Pros and Cons of Converting a Garage into Additional Living Space
With people spending more time at home these days – a situation that is likely to continue far into the future – you may feel the need for additional living space. But if your property lines won’t permit you to add on, you will have to consider other alternatives. One option could be to convert the garage.
Doing so could keep you from having to move to a different (larger) residence. Plus, without any load-bearing walls in the garage area, you could have a “blank slate” on which to design one or more additional rooms.
Before you move forward with a garage conversion, though, there are some important items to keep in mind. First, because this type of renovation is considered an “alteration” to an existing dwelling, it will typically require you to obtain a permit from your municipality. (In fact, going ahead without first obtaining approval could result in some pricy penalties).
You should also consider the loss of storage space that your garage may be currently providing for you, as well as the added security and protection of your vehicle(s) from theft, vandalism, and weather-related damages.
That being said, turning your garage into additional living space, an extra bedroom, or a private home office can increase the square footage of your home, which in turn could increase the overall value of your property.
If your home is located in Orlando or the surrounding Central Florida area and you would like to discuss ideas for turning your garage into additional living space – as well as cost and time estimates – give LP Design and Renovation a call. We can be reached at (407) 901-6215. Or, you can schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation by going to our website at https://lpinspiredrenovations.com/contact/. We look forward to hearing from you.