Garage Conversion and Maintenance

Converted living room garage

Chances are you haven’t been leaving the house much over the past two months. It’s given you the opportunity to clean your house and work on a number of those nagging projects that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to complete. But now it’s time to take it up a notch. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Council Bluffs has compiled a list of things for you to consider before you decide whether converting your garage into a living space is the right move and what garage maintenance comes with it.

Get In The Zone

If you plan on making big adjustments to your garage, you have to get the proper paperwork. Requirements vary depending on your location but you typically need to attain what’s called a conversion permit from your city’s zoning department. Depending on the specific renovations you plan on making — such as raising the floor, adding windows, or putting in a bathroom — you may be required to attain additional permits. Typically, contractors will take care of the paperwork, so this note is directed towards the DIYers out there.

Specific zoning requirements include:

  • Adding a window to allow natural light and air
  • A ceiling that is at least 7 ½ feet high
  • Maintain a temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Make sure all electrical outlets are properly spaced

Consider The Cost (And Benefits)

A full-scale garage overhaul and garage maintenance does not come cheap. Adding insulation, finishing floors, and putting in windows all come with significant costs. If you plan on adding plumbing, plan on adding between $10,000 and $20,000 to the cost. That may seem like a lot, but typically, you are able to recoup around 80% of the cost in added value to your home. If you live in a tourist destination you can offset the cost of your renovations, mortgage or living expenses by renting the converted room out on Airbnb or VRBO. 

Do You Have Space?

If you’ve got people staying in your garage that means your car — along with everything else you store in your garage — has to be stored somewhere else. That means you’ll need either a spacious driveway or neighborhood with an abundance of street parking. If you live in an area with extremes in temperature, you need to take the proper precautions to protect your vehicle. Also, make sure either your attic or basement can handle the influx of items. Often times, converting your garage can be the impetus to getting rid of unnecessary junk that has built up over the years.

Do You Have The Right Garage Door?

Transforming your garage to a habitable room requires the right garage door. A Thermacore® door from the Overhead Door Company is the perfect piece to kickstart your remodeling project. With its sandwich constructions, these doors were built to keep the temperature of your garage regulated (perfect for complying with the permit above). Set up an appointment with the Overhead Door Company ofCouncil Bluffs today and take the first step to creating the converted garage you’ve always wanted.

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Spring Cleaning: Inside and Out

The start of spring isn’t just the best time to clean, it’s also the best time to boost your curb appeal. The weather is cool, the grass is green, and the front of your home is bursting with possibilities. And no, that doesn’t mean you have to break out your vacuum. Below, the Overhead Door Company of Council Bluffs has listed 7 projects to make your home more eye-catching and more valuable. Keep reading to find out how.

Numbers On The Board

Have you ever been to a new neighborhood and had difficulty finding the home you’re looking for. Google Maps is letting you down and none of the houses have clearly-labeled numbers. Don’t be that house. There are so many interesting options on today’s market that there’s no need to stick to a drab wooden slab with small numbers. Whether modern, made of metal, neon or surrounded by grass, pick an address plaque that will set you apart from every other house on the block.

Paint It (Anything But) Black

Refresh any part of your home with a brand new coat of paint. Painting your home can increase its value by up to 5%. Even smaller items — shutters, light fixtures, even patio furniture — become far more eye-catching when bathed in a new veneer of matte or high-gloss. If you are really trying to make an impact, consider a bright pop of color — possibly on your garage door.

Power Washing

If you already like the color of your home but are still looking for a refresh, consider powering washing. Taking a jet stream of water to your home’s exterior will strip it of its winter grime. While you’re at it, do the same to your driveway. Removing stains and leftover salts from the winter will make your concrete look like new and help to extend its life.

Knockin’ On A Heavenly Front Door

What the one thing on your home that everyone interacts with? Your doorknob of course! For less than $50, you can purchase a new knob and knocker that will have everyone talking. You also want something to compliment your new paint job. 

Box Out

Show off your green thumb by adding hanging flower boxes to your windows. The extra pop of greenery will instantly make your home look more hospitable and make you look like a professional botanist. Make sure to measure everything in great detail before you start building and think about what type of flowers would complement the outside of your home. The species will dictate how many holes you will need to allow it to retain the necessary amount of water. 

Fix Your Driveway

A smooth, even driveway is the best way you can improve your home’s curb appeal. Imagine, a freshly-paved pathway of gorgeous concrete guiding the eye to all the other updates you’ve made to the front of your home. 

Add A New Garage Door

With the exception of adding a new kitchen, a new garage door has the biggest impact on increasing the value of your home. Contact the Overhead Door Company of Council Bluffs to learn about the newest style or download the DoorView app to check out what your dream garage door would look like.

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Garage Flooring 101

So you spent the money on a nice garage. You want it to look nice, but you want to actually be able to use it, right? Think about the floor itself. Are cracks forming? Is it stained? Is it deteriorating? Well, then you need Garage Flooring 101. It may be time to repair, replace or upgrade.
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Professional Tips to Test Colors for a Painting Project

Household painting projects are an easy, low-cost way to improve your home. With the right preparation your project will be mess free and turn out exactly how you want it to look. These professional tips to test colors for a painting project will help ensure painting your garage will be as easy as any other part of your home. Read more

10 Tips to help keep criminals from breaking into your garage

Can a thief open your garage door?

Unfortunately, yes.

What can you do to help keep a thief out?

These 10 tips can help you stay one step ahead of anyone trying to break into your garage or home. Your safety is vitally important. The items you store in your garage are significant and valuable. Sadly, people come up with new ways to break the law all of the time. Stay informed and never underestimate a criminal.

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