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Garage Conversion Advice from a Pro

Advice on converting garage space to living space from an officer of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

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Hi, my name is Mike Hydeck of Hydeck & MacKay Builders, a certified remodelling contractor. I'm located in the Philadelphia area and an officer of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). A garage conversion project is a great and inexpensive way to add form and space to your home. The only real downside is the loss of a protected area to park your vehicle. If you are planning to makeover your garage into a living space, consider this. Before you start, check local codes to be sure the renovation you are planning meet the city's building code and zoning requirement. You should also consider resale value because the next owners of your home may want somewhere to park their cars. An elaborate renovation will always pay off and increase real state value. A garage conversion project and some of the same concerns and problems as finishing a basement. There are cold concrete floors, so you want to insulate your garage and install suitable flooring and walls. If you are considering bathroom, kitchen, or wet bar as part of your garage makeover, special attention will be placed on plumbing. Since most garage floors are concrete, you will need to have pieces of concrete cut out to run the plumbing line. Whether you're planning to turn your garage into a gym, home theater, extra bedroom, or dining room, consult with a professional remodelling. We will advise about what it is and is it feasible within your budget. NARI's goal is to help homeowners find the right special partner to do the remodelling We want you to get the maximum value or enjoy it for the dollars you invested in your remodelling. Enjoy your new space.