For the homeowner looking to create or utilize some extra space, there are several creative outlets that can be taken. And if you’re among those who don’t utilize this space for the traditional uses, you might consider one of the most unique options out there: Converting your garage into an extra room for your home.
At Falk Construction Inc., we can help with all varieties of home remodels and additions, including these kinds of creative choices. For some who don’t use the garage like many other homeowners, the garage conversion is a great way to save time and money – a big part of the room addition is already done for you, after all, and is usually attached to the house already to boot. Here are a few additional factors you should consider when deciding if this is the right way to open up your space at home.
Storage and Parking
For obvious reasons, you’ll lose some of your available storage and parking space if you chose this route. This requires some basic planning for how you’ll replace these needs – do you have a large attic space or garden shed available, for instance?
When it comes to parking, garage conversions are often done as one piece of a larger project, one that might include a covered carport or similar area on the property. Perhaps you’re even looking to build a detached garage for your cars but open up some more space in the home itself.
Plumbing and Electricity Hookups
While a garage area does come with many of the same elements of a standard room, it usually lacks things like plumbing and electricity. Plumbing is often one of the more detailed areas here, and requires experienced contractors like ours who know the perfect subcontractors to hire for the job. We’ll ensure plumbing or electrical pros are on the job who will sit down with you to plan this new design, including new wiring that’s needed.
Another important area here is heating and air, which also won’t generally be installed to the same degree in the garage. In Utah, this means you’ll have to consider thicker insulation for summer and winter periods. In some situations, a ductless mini split can be installed that will provide heating and cooling independently of the rest of the house.
Another important question to consider here: What happens to the space where the garage door was previously? One great idea here is to include large windows, or even a separate space like a new patio in the old driveway space. In other cases, this area can be used to create a new entryway to the home.
For more on converting a garage into an additional room in your home, or to learn about any of our renovations or home remodeling services, speak to the staff at Falk Construction Inc. today.