While the most common use for a garage space today remains vehicle storage, the garage conversion is also a popular method for many homeowners. This conversion, which involves transforming the garage space into a living area of some sort, may involve several specific themes – including the garage door itself.
At Overhead Door Company, we’re happy to provide a number of residential garage door services, from basic repairs to those who are looking to convert their space into a variety of other purposes or uses. What are some of the common themes generally considered for these conversions, and which elements, from the garage door on down, should you be researching when it comes to performing such a conversion? This two-part blog series will go over a number of factors.
Here are some common garage conversion themes you might be thinking about:
- Office: Many who don’t use the space for vehicle storage will covert it into a home office, especially if you primarily work from home.
- Game room: For those with kids, a converted garage is often perfect for a dedicated game or play room – or a man cave for the adults among us with similar desires.
- Crafts: Whether you take part in crafts for fun or for a portion of your income, a converted garage is often a perfect studio.
These are just a few templates – there are many other room types you might think about for a converted garage, even including a bedroom or similar living space in some situations.
Our subsequent sections will go over the elements to keep in mind during this sort of conversion.
Evaluating Garage Door
First and foremost, what you do with the garage door itself may play a big role here. Many garage conversions can be done without removing the existing garage door, but this will often require additional insulation or support to limit temperature loss – many garage doors aren’t normally insulated to the level of a living space.
In other cases, you may consider removing the door and replacing it with different structural elements. These may include framing a new wall or installing a patio door – but these often tend to be more expensive routes to take.
Many garage floors are concrete slabs that are below the floor level of the rest of the home. They may also slope toward a floor drain. For these reasons, if you plan to spend significant time in a converted garage space, we recommend filling the bottom of the garage door opening with a curb that will prevent any water from entering the space. If necessary, you may also want to consider leveling this floor.
For attached garages, it’s often possible to run elements of the existing HVAC system into the new living space. If this isn’t an option, look for an independent system such as baseboards, space heaters or stoves, plus a room air conditioner for the summer. Another major element here is insulation, which is ideal for limiting temperature loss in all seasons.
For more on how to set up a converted garage and how the garage door plays a role, or to learn about any of our garage door repairs or other services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.