If you are buying a condo, townhouse, or free-standing home in a neighborhood with amenities such as a shared swimming pool, tennis courts, or parking garages, odds are that there will be a homeowner’s association (HOA). But, what is an HOA and how will it affect your quality of living? What is an HOA? An […]
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A garage doesn’t have to be used for cars or for storage. You can turn your garage into an apartment. Here’s how to turn your garage into an apartment.
- Get clearance
Before you begin any project, you have to make sure that the remodeling you’re doing is legal! Take a trip to your city hall (or wherever your local government resides) and make sure that your local government allows such building.
- Safety matters
Once you've cleared your project with the local government, you need to pass a building inspection to make sure that the area you are building on is safe to do so.
- Obtain a permit
To start building, you have to get a building permit. Although you will be working on your own house, you need to obtain a permit to use all the heavy equipment needed to complete the job.
- Create a floor plan
What will the space look like? Before meeting with a contractor, you want to determine how you want the layout of your garage apartment to look so they can tell you if the plan is doable. Figure out how many rooms you want, where you want the doors to go, and whether you want to create a one-floor or two-floor apartment. Part of your plan should include a framed wall that covers the existing garage door opening. The door should be fixed in a shut position and may need to be screwed in place.
For a garage apartment, you will most likely need four, if not more, electrical outlets and, if wanted, separate plumbing. Luckily, most garages already have this! Depending on your floor plan, you may just have to move around some outlets or add in plumbing. However, if you want to add a kitchenette, some major construction may be required.
- Prep the area
The garage will need to be completely cleaned before construction starts. If needed, install baseboards, which should be caulked to the floor and the wall with a high-grade paintable caulk.
Wall-to-wall carpeting is not well equipped for garage apartments because of the “leak” factor that they possess. Typically, they are floored with ceramic or vinyl tile. Before installing the flooring, clean the floor again. If there is any paint buildup from your painting, you may need to use a weak acid wash to clean off the baseboards.
In most cases, the ceiling in your garage will have an electrical receptacle. This will make it very easy to install any sort of lighting fixture.
Garden State Home Loans announces the addition of Joseph Tursi, Business Development Representative Cherry Hill, NJ, June 6, 2019. Garden State Home Loans is pleased to announce that Joseph Tursi has joined the company as a Business Development Representative. Joseph Tursi brings years of experience in sales and customer service to his new position which has […]
Stephen Oliver Joins Garden State Home Loans Cherry Hill, NJ, May 28, 2019. Garden State Home Loans is pleased to announce that Stephen Oliver has joined the company as a Mortgage Loan Officer. Bringing several years of experience, vitality, and excitement to the position, Stephen Oliver comes to Garden State Home Loans from Trident Mortgage where […]
Before beginning a painting project, it’s important to ask the potential company you are hiring questions about their business. Here are some critical questions to ask your painting company to help you decide the correct company for you. Do you require payment upfront? While there isn’t a right answer to this question, it can give […]
Having a good credit score is essential for getting a good mortgage rate. Before purchasing a home, make sure you have started to build your credit and that it is in a good place. Here’s how to start building your credit to put you in an optimal position. How to start building credit At a […]
Pay attention to curb appeal First impressions are important! The first thing a potential buyer sees is the front of your house, so make sure that the first impression they get is a good one! Clean off the dead leaves and debris from your lawn and make sure there isn’t any overgrown vegetation blocking the […]
Small closets can be annoying. While it’s hard (or near impossible) to change to space your closet allows you, there are ways to make your closet seem larger. Here are seven tips to make your small closet space work for you. Add a fresh coat of paint – and a light To make your closet […]
10 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring With spring right around the corner, it’s time to get your house ready for the season change. Here are some things that will help you get your home ready for spring. Test smoke alarms While this isn’t just a task for spring, it’s still important to […]
Living Coral: The 2019 Color of the Year For the past twenty years, PANTONE has chosen a color of the year. This color influences product development and purchasing designs in multiple industries. Each year, PANTONE’s color experts look for new color influences in areas such as the entertainment industry, all areas of design, art, travel, new […]