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Detached Garage converted to kids Rec Room

Project by GaryL posted 01-29-2013 08:51 PM 2849 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I completed a few years ago.
My client originally wanted to build an addition which we had priced out in several renditions….insert frustrations here….over a time of about seven or eight years. He finally realized his kids were going to be heading off to college before we ever build anything for a “Kids rec room”. He ended up buying the house next to him that was a rental and started using that garage for his cars and I converted his existing garage into a rec room/pool house for his kids to hang out in and give the parents some peace and quiet in the house.

Covered the old crumbling floor with 1” rigid foam with 3/4” OSB tapconned down. Built a false wall in front of the garage door so in could be torn down if the garage was to be converted back. Like that will ever happen…lol.
Put some inexpensive vinyl windows in line with the door windows to get as much light as possible (west wall).
Patched up all the old mangled up drywall (Nightmare !). Had to cut some out for the electrical. The ceiling is a crooked mess with the old framing but they didn’t want to get into reframing.
Cabinets are shop built. Simple melamine construction. Have you gotten the theme yet? Cheap as possible without getting ridiculous.

The little room with the windows is the music room. Did a few soundproofing treatments to not totally annoy the neighbors with the drum practice. Resilient channel, homosote, them 5/8 drywall and foam seal everything possible.

The fun part was that the homeowner never entered the project until I was finished and ready for carpet. All the design work was done in their house and he gave me artistic rule somewhat. The reveal was pretty cool. Kind of felt like some TV show or something. They were trilled and full of oohs and ahhs. His wife could not quit smiling…...that made it all worth while. They were happy even after I let them know I went over budget….artist license remember…lol

The Before

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 01-31-2013 01:16 AM

Sweet job Gary. It’s just right for a kids hangout. Storage was smartly considered. Music room a great plus. The “false wall looks really good.

I hope I don’t make you crazy with questions but this really opens up a few. I didn’t see any ac vents in the pictures. Is there any? Did you have to add any insulation between door and false wall? Did you have to upgrade the fusebox for all those cans. And of course, my most nosy question is – what did you use for sound proofing?

Thanks for sharing the build.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 01-31-2013 02:11 AM

Hey Mark, As for the AC, non existent. Just a small wall hung fan forced furnace. The cost for that was ridiculous but still cheaper than a full system. All the walls were insulated and we insulated the wall against the garage door also. All new electrical including new subpanel and underground service feeding from the house. The sound proofing, or better put sound dampening, was “Resilient channel, homosote (1/2” soundboard), then 5/8 drywall and foam seal everything possible”. Air sealing a room goes a long way with sound control.
They really enjoy this. They wish they had done this years sooner. I’ve been doing work for them for probably over 15 years. I renovated their extremely small master bath last summer. It was so small it was impossible to get any decent photos.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 02-01-2013 02:27 AM

Thank You Gary! Future plans are in the works for a media/music room. I appreciate the soundproofing info a lot!

As for the rest – Thanks for indulging my curiosity.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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~Jonathan~

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posted 02-01-2013 03:30 AM

Nice job Gary,

You do it ALL? Or should I say YOU do it all.

I’m getting the feeling that you’re a perfectionist. How else could it all turn out so well. :)

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GaryL

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posted 02-01-2013 11:29 PM

Thanks Jonathon.
I have to admit that I tend to get my hands into too many things sometimes but it keeps me busy. Having a diverse skill set keeps things from getting boring. But it’s a bear on the pocket book trying to be properly equipped for too many things/trades…lol hence no glue pot edgebander…... :(

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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~Jonathan~

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posted 02-02-2013 03:39 AM

”But it’s a bear on the pocket book trying to be properly equipped for too many things/trades”

I know what you mean.
I hate doing kitchens because I’m not set up for them (production wise, because they’re a lot of work).
Give me a book case and I’ll knock it out and smile as I’m cashing the check.

”hence no glue pot edgebander”…… :(

I’m not feeling bad for you. I saw your very nice, well equipped shop. ;)

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sandhill

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posted 02-09-2013 02:46 AM

Nice work Gary your a pro.

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Chris Mobley

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posted 02-14-2013 07:16 PM

Very Nice Work!
Chris Mobley
www.cmobleydesigns.com

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B0b

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posted 02-19-2013 04:55 PM

I love your signature. My wife keeps telling me to stop pointing out my mistakes.

I really like this project. I have a feeling you described it much simpler than it was to build, but the results are fantastic.

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GaryL

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posted 02-24-2013 01:39 AM

Thanks guys. I always strive to keep the client happy.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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Soundx

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posted 03-26-2013 10:57 PM

Nice conversion.

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GaryL

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posted 03-27-2013 10:01 PM

Thanks Soundx. This fall I’m going to be doing an exterior upgade, (foam insulation, siding, aluminum, etc.) for these homeowners. Great people to work for.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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ThermaDoor

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posted 12-13-2013 12:33 AM

make sure you use insulation for your garage door

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