Are you looking for an inexpensive way to relocate your aging parents or in-laws into your home without disrupting your family or living space?
Well look no further, the least expensive way is to build a garage apartment over your existing garage. If you would like to have the most floor space possible, you need to ask your contractor to make the apartment the exact same size as the garage below.
Most attached garages are constructed with a framed or block wall, both of which are strong enough to support a second-story room above them.
It’s best to choose a contractor, such as BRC Construction who has built many garage apartments over the years. They will be able to seamlessly match the new structure’s architecture with your home creating an increased curb appeal.
An experienced contractor, such as BRC Construction can also be very helpful in the planning process. They can enlighten and educate the homeowner about ideas that they themselves may have not previously considered in regard to designing the apartment’s functionality and comfort.
Adding a garage apartment also has other benefits.
- Low cost-alternative for pricey senior housing expenses
- Your children will have more quality time with their grandparents
- Increased comfort and happiness of not feeling lonely
- Privacy while keeping close company
- Additional storage space
- Increases home value
It can serve as a home office, providing a separate workspace for those who work from home. It can be ideal for multigenerational living, where different generations of a family can live on the same property while maintaining privacy and independence. Having a garage apartment will boost the value of your home. Having an additional space in conjunction with your primary house will result in a higher listing price if were ever to place you house on the market.
Coast for garage apartment additions
Now in case of garage apartment addition, the most important factor is cost. The cost of adding a garage apartment to an existing garage can vary widely depending on various factors such as the location, size, complexity, and materials used. Here are some rough estimates for the cost of adding a garage apartment to an existing garage:
- Basic Garage Apartment Addition: It typically ranges from $50,000 to $100,000. It usually has one bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living area.
- Mid-Range : A mid-range addition can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000. It usually has two to three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living area.
- High-End Addition: A high-end garage apartment addition can cost over $250,000, depending on the size and complexity of the design. It usually has three or more bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a larger kitchen, and a spacious living area.
In addition to the basic construction costs, you should also consider the cost of permits, site preparation, electrical and plumbing work, appliances, and any additional features you may want to add. It’s always a good idea to get multiple quotes from reputable contractors and to have a detailed budget in place before beginning the construction process. Additionally, if you are adding a apartment over garage, you may also need to consider the cost of reinforcing the foundation and structure of the garage to support the additional weight and size of the apartment.
An apartment above a garage
Adding an apartment above a garage can be a great way to add additional living space to your property without having to build a separate structure. Here are the general steps involved in adding an apartment above a garage, such as assess the feasibility, design the apartment, obtain necessary permits. Before construction begins, you will need to obtain the necessary permits from your local building department. Your contractor should be able to assist with this process. Once you have obtained the necessary permits, construction can begin. The process will involve framing the apartment, installing plumbing and electrical systems, insulation, drywall, and flooring. When the main construction is complete, fixtures and finishes such as lighting, cabinets, countertops, and appliances can be installed.
Estimated Cost for adding an apartment above a garage
The cost of adding an apartment above a garage can vary depending on the size, complexity, and materials used. Generally, the cost for building an apartment above a garage can range from $50,000 to $150,000 or more, depending on the factors mentioned above. It’s important to have a detailed budget in place before beginning the project and to work closely with your contractor throughout the process to ensure the project stays within your budget.
It is important to do your research and choose a reputable contractor who has proper experience. In addition, garage apartments have helped Houston homeowners make ends meet during hard times are now helping them deal with soaring inner-city land values and property taxes in the booming local economy.
For more information or to schedule a free estimate, please contact BRC Construction at 832-364-7768.