Remodel your garage into a livable space

Remodel your garage into a livable space

With today’s economy, families are considering staying in their homes for a few more years rather than jumping into the real estate market. Rather than taking a chance on purchasing a new property, consider remodeling the one you already own to meet your family’s needs. The perfect place to turn into usable, livable space – the garage.

While you may be concerned with losing garage space that afforded you more storage, your garage can be transformed into a space that can greatly enhance the value of your home. With a little planning, a little investment and a little energy, only the imagination and the four walls can limit the new uses of your garage. According to the California Building Industry Association, here are four ways you can transform your garage into extra livable space:

An additional bedroom: Some families have increased in size, either by having additional children or receiving a parent or grandparent into the home. Extra sleeping space also may be necessary for occasional visitors or vacation guests.

More living space: Rather than building an additional room, the garage may be converted into a family room, dining area or even a game room.

A studio or office: New technologies, such as wireless networks, now allow more companies to grant remote privileges to their employees. Telecommuters need office space at home and a transformation of the garage may be just the ticket.

An apartment: Perhaps additional income may be important as a homeowner. Changing the garage into an apartment could provide some much needed help in paying the mortgage.

How do I find someone to help with this project?

It is the wise dreamer that will enlist the help of a qualified, licensed contractor. Wiring, HVAC, flooring, and windows can prove to be challenging when tackling a project of this size, not to mention following local California building codes and permit rules.

Let Angie’s List help you find the perfect Los Angeles remodeling contractor to help transform your space. In August 2011, Angie’s List provided reviews and ratings to more than 800 members searching for Los Angeles remodeling contractors. Sign in to Angie’s List and search for countless service providers near you. See how they compare against one another and read member reviews about recent remodeling work.

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