The Pros and Cons of a Garage Guest Suite ConversionSo, you’re seriously considering a garage suite 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.
If you’re looking for a way to enlarge your home without shelling out for a full-scale addition, converting your garage into living space typically adds about 600 square feet (assuming it’s a two-car garage). The good news is that you’ll spend less than if you build an addition. Because a garage already has a foundation, walls, and a roof, using the existing structure typically costs around half of what you’d spend for an all-new addition. —House LogicSeveral 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.
Orlando Garage Guest Suite Conversion GuideNow, we’ll look at the basics of a garage guest suite conversion. It’s a really big job, so it’s best to turn it over to a licensed, experienced professional. You’ll need to first learn if you need building permits and obtain them, if necessary. Now, here’s an overview of how to do a garage guest suite conversion:
- Replace the garage door. You’ll need to remove the garage door and close in the space to accommodate a single or double entry door and a window. Or, you can use the existing entryway door on the side and replace the garage door with windows.
- Level and finish the floor. Garage floors are typically sloped to promote drainage; so, you’ll need to level it by pouring a thin layer of concrete to make it level. When the floor is level, you can beautify it with enamel paint or by putting down an engineered hardwood, tile, carpet, or a combination of flooring.
- Expand the plumbing and electrical wiring. To make it into a true living space, you’ll have to expand both the electrical and plumbing to create a functional area.
- Insulate, drywall, and install climate control. To finish it all, you’ll need to add insulation, hang drywall, and finally equip it with climate control to make the transformation complete.