When space is getting tighter in your home, you either move to a bigger house or extend your living space. Attics and basements are popular extensions of the living area, but if these are not options, consider converting your garage. In this blog, custom home builders Artistic Design Build Inc. discusses the pros and cons of converting your garage to additional living space.
PRO: It Makes Better Use of Otherwise Unused Space
If your garage is being used more for storage than for parking your vehicle, converting it to a living space puts it to good use. You have to factor in where your vehicle will be parked, especially if your neighborhood has restrictions against street parking. Alternatively, consider adding a second-story apartment to your existing garage.
CON: It Requires a Lot of Planning
Planning a garage conversion sometimes requires more planning than a custom kitchen remodel. It’s essentially building a new structure from the ground up, and the extent of work will depend on the condition of the garage itself.
Garages aren’t built to be habitable, so basics such as insulation, water and heating will need to be added. The roofing will also need to have proper ventilation. There are also the concerns of zoning and building codes. The garage may require new windows to meet minimum egress requirements. The ceiling may also need to be raised. Hire a licensed contractor to ensure compliance with building codes.
PRO: You Don’t Have to Match the House Design
Garages are essentially detached units, giving you some slack on the color palette and other design elements. This is ideal if you’re planning on using the converted garage as a guest house or as a granny flat, a type of detached apartment for housing elderly relatives.
PRO: You Don’t Lose Any Yard Space
Additions usually take up a lot of yard space, which means you’d have to give up your deck, outdoor kitchen or your kids’ play area. With a garage conversion, everything else in your yard stays the same.
Artistic Design Build Inc. is your leading provider of home remodeling and design bathroom services. Give us a call at (301) 969-3037 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Potomac, MD, and the surrounding areas.