How to Convert Garage into Room

  • July 30, 2018
  • dominickciccarelli

Garage remodeling projects are always exciting. So many design options, layout possibilities, and décors to choose from. While many families take this upon themselves for leisure and fun, some others do it out of necessity. With growing families in tiny New York spaces, space becomes a dire necessity over time and converting your garage into a bedroom seems like a smart option.
Although you may convert your garage into a bedroom, Dominick Ciccarelli, a licensed general contractor and architect registered with the New York City Department of Buildings, strongly recommends that you consult a professional who will check the laws and regulations in your neighborhood. The professional will also help you obtain the necessary permits to convert your garage into a bedroom.

How to convert your garage into a bedroom

  • Fix a Floor Plan: Once you have all your permits in place, begin drawing up a floor plan. You could either do it by yourself or consult a professional architect/contractor who can assist in planning the layout with you. If you plan to install a new door (which is the trickiest bit), plan on where it will go. Decide on where and how you’d like windows and every other aspect of the room to be.
  • Understand the Utilities: Decide on how you want your room to be insulated. Where will the heating and lighting be and how will it be masked in the room. Consider the many different types of insulation options and opt for the one most ideal for your garage and its existing qualities.
  • Finalize the Flooring: Check the level of your garage’s floor because most of them are at an incline. You may have to elevate the floor by a few inches to even it out. Check with your contractor on what needs to be done and he/she will get the job done for you in no time. Once the floor level has been raised, decide on the kind of flooring (carpeted or not) you would like to install for the new room.
  • Install the Wall: Once the room is well connected to the main unit in its wiring, heating and plumbing, get the walls ready. Once you have erected the walls properly and thoroughly, add multiple coats of primer before you begin to paint on it.
  • Paint and Decorate: Once all of the above steps have been completed, begin painting the walls. Make sure the paint colors are in sync with the rest of the house because you still want it to seem like it’s part of the main unit and not a converted garage. Once that’s done, you’re free to decorate by placing the furniture and adding other elements of interior decor to it.

Although the process and idea of converting a garage into a room seems exciting and easily possible, we strongly recommend that you consult a professional contractor or architect who will be able to help you out every step of the way and make sure you have a fully functional, beautiful and effectively converted garage-room.