We Converted Our Garage Into a Living Space

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We moved into our house in June 2008 and always dreamed of converting our garage into a living space.
we converted our garage into a living space
We moved into our house in June 2008 and always dreamed of converting our garage into a living space.  We never parked in our 2-car garage.  We always kept our cars in the driveway.  Over the years our garage became packed with junk and unfinished projects.  We accumulated way too much stuff!
we converted our garage into a living space
Once we decided to move forward with making the garage into a room we got serious about getting rid of stuff we didn't need.  We donated a lot of things to charity and utilized their free pick up service.  We worked together every week on trash collection day, until the garage was organized.  It felt so good to be rid of the clutter.
we converted our garage into a living space
Where do you store the stuff that would normally go in the garage?  We considered purchasing a shed, but don't want a big unit in our backyard.  The lawn mower and pressure washer are covered outside on the deck.  I reorganized our closet in the entry for general storage; leaf blower, carpet cleaner, steam mop, a few paint cans and tools.  Cleaning supplies are now stored under the bathroom and kitchen sink.  We used to keep our shoes in the garage.  Now we're using clear under-bed storage boxes.  Everything has its place rather than being thrown in a corner of the garage.
we converted our garage into a living space
 A few people have asked, what if we plan to sell our house in the future.  We don't plan on moving!  We make changes in our house to fit our needs, not the needs of an unforeseeable future homeowner.
we converted our garage into a living space
We worked with a contractor to plan our conversion.
we converted our garage into a living space
 We did our homework, discussed our goals and planned the design before moving forward with construction.
we converted our garage into a living space
It's been so fun watching the transformation! We had amazing contractors that helped us create this beautiful space.
we converted our garage into a living space
But, oh my goodness, the mess!  I forgot to mention the dry wall dust.  For the last few weeks, our home became a construction site.  Our daily routines were interrupted as someone was always walking through our kitchen.
we converted our garage into a living space
It's truly been a positive experience.  The messy details ensured beautiful results.
we converted our garage into a living space
The paint color has been carefully chosen to fit our my style.  I chose a light color to keep the room bright.  Benjamin Moore- Abalone (matched to Glidden Paint)
we converted our garage into a living space
My husband let me have my way with every decision, except for the fans.  I wanted pretty light fixtures, but he insisted on ceiling fans for air circulation and to keep the room cool in the summer.  It makes total sense!  We preferred the look without lights.
we converted our garage into a living space
I've ALWAYS wanted a window seat.
we converted our garage into a living space
 I dreamed of a window seat with a cushion and lots of pretty pillows.  I love having the extra space for storage too.  Oh the possibilities...
we converted our garage into a living space
My creative juices have been flowing and I cannot wait to decorate.  We gained 480 square feet of living space.
we converted our garage into a living space
I'm really excited to make it cozy.
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  • Divab
    on Jan 19, 2019

    How did you do a vapor barrier? I have a small 2 story barn I need to convert, but don't know what to do about vapor barrier on preexisting building that doesn't have one.

    • Nicole
      on Jan 21, 2019

      I suggest using a good bubble foil insulation as a vapor barrier & insulator.

  • Sandra Romo
    on Jan 20, 2019

    Hello. If you don’t mind me asking, how much did you spend total and did you ha e to get any city permits? We live in California and I want to get my garage turn into a guest room but I’m on a low budget

  • Altmanrainey25
    on Jan 24, 2019

    Can you put windows in your autogarage door

    • Susan
      30 minutes ago

      I’m sure the door is completely removed and a new wall goes there. Who would use a flimsy, unstable garage door for a permanent wall?

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  • Leonie Serhan
    on Jan 24, 2019

    it's a credit to you,well done god bless.



  • Susan
    29 minutes ago

    Great to add more livable space to your home; would be nice to see it completely furnished and finished.

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