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Old 09-13-2007, 02:19 PM   #1
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Need some suggestions on closing in a garage and expanding the living room.

I live in central Florida in a block home with very, very thick textured stucco exterior. I would like to covert my garage and extend my living room. I'll have to frame out the garage door opening with an 8" wall to match the wall thickness. Any ideas for finishing out the existing garage door opening to tie-in with the stucco? Since I'm planning to paint the exterior afterwards, it's not the color, but the texture I'm concerned about.

Also, should I pour a concrete "curb" across the garage door opening to prevent water infiltration? Or will a good caulk under a treated sill plate do?

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Old 09-13-2007, 11:48 PM   #2
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Install 8" block in the garage opening and stucco the exterior to match.
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Ron6519, thanks for the advice. I've got much more experience with carpentry than masonry. I'll go check out the masonry section and see if I can pick up some pointers (and read my local building codes!).
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Also make sure your garage has actual footings before you make it into finished space.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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Jiggyjack, what should I look for? If central Florida is like the rest of the deep South, my slab-on-grade house won't have true "footings", but just a really thickened turndown slab as a perimeter foundation.

All of the exterior walls (including the garage walls) are block. The house is only 30' wide, and the roof trusses span from exterior wall to exterior wall. The house is just a simple rectangle with the garage taking up one corner of it. The one spot that I'm concerned about not having the thickened edge is the garage door opening. But I don't want to tear up the driveway to check it. Options? Opinions? Ideas?

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