As the wife and I gear up to make our way back to our hometown here in North Florida, we’re seriously considering building a new house on some acreage, since we can’t find anything that we really are looking to call our last home. Naturally, I’ve already been working on designing my stand-alone dream garage. I mean, as long as we’re building stuff… ?
The first step is often fixing a cracked floor or leveling it, and sometimes even staining it to make it look more attractive; the repairs cost $500-$12,500, and stains range from $2 to $10 per square foot. Drywall is typically put up, which costs from $1 to $2 per square foot. Adding boards for a storage space above the garage typically costs about $2 per square foot.
The first step in planning a garage conversion is deciding upon the room's new intended purpose. Do you need a place for teens to hang out at home with friends? Are you dreaming of a large, luxury man cave? Maybe you'd just enjoy an upgraded space to park your cars in winter - one that's fully insulated and climate controlled? Before you decide, keep a few factors in mind:
We had a great experience with Shane. He was hired for an exterior house painting, a 40's craftsman with varying ages of wood siding. He was honest with his assessment of the job, very confident with his work and was flexible with taking care of other small odds and ends while he and his team painted. I really appreciated that he was on-site with his team for the entirety of the job, so I knew that every nook and cranny we discussed would be taken care of with his oversight (not something you get with most contractors who have teams). He paid attention to detail, and had no issue working through and fixing based on multiple rounds of feedback. Our house was a challenging job, and he was not averse to doing whatever he had to do to make sure the quality was up to snuff. Whether it be paint upgrades, hours of sanding/chipping, and multiple do-overs in various areas. The communication took a little to get going, but we spoke generally every day and I had ample updates from him along the way. Would recommend highly!
Did you now that the garage is one of the biggest uninsulated areas of the home? Improperly insulated garage doors can vastly increase your heating and electric bills. Even worse, they can cause moisture damage once it rains or an uncomfortable setting every time you enter. Therefore, garage insulation tends to creep up with all garage remodeling projects, especially those concerning a finished garage.
So if you are in need of a garage but don’t have a lot of money then consider this option. It could still be used as a great protector of your vehicles and other items. And would certainly make a great workspace as well. The only thing I wouldn’t be certain about would be the storage of personal items. But that could be worked around if this project could be done on a budget that works for you.
Paint manufacturers have recognized these problems and have come to the rescue with new solutions. But a word of advice: If your garage floor sees heavy water leakage, if it's badly cracked or if it's damp and slimy all summer, don't apply any coating. In those cases, you're better off simply keeping it as clean as you can and then calling it quits.