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Dinosaurus

04:18AM | 12/21/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
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I was thinking of converting my garage into livable space. Now the garage is made of block. What procedure would I follow to convert this garage? Would I need to seal all the cracks first, Possible put blueboard down and then drywall to protect from moisture. Thanks

Glenn Good

05:52PM | 12/21/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
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The first step is to check you local building codes. You need to know about requirements such as insulation values, HVAC requirements to supply heat and AC to the new living space, electrical requirements, etc. The slab may also have moisture problems due to absence of a vapor barrier under the concrete that may not have been needed for a garage floor and could become a problem in a living space.

As far as drywalling over the block, you will be better off furring out the block to provide an air space between the drywall and the block. As I already stated above, you will need to take insulation values into account for the wall and ceiling, as well as the floor, before you begin. This also includes the need for a vapor barrier in the walls.

There are many things to think about when converting a garage to a new living space. I have mentioned only a few.

Glenn

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Dinosaurus

04:33AM | 12/22/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
Thank you for the response. Is there such a thing as a vapor barrier for walls in the home and not the garage.

My house sweats and I think that is what I need. What is a vapor barrier? Where is it installed? Who installs it.? Outside of the home on the roof or inside the home? Thank you SOOOOOOO much.


Dinosaurus

04:38AM | 12/22/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
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How do you put a vapor barrier in the walls?

Glenn Good

01:53PM | 12/22/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
What are the walls constructed of? Are they insulated? Is the ceiling insulated?

Glenn

Moderator: Construction Systems, Foundations, and Masonry & Stone

For more information about me, my qualifications, and/or home inspections please visit my website at:

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Dinosaurus

06:41AM | 12/27/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
The garage is made of cement block. The ceiling has blueboard on it because underneath it there is the water line.

The flooring is cement. So basically it is all cement.Thanks
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