Many homeowners decide to convert their garage into a living space in the home. It is one of the fastest ways to add onto your property. The team here at Garage Door Repair of St Louis has a few things you should consider before you turn your garage into a living space.
1. Is Your Floor Level?
Some garages do not have level floors because of floor drains. If the slab was poured with a drain in mind, you may want to have the floor leveled. Another thing to consider is to add a curb that is designed to keep the water out.
2. How Will You Close Off The Garage Doors?
One of the biggest things homeowners ask is what to do with the hole left by the garage door. You will need to cover the area with something that makes sense to the rest of your house. A few options could include:
- Installing bay windows
- Add a patio door
- Frame it and add drywall on the inside and siding on the outside
- Install barn doors or carriage style doors
Depending on your plan for the room, doors that are not fully sealed may not be a problem. However, if you want it to be a bedroom or common area, you will want to go with a solid option.
3. What Type of Heating and Cooling Will You Install?
There may be a way to extend your existing heat and air into your finished garage. If that’s not a possibility, you can use other options like space heaters, gas stoves, and ac window units. It’s important that you fully insulate the room if you plan to heat or cool the space. Otherwise, you will end up wasting a lot of energy.
4. Do You Need Plumbing?
Plumbing can be a real pain for a garage conversion. If you don’t need a bathroom or water supply, it might be best to skip it. Depending on what you plan to use the space for, it may not be necessary. Talk to your builder about any problems you might experience when adding water to the room.
5. Where Will You Park?
If you have been parking in your garage up to this point, you need to decide where you will park. You might want to add on a shed or build a shelter to park under. Since you are already adding onto your house, this would be a good time to add a carport. Talk with your contractor about the possibility of adding to your house.
Call Us For Help With Your Garage Doors
If you are planning to turn your garage into a living space, the team here at Garage Door Repair of St Louis can safely remove your old doors. Make sure you use a professional for the dismantling of your old doors. Otherwise, you could hurt yourself or damage your home.
Call us today so that we can get someone out to your address. We have a team that is ready to help you.