Budget to Turn Your Garage Into an Extra Room

Need a bit of breathing room in your home? Maybe the teenagers are driving you nuts and need extra space, or you’re over having to pump up air mattresses whenever family visits. If you’re looking for an easy way to grow your home, set these Goals to turn your garage into an extra room.
Well-organized-clean-three-car-residential-garage-000058143510 Double

Rough wiring

Most garages are equipped with overhead lights and wall outlets, but not nearly as many as a room in the typical house. In unfinished garages, this is easily remedied by adding some outlets and electrical boxes suited for your lighting style of choice. A licensed electrician should be able to complete the work in one to two days, and then you’ll be ready for the next step in your garage finishing project.

Rough wiring
$750

Framing and exterior finishing

Most people won’t want one or two large overhead doors leading in and out of their new room. The good news is that removing the doors and filling in the opening won’t be that costly or time consuming. The bad news is that exterior finishes can be hard to match. You or your contractor may need to get creative, but closing in your garage doors is an essential step in turning your garage into an extra room.

Filling in overhead door openings
$1000

Insulation

If you’re going to heat and/or cool your new room (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ll need to add insulation if it doesn’t already exist. Insulation is measured in R-value; the higher the number, the better the insulation. Wall insulation should have an R-value of at least R-19, while the attic or roof of your garage should sport a minimum of R-38 insulation. Insulation types include fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, but all will perform well if installed correctly.

Insulation
$1200

Drywall installation

The next step in your garage finishing project is installing drywall. If you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you can save money by hanging and finishing your drywall yourself, but most homeowners will be better off hiring a professional to take care of this chore.

Drywall installation
$900

Paint

Painting is one of the things in the construction world that everyone thinks they can do, but only a few can do it well. The bottom line is that you can paint your own finished garage to save money, but the results will be better if you hire a professional. Choose wisely.

Painting
$1000

Flooring

With today’s technology, virtually any flooring can be installed over your existing concrete garage floor. Options include carpet, laminate, vinyl, or wood flooring. Prices vary according to the type and model of flooring you choose, so let your remaining budget and your decorator’s eye decide on what’s best for you.

Flooring
$3000

Trim

Crown, door and window, and base molding can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like and can afford. Some homeowners choose to install this finishing touch themselves, which is fine. But a word of caution is in order. If you don’t finish your trim projects before moving into your new room, you may never do so. You’ve been warned. A professional trim carpenter can usually complete a room, even a big one, in less than a day. The added labor might be worth its weight in gold when your room is completed on time.

Trim
$1000

Disclaimer: Hey! Welcome to our disclaimer. Here’s what you need to know to safely consume this blog post: Any outbound links in this post will take you away from Simple.com, to external sites in the wilds of the internet; neither Simple nor The Bancorp Bank, our partner bank, endorses any linked-to websites; and we didn’t pay/barter with/bribe anyone to appear in this post. And as much as we wish we could control the cost of things, any prices in this article are just estimates. Actual prices are up to retailers, manufacturers, and other people who’ve been granted magical powers over digits and dollar signs.