Converting a Basement, Attic, or Garage into Useable Living Space
By: Danny Lipford
While converting an unused basement, attic, or garage into additional living space is a popular option, careful planning is needed to prevent potential problems.
- Basement Conversion: In basements, issues include relocating ductwork, wiring, and plumbing as well as the lack of windows and doors needed to provide ventilation, natural lighting, and emergency exits.
- Attic Conversion: Turning an attic into living space may require adding a staircase and beefing up the existing framing. Dormers are usually the best way to add light and additional floor space to an attic room.
- Garage Conversion: To allow it to blend seamlessly with the rest of the house, try to match the exterior building materials used on the garage conversion to the house as closely as possible. Also, disguise the garage door opening and remove the driveway where it meets the home.
If you take these unique planning and design aspects into consideration, your conversion will be a success.