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Garage Conversion Tips

Converting your garage into an extra room is by no means an easy task. Yes, your basic structure is in place (at least you don’t have to add a new addition onto your home, right?), but everything else needs to be built from scratch – interior walls/insulation, lighting, wiring, and, in some cases, plumbing.

This article from eHow.com provides you with a few useful tips to help you breeze through your garage conversion.

Design

Continuity is the key. You want your garage to be a new room, right? Well make sure it matches the rest of the house. Consider accessing the new room from a main hallway with no step-downs and use the same floor and ceiling height as the rest of the house. This will help to make your garage feel more like a cozy addition to the house and less like a dank garage with a few pieces of furniture thrown in.

Floor Issues

Garage floors are designed to slant toward the garage door. So when you are converting your garage into an extra room, you have to fix the slant. One way to accomplish this is to build a sub-floor above the concrete, which can bring the floor level to the rest of the house while leaving a space beneath to run plumbing lines.

Return on Investment

Consider getting work permits for major conversion work to help protect resale value. And try to change as little about the garage as possible. Leave all walls, plumbing and electrical outlets intact (if possible).

Upgrades

Most garages do not have insulation. So when you are making your improvements, be sure to address this situation. Also, do not forget to run ductwork to your garage, connecting it to your heating and cooling system.  Failing to address these areas may hurt the resale value of your home. Approach the garage conversion like it is part of a home you plan to buy and live in, and plan the construction accordingly.

So if you plan on converting your garage into an additional room, make sure you go about it the right way. If you have any questions, contact TLC Garage Works by calling 888-742-5852 or click here today!

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1651 Defense Hwy
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA