, a split system is an excellent option for air conditioning this space.

Even if you can use your central heating and cooling system, you may want to install a split system anyway for convenience, if this room is likely to be used by itself, this will save you air conditioning the rest of the house for this one area.

Comfort and Furnishings

Making the place comfortable is the fun part at the end of the remodel. Make it a reward. Paint the walls an exciting colour and install new flooring, as mentioned above. Take your time at the furniture store, trying out different types of furnishings. Make the space comfortable, and make it home.

Of course, before you do anything, make sure your renovation adheres to local building codes and regulations. Consult with professionals, especially when it comes to installing exterior windows or expanding electrical or HVAC systems.