Well, the whole garage conversion thing is happening, y’all! We have a contract. We have a general start date. And I kind of have a knot in my stomach. 😀
Yes, part of that is excitement, but the other part is knowing that I have a relatively short amount of time to completely clear out my garage and storage room, which currently looks like this…
*insert scared face here*
The problem is that this time, it’s not just an issue of straightening things up and organizing. This time, I actually have to clean it out completely. Nothing gets to stay in here. Where the heck am I going to put it all?!
So I have about a month-and-a-half to get this done, because our start date is mid- to late-May. Yikes!!
We’ve kind of revised our plan just to keep the timeline for the contractor as short as possible. They’re going to handle everything up to a certain point (all of the framing and roughing in of plumbing) and that’s it. Then I’ll take over and do (or hire out) all of the rest, including insulation, drywall, flooring, trim, installing fixtures (lighting, plumbing), cabinets, etc.
I’ve decided to keep the ceiling open, as in, not drywall at eight feet high. One of my main reasons for considering the drywalled ceiling at eight feet high was because to me, the current roof framing just looks like a jumbled mess of beams, ceiling joists, and bracing from the trusses.
After two different contractors giving me ideas on how to keep the ceiling open and vaulted, I just didn’t like any of the ideas. They all included keeping most of the current bracing and just removing the one lowest beam that falls below the 8-foot-ceiling height. So I haven’t been very excited about the idea of just leaving all of that open.
But the contractor finally came up with an idea that will eliminate all of the extra beams and bracing, leaving me with a completely clean and airy look.
His idea is to use one long LVL beam (laminated veneer lumber, which is super strong) spanning the entire width of the garage at the apex of the roof, just under the current ridge beam.
That LVL beam will be supported on each end, and once that’s in place, all of the rest of the bracing and beams can be removed.
And NOW I’m excited about it.
And as many of you suggested, I also had him include two skylights in the bid, and specifically these Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights.
April is looking to be a very busy (and exciting) month!