A garage isn’t just used for vehicles; some homeowners also use it as extra space, especially if the main house is getting a bit crowded. If you’re planning on updating it, however, like any home remodeling project, it comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
In this post, STL Design and Build discusses the pros and cons that come with converting your garage into a living space.
One of the most important pros that come with turning a garage into a living space is that you won’t lose any precious yard space. Since you don’t have to have an addition built, the yard can still be used for various outdoor activities or for your desired deck design. Expanding into the garage also means there’s already a perfectly good structure waiting to be used and only needs a few touch ups to be liveable. With that in mind, a garage conversion can also by DIY’d as long as you have enough time and experience to do so.
Garage conversions come with their own drawbacks, one of which is the loss of storage. Aside from parking your car, it’s also a good place to store items that you only use seasonally, such as Christmas decorations or items you don’t use all the time like the lawn mower. It’s also likely that you’ll lose the only parking space you have in your home and might even violate local laws for on-site parking spaces.
The final drawback that you really have to look out for is your property values. A garage conversion won’t increase your home’s value and may even make selling your home difficult. This is because potential buyers can be turned off due to the lack of protected parking space and extra storage space.
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