CrossWorks Carpentry.."Where Every Nail Has a Purpose"
O'Conner's Home Office
Every once in a while a part of our home will outlast it's usefulness enough to say that something better can come out of it. In this case the garage is the perfect candidate for a "Home Office". In most cases a home office not only adds to the value of a home but it is also an intriguing selling point when designed for that specific purpose. However in this situation an office was very much needed, and this space suits that purpose very well. The goal is to provide an insulated floor system along with insulation throughout. A new custom-sized back door will be installed with a "built-in" vented screen. The garage door will be removed and replace with a "sun-soaking" double wide, double hung window unit. The outside trim, over the existing door, will be removed and the entire front wall will receive new clapboard siding.
The interior will be sheet rocked and trimmed, and a new door to access the home will be installed where the plaster wall once was. The existing loft will be removed and a new more solidly framed loft will be built in place, and an access door will be custom made. This loft space will serve as extra storage. In the end, I believe this part of the home will become a sanctuary to sit down, soak in the sun and read a good book.
Soon to be windows in place of door This side door to be sealed off
Interior view as is Side door and plaster to be removed
Back door will be replaced Old loft to come down for a new loft
Soon to be a new ThermaTru Door This wall to get a new pine door
Setting the outside frame to same level Ledger board installed around perimeter
Time to take off the plaster Framing the floor joist
Joist in place with 1" sleepers for air space 1" space keeps cold off of insulation
Here we have 1" on top of 2" insulation Insulation in place and ready for plywood
Installing 3/4" Advantech with glue Removing old garage door
Existing garage door trim coming down Garage door opening sealed off
Old loft removed Framing in new loft
New Harvey Window installed Applying Vicor window wrap
Install Rafter Vents for roof ventilation Removing old "Back Door"
Existing door sill to be sealed Ice & Water membrane in place
Insulation completed Sheet rock begins
Loft almost complete Clapboards & Trim installation
Old doorway closed off Primer coat on the walls
Future steps to new doorway Time to light it up & keep it cool
Flooring starts 40% remaining
Placing soffit vent to vent roof Final exterior touches included caulking
Before & After Pictures
View from driveway View from back door
Overall, this project has been a pleasure for me, because from the beginning I knew this would be an instant equity gain. Taking an unused space such as this and transforming it into an additional room without moving one spec of dirt was truly a wise decision.