You’ll typically spend way less than if you were to construct an additional living space from scratch. If you have enough space to park your car elsewhere and not be worried about it, the garage expansion idea may well be worth all of the effort you’re putting in. Neighbors may or may not approve of your decision, but that’s a totally different story.
Your garage’s new features incorporated well within your plan will have the major chunk of your costs. A two car garage, for instance, would cost anywhere from roughly $20,000 to $50,000 to convert into the living space of your dream. That’s quite reasonable compared to building a separate living space.
From there, the more amenities you add, the more the costs become. For example, if you’re adding a bathroom, you’re almost spending $15,000 to $20,000 more on uplifting your two car garage space.
What Do you need to Consider for Garage Reconstruction?
A few considerations that you may want to keep in mind include:
- Insulating the walls and ceilings to the maximum extent that you can.
- Upgrading and updating the electrical connections in the garage to allow for a larger load to become bearable.
- You may want to have fully insulated stud walls in place of your existing garage doors if you are making it an extension of your house.
- Additional windows and doors may also need to be fitted into the garage to allow for more natural light to flow into the garage space.
- Heating and cooling considerations. Since you’re making it an extension of your house that you’ll use, you might need to tie in with your existing HVAC or have a separate heating and cooling system installed for it such as a geothermal heat exchanger or a mini split system.
- You may also have to raise the height of the floor for insulation purposes.
- You may also want to get rid of the partition wall that separates the garage from your house so you can have a better open floor plan for your extension.
Making it Look Authentic
To make your garage look like an authentic part of your house, you need to tie up any loose ends that tie it with its old persona. That means dumping the evidence. Get rid of old openings that give it that old “garage-like” feel, install windows for better ventilation and light, and tweak some roof elements to make it look more like a part of your home and less like a garage.
You may be get some inspiration for ideas or choose to get an architect to help you with your decision. But the architect will cost you extra. They charge per hour and may increase the costs of your project.
Why Insulation is Important
The fact of the matter is that it’s a very convenient and useful space if you decide to put it to good use. But when winter comes around, it becomes really inhospitable and cold to use, and you need to put your plans on ice, literally. That’s why insulating your space is a great idea.
Here’s why insulation becomes important if you plan to use your garage.
Lose Less Heat Through the Front Door
Insulating the Joining Wall to Reduce Fluctuations in Temperature.
The wall may become excessive cold in the winters and raise your energy bill for the whole house. To prevent that from happening, it is important that you insulate that wall. That way your home will not be subject to fluctuating temperatures that make your HVAC work overtime.
If your home experiences a range of separate temperatures, you can have greater humidity and moisture indoors and no one likes that in the summers.
Your Garage will be Pleasant Throughout the Year
Insulating your walls will trap the heat inside and allow the temperature to be pleasant regardless of the season.
Attached Garages Benefit from it
With proper insulation for the attached garage, you can rest assured that the heat will stay in where it’s supposed to in the winters and out during the summers. You can also make a recovery for the insulation costs when you see a drastic reduction in your energy bills over time.
Making Your Garage a Greener Place
A greater amount of oxygen will allow the air to feel cleaner. If you decide to build an indoor gym with a treadmill and a few weights thrown about, indoor plants will provide you with that much needed closure with nature.
The other way that you can make your garage greener is to make it eco-friendly. You need to treat your garage with the same careful and dignified treatment that you give to the rest of your house. We have already touched upon how insulation and a new garage door can reduce your energy costs, but there are some other ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint through your garage. This is irrespective of whether you use it as a storage space for your car or make it a welcome addition to your living space.
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You’ll be using a renewable source of energy, and fulfilling your duty towards your environment.