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Need help converting garage to studio apt!

7 years ago

I'm looking to convert my 2 car detached garage to a studio apartment with full bathroom and small kitchen. Attached is a rendering of generally what I want to do. Also, below is what I think is a chronological list of the main parts of the project. I'll be doing the GC myself and quite a bit of the work but will leave the plumbing, electrical and finer skills to a qualified sub. Note that while I want it done "properly", it can't be permitted legally so I'm not pulling permits or having any inspections. Just wanting to know if there is anything major I'm missing or if something in the list should be re-ordered for any reason? Thanks for reading and looking forward to some responses!!

1. Install
concrete patio and build shed behind garage.

  1. Demo
    unnecessary wood and shelving from garage.

  2. Trench and
    install water lines and sewer lines in ground for new bath fixtures and kitchen
    sink and tie into existing main sewer line. Install shower valves and ensure
    water lines/sewer lines are placed correctly.

  3. Patch and
    prepare flooring, fill cracks with epoxy and level with concrete and sealer.

  4. Demo out
    existing window and door and reframe new window in bathroom, French door in
    back and entry door on side.

  5. Frame the
    new bathroom walls and closet walls.

  6. Permanently
    attach garage door and remove track and motor system. Frame over the garage

  7. Run new low
    gauge electrical wire coming into the garage unit and then rewire walls and ceilings
    with new outlets and switches, electrical for bathroom light fixture, bathroom
    fan, kitchen hood and prepare low voltage wire for recessed LED lighting in
    ceiling. Bring coaxial cable and Ethernet wire to corner near main house.

  8. Install
    insulation throughout (including over garage door) and then install drywall on
    all walls and ceilings, cutting in for all future electrical outlets, fixtures,
    switches, plumbing fixtures and recessed lighting in celing. Cut in for
    Ethernet and cable wall plates in corner near main house. Leave attic access
    panel in ceiling in the closet space.

  9. Tape and
    finish drywall.

  10. Install bathroom
    window, French door, entry door, bathroom door and closet doors.

  11. Paint

  12. Install
    bathtub, cement board and tile surround cutting in around shower fixtures.

  13. Lay floor
    tile and baseboard throughout.

  14. Install
    bathroom fan, toilet, vanity, mirror and light fixture.

  15. Install all
    kitchen cabinets, sink, appliances and counter.

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