Building Over Your Garage

Whether you’re tight on space or trying to increase the value of your home, an extension over the garage can be a great solution. Here is what you need to know about the process of building an additional area over your garage.

1.) Get a professional

Before you do anything, you’ll need to contact an engineer to ensure that your garage is up to snuff and capable of supporting extra weight. It’s possible that you will need to add support beams to give it extra stability. Additionally you’ll need to look at your foundation and make sure it runs deep enough.

2.) Keep with the flow

No one wants the addition on their house to look like a mismatched hodge-podge of building blocks. Keep with the original design of your house when considering windows, gables, colors, etc. If possible, add on to your house around the same time you give the rest of the exterior an upgrade. This will help create a seamless look.

3.) Insulate

Unless you’re wasting a lot of energy, your garage probably isn’t heated in the winter. That cold can creep up into your new space if you’re not careful. While you’re constructing the new addition, take some time and insulate it well. You’ll be thankful come winter.

 

4.) Plan your plumbing

You can add a bathroom above your garage, but plan wisely. Pipes need to stay warm, so you should avoid running them down the exterior walls. Also, coordinate when you plan to install your bathroom, so you can plan ahead of time when you want to shut off the water to the rest of the house.

 

5.) Design

Make sure the idea of what you want works with both the outside and the inside of the house. Avoid doors on corners bumping up against one another or a bedroom that leads directly to the stairs without a hallway.

 

Tip:

If you’re looking to increase the value of your home by building an extension, think about whether it will be attached to the house. (Some garages are not attached.) While an unattached building might be great for a young adult, a family with young children might not see it as such a big bonus. Just to be sure, consult with a professional to see what kind of value you’re actually adding to your home.

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Sources:

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20576876_21131143,00.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renovatinganddiy/5044639/Building-above-the-garage-Time-to-extend-yourself.html

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