Converting Garage Into A Home Office
Do you know that convenient heating hire services may help turn an extra room into a home office? Converting a garage into a home office is a great way to use extra space efficiently instead of filling it with useless sports equipment, old toys, and garden tools.
If you’ve decided to work from home, here’s a short guide to converting your garage into a comfortable home office.
1. Legal issues
Before starting the process, find out about all the legal issues involved. Check your property for any restrictive clauses, apply for a planning permission to convert a garage into an office and comply with the government building regulations.
2. A new garage door
A conventional garage door isn’t suitable for an office in terms of light and insulation so consider installing a pre-hung steel or wooden door with small windows that allows plenty of natural light and is aesthetically pleasing.
3. The foundation and the walls
It’s most likely that a deeper foundation will be needed to support a new front wall with the door. The depth and type of foundation depend on many conditions such as the soil type, nearby trees, drainage conditions, adjacent buildings, etc. Consider brick walls below the ground level to support the construction and resist ground frost and sulphates.
4. Flooring and insulation
The existing garage floor should be upgraded in terms of damp proofing and thermal insulation. Consider installing either solid floor with thermal insulation on top or suspended timber floor, if the existing floor is constructed pretty high above the ground level. Note that a damp proof course should be laid underneath the floor.
5. The roof
It’s essential to make sure that the existing garage roof is also insulated to provide a comfortable environment. Remember that there should be ventilation between the underside of the roof and the insulation.
6. Ventilation and electrics
The necessary level of ventilation is provided by an opening window that equals one-twentieth of the total floor area. Install additional ventilators if required. Study the British Safety Standards before starting any electrical work.
7. Heating solutions
The easiest and safest way to provide enough heating to your new home office is hiring a portable heater, which allows being in full control over heating in your office. You can turn heating on and off, depending on your personal needs, saving money on heating when you’re not working.
After taking these steps to convert your garage into a home office, the only thing left to do is bringing the necessary office equipment and hanging a do-not-disturb sign on the door.