Converting your garage can be a long process, as there are many things that you need to consider and do in order to convert it well. There are plenty of things that you should do when converting a garage, but also many things that you shouldn’t do. Unfortunately, sometimes it is easy to not realise the difference between the two.
So, what shouldn’t you do when converting a garage for more uses?
DON’T Knock Down Walls
Walls are the support system that holds up your home – the same can be said for the garage. If you remove one, without properly consulting a professional, then you may discover that you have in fact removed a load bearing wall. This would eventually lead to the roof of your garage collapsing entirely as there would be nothing to support the roof.
If you are considering removing a wall you should first consult a building inspector, ensuring that it is not a wall which will negatively affect the integrity of the building once removed.
DON’T Cover Ventilation
It is tempting to cover anything that mars or otherwise disturbs a wall. However, you should resist this temptation when it comes to ventilation. Often, garages do not have windows and unless you plan to insert some in your garage then covering ventilation panels can be very dangerous. This is especially true if you plan to use your garage as a workshop or for other uses that will create a build-up of dust or debris.
Ventilation is irreplaceable for your long-term health and the safety of your garage – so, don’t cover them!
DO Check Building Approval
Sometimes converting a garage without the approval of your local governing body can be illegal. This changes depending on the size of your garage, what you are converting it for and other such factors. You should seek out the advice of local authority and determine whether your proposed alterations will need permission.
If so, your conversion may need to wait until this planning permission gains legality.
DO Hire a Professional
Hiring a professional is the obvious answer when converting a garage; it helps to reduce the likelihood of a mistake occurring due to DIY. This is especially the case when it comes to electrical wiring and plumbing. One mistake with either of these can lead to serious, life-threatening, problems and so you should always seek professional help.
It will also likely be completed much faster with professional help, as they are more likely to know what they are doing and will be able to work faster.
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