Garage conversion is a great remodeling project for homeowners who need more living space but do not have room for a bigger footprint. In today’s post, local remodeling contractor B&M Roofing shares tips that can help ensure success for your garage conversion.
1. Plan Ahead — Start by considering how you’ll use the new space. Many homeowners choose to turn their garages into guest bedrooms, but that just scratches the surface. A garage can be converted to a home office, a home theater, a home gym, even a kitchen extension if it happens to be adjacent to the kitchen. Planning ahead will also give you time to research options such as colors and materials.
2. Don’t Skimp on Insulation — Garages are typically built without insulation, so it is important that you don’t skimp on it when planning your garage conversion. Roof insulation will vary depending on what type of roof you’re planning to install over your garage. A flat roof typically has insulation boards installed over a vapor barrier, while the insulation is installed under the roof deck with a sloped roof. A properly insulated converted garage will be more comfortable for you regardless of the season and can help you save on energy costs.
3. Consult a Building Inspector — A garage conversion has to meet city codes, which may vary depending on where you live and what the garage conversion will be used for. For instance, if your garage will be converted into a bedroom, building codes that pertain to egress windows will be applicable. Noncompliant home conversions may be subject to penalties, and the cost to correct them would come out of your own pocket.
4. Research Your Financing Options — Not everyone has the means to pay for their remodeling projects in cash. Fortunately, there are other ways to pay for a garage conversion: credit card, secured or unsecured loans or contractor financing.
B&M Roofing is your leading provider of home remodeling services, including garage conversion and tile roofing installation. Give us a call at (228) 860-5388. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.