Converting a garage into living space is one of the most popular home improvements. It's easy to do, and it can be done in a weekend or less for much less than the cost of building an addition. In this article, we'll go over some steps you can expect when doing a conversion with Walters Remodeling.

Changing the garage into living space

Once you've removed the garage door and added insulation, you can begin to install electrical service. You'll also need to install plumbing and construct a bathroom. This is where your project may really start to take shape.

Removing the garage door

The first step in converting your garage into a living space is to remove the garage door.Generally, this consists of a pair of hinges on either side of the door and two rollers that guide it up and down.

The rollers are usually held in place with a bracket connected to the inside face of each side of your garage wall, so if you're not confident about removing them yourself (it can be tricky), find someone who knows what they're doing.

Improving the insulation

Insulation is important for energy efficiency, but it also helps to reduce noise. When you're converting your garage into a room that's used often, it's especially critical that you have the right amount of insulation in place.

The best type of insulation to use when doing a garage conversion is closed cell spray foam, which comes in two types: open-cell and closed-cell. Closed-cell spray foam insulates better than open-cell spray foam; however, both types are considered non-toxic and safe to use around children or pets.

Adding electrical service

  • Installation of the electrical service
  • Installation of the electrical panel
  • Connecting the wiring
  • Installing the light fixtures
  • Installing the outlets

Installing plumbing

When it comes to plumbing, the location of your garage will determine how much you need. For example, a detached garage will require more plumbing than an attached one. You’ll need to have a water supply and drainage system installed in order for it to be functional.

Constructing a bathroom

The conversion of your garage into a bathroom is the next step, and it’s a big one. There are many things to consider when choosing how to make this happen.

  • Will you put in an electric shower? If so, how will that be powered? Do you want a bathtub or just a shower? Is there room for both?
  • How will you go about connecting the water supply and drainage system? What piping needs to be installed, and where should it go?
  • What kind of insulation do you need between floors (if any)? How will that material be secured in place so that it doesn't shift over time or come loose during use of the bathroom space below ground level?

HVAC installation

  • HVAC installation. Your new garage conversion will need a heating and cooling system, including ductwork, a furnace and air conditioner (or heat pump).
  • Electrical work. Electricians are responsible for making sure your electrical system is up-to-date with the codes in your area.


Now that you know what to expect when converting a garage into living space, you can make sure to plan accordingly. The process is not difficult, but it will require some time and effort on your part. Don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way!