If you want to turn your garage into an extra living space, there are two main things you need to know:
Now, depending on where you live, the permits shouldn’t be so hard to come buy and neither should the skilled labour. That, however, does not necessarily mean that this is a simple undertaking. There are several other factors to consider. Things like:
These are things that you might ignore but will end up creating issues later on once the hard part is done. But we are not here today to talk about all that. We are here to show you how you can turn your garage into a studio.
Get the necessary permits
Before you even start looking for the money that this kind of renovation will need, you need to get the permits from your local town council. Make sure that everything is in order and that you are in keeping with every code put in place to make your life safe, albeit difficult.
What are you going to do about the door?
In garage conversion projects, the garage door represents one of the most challenging obstacles within the design. Being such a huge part of the room, you need to decide whether you are going to turn it into an exterior wall or maybe cut in a few windows. It all depends on the kind of budget you have (the windows will be a bit expensive) and how creative you are with space.
What about plumbing and electrical wiring?
These are not things that you can do yourself. For this part, you simply must hire professionals. In fact, we would advise you to hire professionals for this entire process. As costly as it might seem at first, it will be far less so once you realise that going it alone means making, even more, mistakes that all cost money. Once the electricity and plumbing are done, all you have to do is paint the walls, move in a few essential pieces of furniture and you have a perfectly good studio.
Remember to insulate the walls as well as the ceiling. Generally, do all the things you would have done if this was going to be your primary residence. After that, all you have to do is post adverts online if you intend to rent it out or create a password if you intend to keep the wife and kids out.