If you have been thinking of having an additional room added onto your
house, converting an existing garden shed may be a better alternative.
Most garden sheds end up being the place where you put all types of things
you don’t want or will never use again. Turning it into a useful
living space serves two purposes in one; getting rid of the old stuff
you don’t want, and starting with a good foundation for your new
addition. It is the ultimate recycling project! Depending on the size
of your shed, there are multiple ways that you can use your new room,
- A guest room where visitors can stay close, but not too close
- A studio for your artwork, pottery, etc.
- Playroom for the kids
- A room for an independent teen
- An entertainment room
To transform your shed into a functional room, you will need to start with
the basics before you add your own personal touches.
Electricity is a must-have for any type of room, and it should meet coding
regulations. This may be the one area where you need to rely on a professional
to do the job correctly and safely. Think about the type of lighting you
want available, and the number of outlets you need to support all of the
electric devices that will be used.
Plumbing may not be a necessity unless you are planning to put in a toilet
and sink. Even then, there are other options for toilets such as those
made for mobile homes or incinerating types. If you do, connecting the
pipes to your existing plumbing system may be something you can do yourself
without a major investment.
The majority of pre-fab storage sheds are made with open framing. Even
if you live in a warm climate, it is a good idea to add a layer of insulation
and put drywall over the top to keep either heated or cooled air inside
and make your new room more comfortable and weather resistant. Just be
sure to add plumbing before you take this step. Also, you may want to
consider professional interior painting to finish the walls in a way that
will add to the beauty of the room.
Natural light and air flow are essential for the comfort of your new room.
If it doesn’t have any windows already, plan on installing two at
opposite sides of the room. This will increase airflow and increase the
amount of light coming into the shed throughout the day.
Air Conditioning and Heat
Few climates are perfect year round. To meet your heating, air conditioning,
and dehumidifying needs, look for a single-unit solution that does it
all. Mom Advice recommends the NewAir AC-100000H Portable Air Conditioner
& Heater Unit that also features a timer that allows you to set it
to cut off when it is no longer needed.
On the Outside
Once the inside is complete, it’s time to look at the exterior. You
want to make it match your home as closely as possible. If it has been
a long time since you have had your main house painted, or your siding
has outlived its usefulness, this is a good time to
consider exterior painting or siding replacement that will protect and improve the looks of your home while coordinating
with your new room addition. Otherwise, try to match the finish of the
new room as closely to that of your house as possible.
Finally, add the finishing touches that will make your new room a more
inviting living space. If it is in fairly close proximity to the main
house, consider putting a barbecue or fire pit with some chairs in between
the two structures. Add some flowers and/or garden plants to make the
perfect finishing touch. Call Dixon Painting at 770-644-1992 for professional
painting, siding replacement, or gutter installation to achieve the professional
level results you want for your new addition.