August 28, 2015

3 Common Errors in Garage to Living Space Conversions

For many, converting a garage into a living space has been a successful endeavor that allowed them to put unused space to better, more creative use. However, there are also a few problems that can arise during the renovation process. Being aware of these three potential errors when transitioning your garage into a living space or office will ensure a smooth, successful conversion.

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#1 – Obtain the Proper Permits

While a garage is a relatively small space compared to the rest of your home, you still have to make sure you follow the proper procedures. Even though your garage is a remodeling process, failing to obtain the permits required for renovations of this nature in your area can be costly. While you may be tempted to get started on the project right away, you have to make sure you have the proper permission from local authorities to do so.

Just as with new construction, local regulations prevail over garage conversions as well. You have to report whether the remodel requires construction outside of the structure, as well as what the space will be used for upon completion. Once your plan has been deemed acceptable, you will be able to get started with a fully compliant remodel process.

#2 – DIY May Not be the Right Approach

While you may be a seasoned do-it-yourselfer, that doesn’t mean DIY is the best approach when it comes to remodeling your garage. The process requires the same expertise and knowledge required when building a new home, which means the average layman may not be able to complete the entire process correctly. Take the time to research the contractors in your area, and look for someone who has a proven history of timely, high-quality work. You want someone who will work closely with you to create your space, and do so at the right price. Obtain quotes and take the time to speak with potential contractors to ensure proper communication and cooperation throughout the project.

#3 – Create Detailed Drawings and Plans Before You Start

If you are converting your garage into a living space, you have to make sure the remodel is handled correctly and provides a space that is truly livable. You should take the time to detail every aspect of the layout and design, including lighting, water, electrical outlets, gas, drainage and windows. This will ensure you aren’t just working from an idea that might not provide a quality living area.

You will also need to take the time to determine how you will handle the relocation of your vehicle. You’ll need a space that will allow you to park all of your cars safely. Generally, you will want an option that is off the street to protect your vehicles from accidents, tickets and damage.

Don’t Forget the Door for Your Converted Space

When it comes to renovating your garage, don’t forget to start with a new door that will help you improve the energy efficiency and look of your home. DSI Door Services North Shore carries and installs a full line of Garaga doors, providing you with options from the most trusted name in the industry. With their selection of innovative designs, we can help you find exactly what you need for your new space.

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