Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you live in a home that doesn't really have an area for your family to get together and have fun, you might want to consider turning your garage into a family room. If your garage is in pretty good shape, this might take only a few days and require minimal materials and expense. You can even turn this into a big family project that everyone can take part in. Younger children can help you keep things organized and neat, while older children can help with heavier tasks like moving out your belongings or adding new carpet. And of course, everyone can help with the repainting.
What You Will Need
Interior Paint (of Your Choice)
Step 1. Completely clean out your garage. This can often be fairly difficult, especially if you don't have a large attic and use your garage for storage. If you don't want to throw everything away, consider renting a self storage unit. You can also sell or donate things that still have value but that you don't want to keep.
Step 2. You will have to have electrical outlets in your garage. If it doesn't already have them, you should hire an electrician to install them for you. Doing this yourself can be a dangerous mistake.
Step 3. Whether you live in a cold or hot climate, it's a good idea to insulate your new family room. Install batt insulation between the joists in the roof of your garage, cutting them to fit and pushing them into place. Avoid compressing the insulation, since this will reduce its R-value.
Step 4. You need to install a drop ceiling in your garage if it doesn't already have one. It should be about 4 inches above or below your ceiling joists. Mark the positions for the ceiling brackets before you mount them with nails or staples.
Step 5. Begin installing the runners that will hold up the tiles. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for assembling these. Finally, slide the tiles up in between the runners and drop them into place.
Step 6. If your garage walls are not already framed, you will need to add framing. This requires installing wooden posts on the wall so that wall insulation can be installed. Follow local code as you install these framing members, since there are usually requirements for how far apart they need to be spaced and the types of wood you can use. Contact professionals, such as those from Davidson Remodeling Inc., for any help you might need.
Step 7. Install batt insulation between the framing members. You will have to cut the insulation to fit the space and push it gently into position.
Step 8. Cut sheets of drywall and apply them over the framing, hammering in drywall nails to secure them. You'll have to cut openings for outlets and wall switches. Use drywall tape to seal the seams between the sheets.
Step 9. Use a putty knife to apply joint compound over the strips of tape. Try to smooth out the compound and feather it so that it blends evenly into the surrounding drywall. Allow the compound to dry and then lightly sandpaper until it's smooth.
Step 10. Brush any dust off the walls with a clean dry cloth. Then use a roller brush to apply the paint of your choice to the walls. Use a paintbrush to apply the paint close to doors, windows or outlets.
Step 11. Measure the room and purchase a carpet appropriate to the space. It's a good idea to buy a fairly light color, since this will brighten the room and make it feel larger. However, you should definitely choose a carpet that is highly resistant to stain. You can install this carpet yourself, but you will probably have to purchase or rent specialized tools for the job if you want to do it right.
Step 12. Outfit your new family room with space heaters, fans or a window air conditioner. This will help you to control the temperature throughout the year. All that's left is to bring in the furniture and other items you want in your family room.