Garage-Apartment Conversion Pros and ConsSo, you’re seriously considering a garage apartment conversion. After all, you don’t have to go through the planning and large construction project of a room addition. Which means it comes at a much cheaper cost. However, there’s a few things to take into consideration before you go forward. First of all, you’re sacrificing a dedicated parking and storage space. If you plan to sell in the future, that’s going to present a problem.
When all is considered, converting your garage into [an apartment] is often cheaper than adding a room onto your home because there are no foundational changes or heavy construction involved. And, depending on the building codes in your local area, any additions to your house might need a costly foundation to be built. If your garage is already up-to-code, you can bypass these costs. —Do It Yourself.comSeveral studies show that buyers strongly object to such a conversion. Then, there’s the matter of pseudo-overbuilding for the neighborhood. But, if your home is typical of others on the block, with 3 beds and 2 baths and it will be 4 beds, 3 baths, that just might price it out of the neighborhood.
DIY Garage-Apartment Conversion Guide for Riverview Property OwnersAfter you’ve junked the old lawn equipment and begun to organize the space a bit, then you can convert a garage into an apartment by doing the following:
- Remove and build over the door. You’ll either have to remove or cover-up the garage door. It’s best to outright remove it and then fill in the space to accommodate another front entry door. Additionally, you’ll need to install new windows to provide natural life.
- Level, then finish the floor. Next, you’ll need to level and finish the garage floor. This is due the fact that garage floors are built purposely with a slight grade (either to the outside or to the center). So, the floor isn’t level and that’s a necessary change to make it into a living space.
- Add plumbing and electrical wiring. You’ll need to have a licensed plumber and electrician run new water and drain lines, as well as electrical wiring for switches, outlets, and lighting. Install a small shower to save space and be sure the main electrical panel and system can handle the extra appliance and heating and cooling loads.
- Insulate and drywall to finish the build-out. Last, you’ll need to insulate the space and drywall it to really transform it. Thereafter, you can furnish it to complete the transformation.