If you have a garage in your home that is at least 400 square feet, you have a usable space that you can convert into living or sleeping space.
First, get in touch with a company like Rise Construction that regularly does Houston home remodeling in order to gauge what your space will need structurally. There are many steps that a contractor will take when converting a garage into a bedroom, including:
- Adding electricity or upgrading electrical service so that you can power electronics and lights
- Insulating the space so it is usable in summer and winter
- Replacing garage doors with a real wall so that the structure is safe and structurally sound
- Adding in doors and windows so that the space is accessible and light can get in
- Adding insulation over the concrete floor slab and adding in a finished floor
- Insulating the ceiling so the structure and its contents are protected in all seasons
- Adding or connecting heating and cooling systems to the space
One of the most important parts of converting a garage into a bedroom is that the space should feel like a real room, not a garage in which you have placed furniture.
Speak to your architect or design company before you start the renovation to make sure you’re taking all of the appropriate steps to change up the space. You’ll want to add windows that are proper sizes and in proper places, install doors in logical spots (not necessarily where garage doors were), and add elements to ceilings or roofs to make them feel less low or slanted. Also, make sure you find a new place to store belongings that were originally stored in your garage, since you’ll want to be able to access things like a lawnmower, leaf blower and gardening tools easily — but not from a sleeping space.