Every time anyone goes in an out of our bathroom at night I can hear it because the bathroom door squeaks. I've asked by husband to fix it so many times that I am sick of the sound of my voice. I am getting a contractor to fix the job and do all of the other jobs on my husband's to do list. I am sick of nagging him, so I'm hiring in someone to get rid of all of these little issues. This blog is for other fed up wives who just want to see their houses fixed like they asked.
If you find that you need a home office but don't have space inside your home, you might be considering using your garage. Many people don't use their garages much aside from storing various items, so it can be a great space to convert to an office. There are just a few things you need to do first. Here are some tips for converting your garage into an office space.
Clean and Control Pests
The first thing you need to do is clean the garage, remove items that are being stored, and start controlling your current pests. If you are only going to use half of the garage as the office, start moving everything to one side of the garage. When you only use half of it, some walls need to be put up as partitions between storage and the office space. Since garages tend to attract a lot of different bugs, you should look through the boxes, in cracks, and around the inside of the garage for signs of ants, cockroaches, mice, and rats. Calling an exterminator is often a good choice. Make sure you are starting with a clean and organized garage before continuing.
Provide Insulation and HVAC Access
In order to have a home office that is comfortable, you need proper access to the home's heating and air conditioning. Consult an HVAC technician to decide if you can simply open vents into the garage or if you need a separate system for this space. Part of getting access to the HVAC system is improving the insulation of the garage. If it isn't insulated properly, your energy bills will get sky high, as it will be much more difficult to to warm and cool the space.
Install Wiring and Plumbing
The next thing to do is ensure you have adequate plumbing and electrical wiring in the garage. You might need an additional circuit to be installed in the garage so you can plug in your different electronic appliances. While you likely have some wiring in the garage now, you don't want to overload the circuits. You need wiring for lighting, your computer, printer, and other electronic equipment. If you want to have a small bathroom in the home office, you will also need to consult a plumbing contractor.
Replace the Garage Door
One of the last things you will do when converting a garage to an office space is replacing the garage door with a wall. Even if the door is closed all the time, there will be too much air coming in through the gap around the door for proper insulation. It is best to remove the door and have stud walls put up in its place. This keeps the garage closed and prepared for better comfort.
If you need help with the renovation, you may want to work with an experienced garage company.Share
12 January 2016