Converting attached garage to livable space

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Posted by: from Edmonton
4/14/2008 at 6:14:19 PM

Hi. We've got a 1950s bungalow with an attached single garage that shares a wall with our small kitchen. I would like to build a detached double garage in the back and then turn the attached garage into livable space by opening up the shared wall, putting in doors, windows, etc, and using some of the existing structure. It seems a natural thing to do. Recognizing heat, windows and other things need to be done, is this something that can be done (by a professional, or partly DIY?) Just how big a job is it and where do you start? We're in Edmonton.

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Date/Time4/15/2008 at 4:19:00 PM

Start by contacting a couple of contractors who offer free estimates so they can look at what you are dealing with. There are many issues that are related from materials used to construct the garage to the foundations ability to support altering the structure. Good Luck

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R in Acton
Date/Time4/19/2008 at 2:40:18 PM

Getting contractors in to take a look and prepare an estimate is definitely the best first step. It's a great idea if within your price range; the contractors may even be able to just get the foundation of the work done and if you're handy enough you could do the drywalling, baseboards, etc.

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John in Ottawa
Date/Time4/20/2008 at 4:40:44 AM

Yes I would also recommend getting in a few contractors. They woulld give you an estimated price. When you've got your price you can make up your mind - maybe the price is a bit on the expensive side. If so, you could try a little DIY, Geoff

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