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Convert section of garage into office

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by mcdermottc, 3 May 2020.

  1. mcdermottc

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    I would like to convert a section of my garage into an office and would like any advice on how best to go about it.

    - The garage is attached to the side of the house.
    - It already has an internal brick wall which partitions the garage into two sections; one for the car, and the other which is currently a toolstore/workshop.
    - The workshop has a fairly level concrete floor and brick walls which are plastered and painted on two sides (sandwiched between house and garage section), and has a timber frame section at the front (brown section in photo).
    - Workshop is dry
    - Workshop also stores the house boiler in a section at the back (sectioned off by a door)
    - No heating
    - plyboard roof (although don't know if there is insulation behind it)
    - Strip light on the ceiling


    I would like to convert this into a home office, which could be heated and decorated nicely. Any advice about how I could best convert the space on a reasonable budget, would be greatly appreciated.

    For example, I wondered whether I would need to:

    - Use a self-levelling floor compound and seal the floor, or would it better to make a false timber floor
    - Be better to put studded walls onto the existing plastered walls, and insulate and plasterboard.
    - For heating, could I add one of the tiny wood-burning stoves if built a flue through the workshop roof or would an oil radiator be better? I suppose I could even possibly run a radiator through from the house.
     

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    You could put in insulated suspended floor and insulated plasterboard to existing walls. Rad from house system would be cheapest option.
     
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    Ok thanks. I think the rad would be the cheapest option and give the best consistent heat. Although the room only has one external wall, I guess it would be best to insulate the floor, walls and ceiling as well.

    thanks
     
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    presumably the garage floor is a step down from the house?
    You could level it up with insulation and boarding on top. Is there a DPM?
     
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    The garage is not accessed from the house, so it is indeed lower than the house and level with the ground outside. I am not sure if there is a DPM
     
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