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Old 01-30-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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Garage Conversion


Had another kid.....Need another room.

Thinking of converting my single car garage into a room.

I live in Florida and the garage is already 2/3 built up and enclosed. Although not insulated.

So anyone have experience doing this and can lend some advice?


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Old 01-30-2017, 07:29 PM   #2
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I am thinking of doing something similar, although to make a mudroom entrance to the house, not a living space. There are numerous code issues you need to address, assuming you plan to pull a permit (strongly recommended). You will need to address egress, windows, foundation, insulation, HVAC, electrical, fire code issues, since a garage is typically not designed to habitable space standards. Best place to start would be with your local building inspector, they can tell you what type of plans you needs, what code you need to build to, and any special local provisions.
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There's a few hundred post in the remodeling, and building and construction forums.
#1, Your going to need at least building, electric, zoning permits, some places even have insulation inspections.
Post a picture of the outside facing the overhead door.
Main reason is if done wrong that's the first place water's going to come in.
Not sure what you mean by 2/3 built up.
Spacing of outlets is going to be different in living space and a garage.
Also the breaker needs to be Arc Fault.
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Old 01-31-2017, 04:41 AM   #4
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1/3 is already a indoor laundry room and 1/3 is already a bedroom. The remaining 1/3 is still a garage with the outside garage door.




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The laundry room was possibly part of the original construction but the 1/3 bedroom may have been built without a permit. If so, that needs to be included in this application so all inspections can be brought up to date.

As Daniel said, city hall permit office is the place to start. Often engineered plans are required and the list of permits and inspections will help with the planning.

Local codes can vary from national codes so only they will know.

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Would there be a benefit in hiring an architect to draw blue prints that I can follow?


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Always good to have a set of approved plans to follow, especially if you are not fully familiar with all of the codes. It's a real pain to have to rip something apart to make changes. Plus, some locations will require plans for approval.

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