How To Convert Your Garage Into a Living Space

The nice thing about converting your garage into living space is that most of the construction has already been done. Here are some guidelines for finishing the job.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Finish the exterior wall and break up the driveway.
  • Step 2: Seal the floor with a moisture barrier if it is not completely dry, then build a plywood subfloor on top of it. If the floor is dry you can attach the flooring directly to it. Your new living space is now ready to be a family room, extra bedroom, or guest apartment.
  • FACT: _Garage_ comes from the French word meaning "to shelter."
  • Step 3: Remove any oil residue for the concrete floor with an oil stain remover.
  • TIP: Add one or more windows for natural lighting.
  • TIP: Some communities require you to have a covered space for your cars. If so, you may have to build a carport or another garage.
  • Step 4: Add insulation and utility runs. If the garage is detached, you have to run wiring overhead or underground to the garage.
  • Step 5: Remove the garage door and frame a new wall. Use standard stud construction to match the existing framework in the garage.
  • Step 6: Check local building codes before you start.

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