How to Convert a Garage Into a Family Room

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If your house or apartment doesn't have a good place for your family to gather, consider converting your garage. Depending on the state of your garage, the project could take only as a few days and relatively few materials. You can even enlist the help of family members to make it a fun bonding activity. Give everyone a separate job to speed through the project, or work together to paint the walls, carpet the floors and add interesting accents to liven up your old storage space.

Things You'll Need

  • Framing
  • Wood posts
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Drywall tape
  • Sheet rock compound (if you live in a cold area)
  • Paint
  • Paint rollers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Painting tape
  • Plastic floor covers
  • Carpet or a large rug
  • Furnishings
  • Clear out the garage. This is the first, and most difficult, step. You'll need a different storage area to stow everything temporarily. Consider renting a storage unit or putting things into your attic. Donate or sell anything that you no longer need.

  • If your garage doesn't have enough electrical outlets, you'll need to rewire the garage. It is highly recommend that you hire someone to do this as opposed to doing this yourself, as it can be dangerous.

  • If you live in a cold area, you will need to insulate your walls. The interior-most wall usually gets heat from the house, but the two walls that are exposed to the elements need to be insulated. This will require framing the walls, which involves affixing wood posts to the walls so that insulation can be stuck in between the posts.

  • If insulation was applied, cut some drywall and apply it to the framing in order to hide the insulation. Cover the gaps in between drywall pieces with drywall tape, then cover the drywall tape with sheet rock compound. Sand it smooth.

  • Brighten the walls and ceiling with a few fresh coats of paint. Use a bright color to make the enclosed space seem larger.

  • Measure floors and buy carpet for the space, or buy a large rug. If you want carpet, have it installed professionally as it is a difficult and tedious job that requires expensive machinery.

  • Furnish the room with a sofa, television, electric fireplace and bookcases as desired.

  • Set up space heaters and fans to control temperatures throughout the seasons.

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