How-To Videos

Converting a Basement, Attic or Garage

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.


Please Leave a Comment

One Comment on “Converting a Basement, Attic or Garage”

You can follow comments to this article by subscribing to the RSS news feed with your favorite feed reader.

  • Corey B Hudson Says:
    October 11th, 2018 at 1:29 am there is 600 sq.ft above the kitchen which has a tray ceiling. U can see it from up top
    Wanting a large bonus roo with a full bathroom and a 10×10 office. I have to build a staircase in the foyer for access. Slightly complicated but plumbing, electrical and HVAC all accessible. My problem is putting a floor down up there without it putting pressure on the kitchen sheetrock. Will be 3/4 CD plywood along with laminate pergo flooring. Help me please. Just wondered if I need to build a floor about e existing and use some kind of padding in between floors to avoid drywall downstairs from cracking le t me know how to do this and with e wey precaution. The home is a 400,ooo dollar 3 year new home

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at

 characters available

Converting a Basement, Attic or Garage