If you need an extra room, then converting your garage is one way to achieve this. Renovating a garage is easier than adding a house extension as the foundations, walls and roof are already in place.
However a garage conversion is still a substantial renovation, depending on to what extent you are going to change the existing structure and interior.
Garage conversions will require council consents and LBP builders to bring the Garage renovation up to building code.
Maybe you need a parents or kids or hideaway, a mancave or somewhere for grandparents to live. Perhaps your teenager needs their own space, or a teenager needs to vacate their own room for a baby that’s on the way. Maybe a second lounge, video games room or study is needed to give the family some extra space. Maybe you would like some additional income and rent the garage space out?
Renovating converting a garage will generally require a local council consent if someone intends to sleep or live there. This is required if you are planning to use it as a bedroom, as opposed to simply using it to play table tennis or video games. Consider whether you will be changing the interior, for example; making it livable, creating a ceiling, laying carpet, creating & insulating walls or partitions. This will require qualified builders work and could become a major renovation. On the other hand, laying some rugs and painting the walls may be all that is required to convert your garage into a games room.
If you are renovating your garage to make it into a habitable room, there are considerations for making it as comfortable as your existing home and up to current building code. Water proofing may be required, including fixing roof leaks, elevating or sealing floors to prevent water from flooding underneath. Insulation will be necessary to keep it warm. Garages are usually on a concrete slab, so some sort of floor covering should be laid on top, with insulation if possible. Consider how you will heat the converted garage during winter, and how you will keep it cool during summer. Ensure that it has adequate ventilation. Does it need more power for outlets, appliances and lighting? This may be linked to your existing house system, or separate. If you want the garage renovated into a self contained dwelling, plumbing and drainage will also be required.
Building a house extension would be far more expensive than an garage conversion. Done right, a garage conversion can become a wonderful living or working space and can even provide added rental income if you convert it into a second dwelling. Just be sure you get professional Auckland Builders help and do the job right.
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