Have you ever thought about converting your garage into a home office, workshop, guest room, or studio apartment? If you’re inclined to to Do-It-Yourself, rather than hiring a contractor, the reason is probably somewhat cost-related, even if you’re handy.
The costs associated with garage conversion depend on a couple of factors: How big the garage is, how the space will be used, and the level and duration of construction required. Even if you want to go the DIY route in order to save money, you can still expect to spend between $2,000 and $10,000 (or more). Not to mention what you’ll pay in time and labor.
Additionally, because a garage conversion project still requires building permits before work begins and inspections throughout the building process, it may be easier to hire a contractor. A contractor can also help you with the necessary electrical and plumbing work required to meet the approval of the building inspector. Once this phase of the project is over, you can DIY the rest of it, saving money along the way.
You may find during initial inspections that your garage area is not already up to code. Bringing the space to current code could involve installing sprinkler systems, adding ventilation, adding insulation, or replacing the garage flooring. Working with a contractor during the planning phases of your construction means spending a little more (it often costs somewhere between $7,000 and $20,000), but it will make following through on permits and inspections that much easier.