04:44AM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
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I am a new home owner. I bought a house that has a 2 car attached garage that I want to convert into living space. It is currently connected to the living room and kitchen. I don't know where to begin but I want to do as much work as I can on my own to save money. What all will I need to consider? Any help would be greatly appreciated


10:51AM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
electrical outlets, lighting, switches
plumbing - if a bathroom is needed
safe exit in a fire (a door or window)
drywall, paint, carpet, ......


03:59PM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Start with your local building dept. there are things to consider like the firewall (and perhaps ceiling)applications and fireblocking most importantly. You don't want to void your insurance.
Most building depts will be extremly helpful for homeowners in these situations. Most also has hand outs that will help you in your planning, permiting & design of the space.


05:34PM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Yep. Start with your Building/Zoning department.

Many, if not most, communities do not permit the conversion of garages to living space for a variety of reasons.

Best time to find out if yours does not allow such conversions is now...


03:18AM | 05/14/03
Member Since: 05/11/03
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Thanks- I would not have considered or thought about a zoning issue. Much obliged.

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