A Garage Conversion Is More Than Installing Drywall

Here’s Why This is a Job for a Design-Builder.

Living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, homeowners don’t have to worry about protecting their cars from heavy snowstorms and the frigid cold. Some owners put a full garage at the top of their wants in a new home, while others say they use the garage less for storing cars and more for working on projects, storing yard tools and gadgets, or storing things the family has outgrown and no longer uses.

If you fall into the latter category, you’ve probably thought about how to better utilize the garage into a full-time living space. Home theaters are a popular garage conversion choice, but it takes a lot more than putting up some walls and running a little wiring to create a high-tech home theater that will last for years. At Joseph & Berry, we have a project manager on site at all times to walk customers through the process of a garage conversion and create the custom home theater of their dreams, guaranteed. Learn more about our process >> Click here!

Installing utilities

To ensure the new home theater space has the plumbing, electrical and HVAC infrastructure to accommodate your wish list of features, a contractor will need to inspect the existing garage and work with his team to install utilities that meet any local building requirements. For an attached garage or a garage with a substantial workshop or office area, much of the garage conversion work may be done. But for a detached garage with only the essential outlets, this part of the project could be more expensive.

Garage conversion basics

Garage floors are designed for drainage. They are slightly slanted to allow any water flowing into the space to drain quickly before causing any damage. Converting a garage into a home theater requires an additional floor structure. It is crucial to do this step right if you want to protect your investment. A poorly designed floor could lead to water damage during heavy rains, and no one wants to rip up the floor of a home theater because of a nasty storm.

What to do with the garage door is also a common design question. Some clients prefer to leave the original look of the home intact, so they opt to close and insulate the current door and install a decorative carriage-style door instead. Others choose to close the doors off completely for that movie theater feel, while others opt for a more standard entryway. Our designers can walk you through what option is best for you.

Whether to add additional windows is another consideration. Garages don’t often have many windows, which can be a plus for a home theater conversion. However, you may want some natural light to come into part of the room, and a few windows at the ceiling, or near the entryway are usually enough in a home theater setting.

Sealing the garage

Keeping out moisture is a must, but so is protecting from the heat and noise from the road, especially in a home theater. A skilled contractor can walk you through the process of keeping your new home theater water-tight, and through proper insulation and ventilation, the room can also remain cool and quiet even on hot summer nights.

Garage conversion extras

When you think about your dream home theater, what comes to mind? Plush chairs, epic sound system, huge television are all usually on the list, but make sure to include those little extras. If snacking or drinking a cold beer during a movie or the big game is something you enjoy, consider building a bar, complete with a place to keep ice and beverages cold, and even a keg system. Building storage for snacks bowls for sharing, and other items will keep these out of sight.

For those who love video games, adding a gaming system feature to the theater ensures it’s used for more than just movie night. Storage for systems and consoles should be easily accessible. The seating should also be comfy enough for relaxing while binging a show, but also has adequate height and support for long gaming sessions.

At Joseph and Berry, we work with homeowners throughout Greater Dallas. From planning and budgeting through the design and execution of your project, we are with you during every step of the design-build process. Let us help you create your new media room! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a design consultation!