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Old 04-30-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Garage/Shop conversion into Living


Hello,

I have a 22' by 21' area that was originally a 2-car garage and was partially finished, converted into a shop.

The previous owners did the following:
  • Removed Garage Door
    Added Brick Wall w/ few windows
    Installed Carpet Floor
    Added studs to block walls
    Added some plywood
    Some insulation
    Drywall on ceiling

I plan on completely finishing the room, but I have a few questions.
My plan so far:
- Remove studs attached to block wall
- Leave a space from wall and do new 2x4 framing
- Re-do wiring
- Insulate
- Drywall

HVAC: Mini Split unit


I've been reading the forums and have a few questions:

1- How do I frame around the elevated areas (mainly close to the doors)
2- What to do with the current carpet flooring? (would like to keep it)
3- Any other input/suggestions?

PS: Sorry for the mess, everything will be leaving the area soon.


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If you are in an area of Mass. that requires permits you will need plans for it.

The plans should outline what you need to get it done so it is reasonably safe to occupy.

That is why god created designers.

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Like Andy said.....you need permits.....if you get caught without one....chances are, you would have to rip it all out....and pay a hefty fine.
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If you are in an area of Mass. that requires permits you will need plans for it.

The plans should outline what you need to get it done so it is reasonably safe to occupy.

That is why god created designers.

I am too busy so don't ask me.


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Thanks for the input.
I will be using the space as an entertainment area, more like a mancave.
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Like Andy said.....you need permits.....if you get caught without one....chances are, you would have to rip it all out....and pay a hefty fine.
Thanks for the input.

Any comments on the questions I asked above regarding the framing around the elevated areas, and what to do with the carpet floors (thinking about cutting the edges and leaving it as is)
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Before you do anything, find out if permits were given for previous remodeling by the former owner.
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Before you do anything, find out if permits were given for previous remodeling by the former owner.
Noted. I will contact the building department and ask to see the permits history.
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is the carpet installed on the concrete slab or did they install a wood flooring system?

if concrete is the floor sloped towards the previous location of the garage door?

what part of Mass may I ask? I may have experience in that area.
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is the carpet installed on the concrete slab or did they install a wood flooring system?

if concrete is the floor sloped towards the previous location of the garage door?

what part of Mass may I ask? I may have experience in that area.

1- I pulled some of the carpet to take a look, and it looks like it was installed on concrete slab (on top of some padding).

2- The floor is level everywhere, with exception of the 2 door entrances (1 goes to basement, other to "tool storage area")
2a- It seems like there's a "cement ramp" towards the door, as you can see in the pictures.

3- Bristol County.


Now the questions I'm debating with are:
- Should I just replace the entire carpet? (I would rather not, as this was not included in my budget)
- How do I frame around the sloped door entrance (see 2nd pic)

I can provide better pictures if needed.
Thanks again guys.
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