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Old 04-25-2016, 02:10 PM   #1
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I am just in the planning stages but I plan on converting the garage into a mud room and a laundry room.

What things do I need to think about?

I know I need to raise the garage floor. I plan on putting down wood floors.

Would it be better to pour concrete?
Or put down a wood subfloor since I need wood to nail down the wood floors? and just put a concrete footer where the garage door is.


I need to remove sheetrock and add some insulation.
Add a few outlets.
Move the water heater and convert to an instant(plumber will do that)


What else do I need to plan for?
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:17 PM   #2
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Either take out the conc. apron/flatwork leading into the garage or build a planter box along that side of the exterior. That way it doesn't look as much like a remodel.


Make sure it isn't a post-tension slab before you start cutting it. If it is you'll have to leave it and a brick planter or something so there isn't that "driveway" running up to the exterior wall.

Is you breaker box in the garage? Might need to be relocated, or just put on the exterior of the wall it is on, or figure a way to deal with it in your new room.

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Old 04-25-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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Why do you need to raise the floor? My house was on pier and beam and the garage was on slab, so we had to raise it 14". We converted a 2 car into laundry/mud, bedroom and bathroom.

Depending on how far you need to raise your floor, Id use pressure treated sleepers nailed to the concrete (using a ramset), then use 2x? to raise your floor. Add some 3/4 or 1" tongue and groove OSB as the subfloor and you will have a nice floor to nail the wood floors to.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:22 PM   #4
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Either take out the conc. apron/flatwork leading into the garage or build a planter box along that side of the exterior. That way it doesn't look as much like a remodel.


Make sure it isn't a post-tension slab before you start cutting it. If it is you'll have to leave it and a brick planter or something so there isn't that "driveway" running up to the exterior wall.

Is you breaker box in the garage? Might need to be relocated, or just put on the exterior of the wall it is on, or figure a way to deal with it in your new room.
Breaker box is on the outside of the garage.

The house is hardie so I will go with that.

I like the planter to break up the wall idea.
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If it was my house I would make it easy to convert it back to a garage in case I ever want,need to sell it
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:26 PM   #6
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If it was my house I would make it easy to convert it back to a garage in case I ever want,need to sell it
Building a 1000sqft shop/garage.

Plus a carport.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:19 PM   #7
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X2 on this
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:05 PM   #8
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If it was my house I would make it easy to convert it back to a garage in case I ever want,need to sell it
you can always add on a garage
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you can always add on a garage
Which is what i am doing.

If we ever sell, the new owners will have a 1000sq ft garage to park in. Plus a carport to park under.

I'm not too worried about closing in the attached garage
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:08 PM   #10
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I think i am pouring a concrete footer where the garage door is.

And building up the floor with treated wood. Any tips on what to use to seal the concrete floor?
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:47 PM   #11
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Just put down plastic and treated wood over it.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:53 PM   #12
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Just some late info, any chance the garage floor "sweats"? That could be a problem down the road. Many homes did not have a plastic vapor barrier put down under the garage area, why I have no idea?

We used to run across this issue constantly when I worked for Quikrete as folks were looking for a sealer to stop the moisture from percolating through the concrete.

If you do have that issue, be aware of the future moisture issues.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:52 PM   #13
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Just some late info, any chance the garage floor "sweats"? That could be a problem down the road. Many homes did not have a plastic vapor barrier put down under the garage area, why I have no idea?

We used to run across this issue constantly when I worked for Quikrete as folks were looking for a sealer to stop the moisture from percolating through the concrete.

If you do have that issue, be aware of the future moisture issues.

If that is an issue, what is a solution?
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:22 AM   #14
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What do you plan to do about HVAC?
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:48 AM   #15
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What do you plan to do about HVAC?
Split unit until it's time to redo my AC(couple years)

Adding an addition. So we will be getting a whole new unit in the next couple of years
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:30 AM   #16
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So finally started on this, now that the shop is done.

Added about a dozen outlets and 6 can lights. pulled all the sheetrock and added insulation and put the sheetrock back.

opened the wall for french doors. Working on this week running new water and gas lines for the water heater.

Havent decided on raising the floor yet.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:34 AM   #17
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I had a friend that did this. On the end-cap (new outside wall), he put in windows that perfectly matched the other ones on the front of the house. It was a really nice touch and hid the fact that it was an add on as well. He did pour concrete to level the floor.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:36 AM   #18
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Following. We are starting this same project in the next 3 weeks.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:47 AM   #19
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Following. We are starting this same project in the next 3 weeks.
Whats your plan for the floor?
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I am going to have to level with additional concrete. My floor has a water shed the width of the garage door that is a bout 8 inches deep at the front of the garage, leveling out with the rest of the floor about 8' in.

After that, I plan to go with the tile that looks like wood.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:21 PM   #21
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Ttt. This got put on the back burner for a while. Garage door is gone. Poured a concrete footer to put the wall on. Added a walk-in door and window. Covered it and hung hardie.

Now time to raise the floor and finish the insulation and sheetrock
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:31 PM   #22
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:17 PM   #23
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:43 PM   #24
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Have you decided how to raise the floor?
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:06 PM   #25
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Have you decided how to raise the floor?
Building it up with treated lumber.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:32 PM   #27
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Building it up with treated lumber.
Iím in the same boat as you. Was thinking treated lumber was the way to go too.
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:05 PM   #28
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How wide did you pour your concrete footer? Just did enough hit swallow?
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:18 AM   #30
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How wide did you pour your concrete footer? Just did enough hit swallow?
About 4 inches wide. 7.5" tall. I have rebar in the sides, rebar in the existing concrete below, rebar in the pour and the anchor bolts are epoxied down to the original foundation. Pour with 5000psi concrete.

I don't think it's going anywhere.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:33 AM   #31
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:51 AM   #32
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About 4 inches wide. 7.5" tall. I have rebar in the sides, rebar in the existing concrete below, rebar in the pour and the anchor bolts are epoxied down to the original foundation. Pour with 5000psi concrete.

I don't think it's going anywhere.
No I donít think so either!
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:52 AM   #33
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I’d be interested to see pics as you progress on raising the floor. Like I said earlier I’m about to tackle this same project later in summer.
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Iíd be interested to see pics as you progress on raising the floor. Like I said earlier Iím about to tackle this same project later in summer.
Yeah I'll post it to. Might be a little while though. Lots of projects!
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interested in how you're raising the floor with wood.
In for pics
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Old 03-23-2018, 01:41 PM   #36
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I was thinking either ripping each stud on an angle

or something like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC5d3jDzySQd
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Old 04-18-2018, 09:48 PM   #37
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Hard to tell but each treated 2x4 it's ripped at an angle. Worked out pretty good. Now it's time to do the rest
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Looks very nice!!
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:52 PM   #39
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Nice work! in for more pics too.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:36 AM   #40
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Need to get back to get working on this. All the sheetrock is up.

Next is some shiplap and insulating the ceiling.



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