Converting Your Garage Into Living Space

4. Allow the cement to dry, sand the joint lightly, and then apply the second coat, feathering the edges. A steel trowel is sometimes used in applying the second coat. For best results, a third coat may be applied, feathering beyond the second coat.

5. After the joint cement is dry, sand smooth the area. (An electric hand vibrating sander works well.)

Interior corners between walls and ceilings may also be concealed w ith some type of molding. When moldings are used, taping this joint is not necessary. Wallboard corner beads at exterior corners will prevent damage to the gypsum board. They are fastened in place and covered with the joint cement. The gypsum wallboard, unless of the decorative type, is either painted or wallpapered.

While plywood, hardboard, and gypsum panels can be used on the ceiling, acoustical tile is the most popular and easiest to install of all the finished garage ceiling materials. The prefinished tile can be installed with staples or adhesive or can be held in a grid to form a drop ceiling. The latter makes an excellent ceiling for a recreation room. Exterior finish. Before finishing the exterior of your new addition, break up and remove the concrete apron or sloped slab at the garage door. (Be sure to wear eye protection when doing this). Use cold chisel and heavy hammer to score the concrete in sections small enough to lift and cart away. Break the slab at score marks with a heavier sledge. The job is made easier if you dig under the slab. The exterior of the converted garage should be finished to match the house.

It’s not always necessary to evict the car from the garage to get more living space. As shown above, the old garage space was made into living area, but a new garage was attached to the old one.

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