There are heaps of great benefits when converting your unused garage into gaining more liveable space, it might be so especially if you’re in a small house and need more space. Whether you intend to turn it into a bedroom, office, granny flat, kid’s room or to rent it out to students or the like, with the right knowledge and expertise it’s possible.
With everyone’s lives so busy these days people are tending to not use the garage for its primary purpose and opting to park in the driveway, the garage seems to be used more for dumping and storing, or a tool shed. If this sounds familiar you may just be thinking about converting and it’s a lot easier and faster than building a extension on your existing home and it can also be a lot cheaper.
Things to consider when converting your existing garage into liveable space are:
- Roof height of the garage and insulation
- The ability to make the structure waterproof
- The existing concrete slab meets all regulations
- Electric wiring, lighting and power points
- Windows and natural light
- Flooring – Tiles or carpet
Of course before proceeding you need to know the building code and regulations for your region, its almost always easier to employ a draftsman and private certifier to help you with the planning and approval steps of your garage conversion. These professionals do this on a daily basis, therefor can advise you on the best methods to make your project become reality. Employing these practitioners also can take the stress out of the approval and design process and make the process proceed faster, Last of all you are going to need to find a quality builder that you’re comfortable with. As always recommendations from family and friends is always the best place to start, your draftsman and certifier may also be able to recommend a licensed builder. As with all extensions and renovations and a garage conversion is no exception, all professionals you engage on your conversion project should be licensed, have the correct insurance policies to protect you from faulty workmanship etc. And they should also be providing a defect guarantee of at least 2 years which should be clearly stated in your contract. Remember you can always discuss your rights with any and all professionals you engage, and their willingness to do so is a good sign they are reputable.