Apr 23

Updated May 02

Garage conversion

Disclaimer: Yes, we will consult a contractor/architect for official advice.

We have a small house on a slab and want to gain some square footage somehow. We've figured we have two options. The first is to probably dormer the attic, but only half since our furnace is up there, adding a bedroom and maybe bath. The stairs would probably be added on outside, we have room to do that. The second and arguably less expensive option is to connect our...

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Disclaimer: Yes, we will consult a contractor/architect for official advice.

We have a small house on a slab and want to gain some square footage somehow. We've figured we have two options. The first is to probably dormer the attic, but only half since our furnace is up there, adding a bedroom and maybe bath. The stairs would probably be added on outside, we have room to do that. The second and arguably less expensive option is to connect our garage to the house (probably only 4 feet away) and then turn 3/4 of the garage into a bedroom, saving 1/3 at the back for storage. We have a parking pad, and would cover that to park. I talked to an architect friend of mine who thinks the slab may not support anything else, and that the city probably won't allow the garage conversion. Thoughts?

Jan 14 2015

Updated May 01

Installing Spacepak for a Bungalow

I am looking into AC options for my bungalow and am pretty interested in Spacepak. Have any of you installed a Spacepak AC system in your bungalow? Are you satisfied with its cooling abilities? How was the cost and installation? Any good referrals for HVAC companies that could install the system. Clearly I have lots of questions and I look forward to your input, thanks!

Apr 24

Updated Apr 30

Building onto the garage

I saw another post where some folks in the area are looking to connect their garage and turn it into a bedroom. A lot of people were saying that the city would not allow that. Are there city issues against building onto a garage or something? I was looking to extend my garage out a few feet to give me some storage, does that seem like I'll hit some road blocks? Thanks for your help

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Yep, that's why my husband won't even let me add my version of a "lean to" on the wasted 3 feet of space we have on one side of our garage. And the neighbor's garage on that side is to the other side of their property so the fire hazard thing here wouldn't be an issue. It's frustrating how arbitrary Chicago zoning laws are. The new build across from us has a 3 story tall garage --- how did THAT pass?

  • @smartypants: "The new build across from us has a 3 story tall garage --- how did THAT pass?"

    Probably after a visit to the alderman from Grover Cleveland.... (On the $1000 bill.) :-)

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