Garage Conversions for a Hobby or Storage Space
Garage conversions which focus on updating the space as a workshop and increasing storage are often, but not always, projects for detached garages. To increase comfort, new doors and windows are typically installed, particularly in older garages where existing windows are fixed and single-pane. The reason is because the garage conversion will be a place where the homeowner typically spends more time than he would in a regular garage.
Heating and air conditioning can be added to a garage, especially if a homeowner wishes to pursue hobbies or store materials that suffer damage in extreme temperatures. Adding an HVAC to a garage can be one of the more expensive updates, but also allows for much greater functionality of the space. If a homeowner has a workshop hobby, adding comfort to the garage enables work to be done outside of the main home. Weather stripping on doors is also added to increase comfort and keep utility costs down.
It should be noted that if the garage is attached to the main house, the space should not be heated and cooled as part of the main house because of the potential for CO2 if vehicles of any kind are stored in the area. This includes dirt bikes, gas lawn mowers, etc.
The more time a homeowner plans to spend in the garage in any capacity, the greater the argument to place drywall and epoxy or another type of flooring to finish out the space. Permanent shelving can be installed, changing the storage capacity considerably. Finishing a garage also adds substantially to the value of the home. Before placing drywall, a contractor will do a thorough examination of the walls to see what structural fixes or updates need to be made. Once the drywall is in place, painting it is the natural next step.
With a garage remodeled into a more secure storage space, a homeowner can also use the space to store hazardous materials like fuels or paints. An important final step is updating attached doors to the most fire-resistant options available.
Updated but not fully converted
Garage spaces updated but not converted into a full living space open many possibilities for the homeowner. Storage capacity can be substantially increased, and the area can be more comfortable for workshopping. Permanent shelving and fixtures can increase the resale value and better organize belongings. The garage door adds substantially to the flexibility of a workshop by allowing access when necessary and eliminating the cost of a full conversion.
HVAC, drywall and updated insulation make the space more comfortable and allow for the safe storage of hazardous materials. The area feels more protected and private. With partial finishes, the space can even double as a bar or den, making the most of the charm for its rustic look and feel.
Quality Overhead Door, Inc. is a full-service garage door installation and repair company for both residential and commercial customers in the GIlbert area 480-838-8850.