A two door garage especially if the family owns only one car will amount to a considerable waste of floor space…space that can otherwise be utilized to accommodate a growing family. The wasted space can either be used as an office, a mini gym where the exercise equipments will be stored, an additional bedroom or simply a storage space where the family’s seldom used things will be kept.
Have you noticed that garages are the most unutilized part of the house? Aside from being used as the storage room for tools, garages are also the repository and catch-all for all the family’s odds and ends. And as such, garages would mean a jumble of many assorted unused things. During the winter months, garages are left cold and unheated. No wonder, family members would only enter the garage when they are parking the car or getting the car out as this part of the house would be a very uncomfortable place to be.
Due to the escalating price of real estate, garages are now being converted into additional living space. Garages that are once thought to be dusty and gas smelling places have dramatically evolved into fully heated and comfortable places. Door, walls and floor are insulated to provide comfort as garages are now used as recreation rooms that will house the pool or tennis tables. Homeowners these days won’t think twice in investing to make a garage livable as here, the father can comfortably tinker with his hobbies and the stay at home mom will now have a comfortable space to exercise.
Garages would normally have sloping concrete slab floors. It is therefore necessary to make the floor warm and hard wearing. Floor insulation is needed to achieve warmth. This can be accomplished by furring the floor using lumber and a 5/8 inch plywood. Most garages are built lower than the house. If this is the case, there is a need to raise the floor to the level of the house. To let water to runoff, garage floors are sloped down to the door. This should also be considered and by raising the joists, a level floor will be achieved.
Before you install the insulation material you need to remember to use pressure treated lumber or use a layer of felt paper between the lumber and the concrete to avoid moisture build up. Carefully insulate the cavities to trap the heat inside for no matter how efficient the insulation material used there will still be heat lost if the floor has cracks and crevices.