Converting a Garage into a Studio

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The garage of your home offers a ready-made enclosed space which you can renovate according to your needs. Follow the steps below to convert your garage into an artistic studio.

Plan the project

Start by planning the conversion of garage into studio from start to finish. Note down any kind of alterations or additions that will have to be made to the basic systems, such as the electrical wiring or plumbing. Draw your renovation plans on a plane paper since plans related to building codes may require written approval from the provincial/territorial housing authority. You can also hire services of a qualified architect to help you draw the design.

Remove the garage door(s)

Once you have laid out a conversion plan, start the project by removing the garage door. You can use these openings to install windows and exterior doors. However, if you have specified another place for windows and exterior door, then frame and close off these openings as soon as possible.

Add water, power, and climate control

Now hire services of an electrician to help you add a new circuit to the existing electrical system, and install new power outlets and lightning, if required. If your garage did not have an exhaust, install one. Hire a professional to add thermal insulation in the outer walls and ceiling. Hire a plumber to extend water lines and natural gas lines, if necessary, and add a skylight to provide adequate lighting for working.

Install floor

Garages usually have concrete floors, which are cold and hard. To counter that, lay a built-up floor of underlayment on furring strips,  providing insulation between the strips. You can complete this type of floor by covering the furring strips with tiles, carpet or hardwood.

Install fixtures and appliances

After laying the floor, install all the necessary fixtures and appliances you want to have in your studio. The common fixtures that are part of almost every studio include cabinets, countertops, work surface, and bathroom facilities, if necessary. If you think you will spend a major part of your day in the studio then it is better to install microwave and a room fridge as well.

Complete the project

Complete your project by working from top to bottom, ceiling, walls and floor. Make sure you paint the studio and add wallpapers before installing the floor covering – paint spills may ruin the carpet or hardwood. Cover the windows with thick curtains or drapes and your customized studio is ready.

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