For many homeowners, the garage is a forgotten about area; it is often misused and neglected. The garage is full of random boxes, the giveaway pile, tins of paint, yard tools, toys, and anything else you just can’t find room for in your home. If you are looking for more living space, the garage may be the perfect answer. Converting your garage into a new living area is a great option for many homeowners, but it also comes with some pros and cons.
Pros of Garage Conversion
There are many reasons why you may need extra space in your home. You could be looking for a home office, spare bedroom, or a fun rec room for the family. Whatever the reason for your plans, closing in your garage could be the answer. Converting your garage can add some space to your home, and that is our first pro.
Added space- One of the best things about closing in your garage is that you can get extra space relatively fast and easily. Adding on an addition or even selling your home and buying a bigger one can be a massive headache. Closing in your garage can give you the added space you need without disrupting the whole house, as most of the mess will be contained in that area.
Cost and Time- When you are looking to add space, an addition is a significant upfront cost. Since your garage is an existing structure in your home, you will be working with an existing foundation and walls. This can cut down on the cost associated with getting your extra space. Your garage can also save you time since some of the work needed has already been done.
Keep your outdoor space- Some homeowners enjoy the amount of yard they currently have. If this is you, then closing in your garage could be an answer. You will not be losing any of your outdoor space or manicured lawn by closing in your garage.
Cons of Garage Conversion
Just like all things, when there are pros to a situation, there are always some cons. Some of the cons we can think of when converting your garage can include loss of storage, could make the home hard to sell, and taxes could be affected.
Losing storage space- If you are currently using your garage to store everything you can’t find space for in your home, you may have to get rid of a few things or get a storage building. This could mean an added expense to your garage conversion. If you use your garage to store your vehicle, you must ensure you have another place to park.
Harder to Sell- While you are looking for more added space in your home, the next buyer may have preferred to have a garage if you ever look to sell. While you may see it as an upgrade, not all buyers will agree with you.
Taxes- In some cities, when you increase the square footage of your home with an addition or a garage conversion, you will have to pay more in taxes. Check with the tax commissioner in your area before starting your conversion to find out how it works in your area.
Cavalier Builders Can Help
If you are in the Hidden Hills, California, and surrounding areas and looking for a company, who can help with your garage conversion, give us a call. The team at Cavalier Builders offers quality restoration services and has been helping homeowners like you since 1999. We provide free estimates and can be reached at 1-800-749-5765 or on the contact us tab on our website. We look forward to helping you design your dream home addition.