Designers Northwest, Inc.

Garage Conversion

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Garage Conversion

Home Remodeling Contractor – Vancouver WA

One of the easiest ways to add square footage to your home is through a garage conversion. In many cases, the garage is already attached to the house, has electricity, and a ready foundation. Since every wall is an exterior wall, plumbing is an easy add as well.

Designers Northwest is well-versed in garage conversions, and will look at the following factors to find out what will be needed to get the job done right:

  • Existing Structure/Foundation
  • Electrical/Plumbing
  • Building Codes

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Existing Structure

For the most part, garages are there for cars, extra storage, or maybe a workbench. As such, they won’t be as well insulated as the main house and imperfections in the foundation can be overlooked. Designers Northwest will inspect the entire structure to make sure there are no surprises. If any issues are found, we will discuss with the homeowner the best course of action.


Most garages already have power, but we will inspect the electrical panel to make sure the added load of outlets, lights, and whatever else you need power for can be handled. If not, Designers Northwest can take care of that, too. Some garages have a utility sink or even a laundry area already installed. We make sure the plumbing can handle the conversion, or install plumbing if needed.

Building Codes

Now that your garage will be considered a living space, all building codes will be met. In addition, Designers Northwest will make sure the home is properly zoned to allow for this kind of conversion.

Once the garage conversion is allowed, the fun begins! Designers Northwest will help design the conversion to meet your needs, whether it will be a new master bedroom, a dining area, or an entertainment spot with a large television, bar, and refrigerator. All care is taken to make sure the conversion blends in with the new house, and when we’re done, it will look like part of the home, not just an afterthought.

Thinking of converting your garage into living space, attached or not? Designers Northwest will provide the plans, permits, and know-how to give you the space your home has always needed. Contact us today to set up an appointment for an estimate.

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