Renovating a residential garage can be an exciting and rewarding project, but it can also be a complex and costly process if you are not well prepared.
Ultimately, it’s a great way to increase the living space in your home while adding value to your property. Here are the key steps to follow for a successful renovation:
- Assess the existing space | Before beginning any renovation project, assess the current condition of your garage and determine what needs to be done to improve the available space. Assess the structure, walls, ceiling, doors, windows, lighting, heating, electrical, plumbing and condition of your floor. Note which features you want to keep and which you want to improve or change.
- Create a plan | Once you have assessed the existing space, create a plan for your new garage design. Decide how you want to use the available space and how this will affect the layout of the space as well as the lighting, heating, electrical and plumbing. Also determine what structural improvements you will need to make to your walls and ceiling such as insulation.
- Determine a budget | Set a budget for this renovation. This will help you determine the priorities and options that best suit your needs and budget.
- Get a permit | In most cases, the nature and scope of your renovation will determine whether you need a permit from your municipality. It is important to verify everything before you start. It is your responsibility to do so. This work must respect the building code in force.
- Prepare the garage | Clean and clear the garage of its contents. Remove everything that is anchored to the walls and ceiling. Take advantage of this great cleaning to give away or sell what you no longer need. Take advantage of an empty garage to make structural improvements such as insulation or replacement of doors and windows as well as lighting, heating, plumbing, painting, and flooring.
- Storage and organization | Once all your work is completed, you need to think about storage and organization of the space. Consider different options for this such as cabinets, shelving, ceiling storage racks, PVC wall hanging surfaces with steel accessories or any other storage options that allow you to maximize your space.
- Finishing touches | Once your structural improvements and other work are complete, as well as the installation of your storage solutions, you can consider adding finishing touches to further personalize your space and make it even more comfortable and welcoming. It’s up to you to identify the accessories that will complete your design.
By following these key steps, you can successfully renovate your residential garage into a useful, comfortable space that meets the needs of you and your family.