Converting a garage in to living space can add real value to your home. It will add much needed living space. A well-thought-out garage conversion can add as much as 15% to the value of your home. This is all good stuff and, you will NOT have to incur the cost for moving to get the space you need.
This page will discuss the steps involved in making a garage in to a new room. And specific modifications required for a successful transformation from a storage space to a living space. Changing a garage to a new “conditioned space” requires strict compliance with the Florida Building Code occupancy regulations. The building code requires permitting to “construct, enlarge, alter, repair or change the occupancy,” and also to “install any electrical or plumbing system.” Preventive Maintenance Support Services has the expertise and team needed to transform you garage to comfortable and livable space.
Garage Conversion to Bedroom
Building Regulations include moisture proofing, ventilation, temperature control, sound control, lighting, insulation, fireproofing, minimum room size and ceiling height, escape routes and structural soundness.
Beyond the legalities, there is a bare minimum to make the garage conversion really, truly habitable. Here's the list.
- Installing insulation. Garages are not insulated, for the most part. Drywall, if existing, may need to be removed. Otherwise, wall studs need to be installed to create a cavity for wall insulation.
- Raising floor height. In general, garages tend to be lower than the house. You may not think the floor high needs to be raised, but it does. In Florida the floor height for new living space must match the "finish floor height" of the home. This means you will probably need to pour 4" of new concrete. If not done, the resale for your home will be jepordized.
- Adding floor covering. It is also called a finish floor, this is the visible floor that you walk on. Some garages do not have suitable floor covering or even minimal floor covering due to its limited function. Since it will be converted into habitable space, adding floor covering that is suitable for current space function will make the space enjoyable.
- Installing new Drywall or finish the job. Garage drywall is usually installed as a non finish-quality level one or two. In this situation, if you happen to have insulation behind there, you can leave the drywall in place but bring it up to level four.
- Garage Door: Leave the garage door in place or replace it with a wall? You need to consider few things. Your garage door is probably not insulated. Without changing it to a wall, it will be hard to cool the new room. It will also be hard to prevent inside noise from being heard on the sidewalk.
- Box Out Unsightly Areas. Nonload-bearing walls should be added around areas you don't want to have visible in a living area--water heater, furnace, laundry area, etc.
- Air-conditioning. Its a pretty good guess that your garage is not currently air-conditioned. Your probably going to want that. Many try to tap the house a/c but wind up unhappy. Truthfully there is noway your a/c unit can handle the additional load. We recommend installing ductless mini split system. They are very efficient and unlike a "window shaker, quite.
- Lighting. The overhead light in the garage door opener is just not going to give you enough light.
- Electrical out-lets. service upgrade to accommodate the larger load were there was none. Not to mention more outlets where there was none.
- Completing the exterior walls. to compliment and match the rest of the home
- Adding windows and doors. You may have a window already in your garage. But, if you install a wall where the big door was, it will look funny without some windows. Windows up front will match the current look.
In addition to that, Preventive Maintenance Support Services has the extensive experience for converting the garage to become used and habitable spaces. Set aside any worries, our company is ready to assist our valued customer to build their dream spaces in their home.