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    New Renovation Project Help

    Well the Patio Project was just so much fun, not, we are ready to start working on the garage renovation project.

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    We have a breezeway and a single car garage attached to the house off the kitchen. It is about 850 Sq/Ft. We want to turn that into a Master Bedroom with a Master Bath and possibly a small den. Since the house is only a 2 bedroom we can only handle guest a min amount of guest.

    Question- The house and garage are on a concrete slab. The garage part is 7.5 inches lower than the house. Should I build a wooden floor to raise it to the height of the house or do something like re-bar and concrete on top of the existing concrete?

    I will have more questions as the project goes on and you all have great input but this is just the beginning of the design phase.

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    7.5 inches lower is only the size of a step. Most steps are 7"x11". I'd make a step as it is the cheapest way to go. Put wood on top of the cement and then carpet or make it hardwood floor.
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    The first thing to do is measure the height of the garage from floor to ceiling joists. Then do your math. If you have 8' and build your floor up, you are going to end up with some low ceilings. Garages are sometimes built taller so that might not be an issue but you want to know and think about it before doing anything.
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    What's wrong with leaving the step down?
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    I'm with Keith, if the floor is in good shape just cover it with carpet or law down wood flooring,, Carpeting will make the floor seem warmer than hardwood. One way or another you will cover the floor so why pay for floor joists and plywood when you have an existing floor? Put the money into something else needed. You'll also save a ton of time. If the cement floor is all yucked up and cracked maybe then you decide if you want to raise the floor.. One step is nothing.. unless there is a disability you didn't mention.. Have fun with your project.
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    I can sympathize with Arvada. I just built my house three and half years ago and made it a No Step entry through out. I would not do it any other way. I say do it right the first time, it will not take that much effort, that step would always annoy me. Some 2x6s and some spacers maybe some in-floor heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    I can sympathize with Arvada. I just built my house three and half years ago and made it a No Step entry through out. I would not do it any other way. I say do it right the first time, it will not take that much effort, that step would always annoy me. Some 2x6s and some spacers maybe some in-floor heat.
    Too late, it's already built.
    I like split or bi level houses.

    Arvada, Is water run-in an issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Too late, it's already built.
    I like split or bi level houses.

    Arvada, Is water run-in an issue?
    His renovation can be done right the first time. Try and keep up here will ya.

    Let me know what you think of your multi-level house in 20 more years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    His renovation can be done right the first time. Try and keep up here will ya.

    Let me know what you think of your multi-level house in 20 more years.
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    I don't have one, I just like them. I like the fact that space is divided without walls.
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    Thanks for all the responses. The step might be a problem. My wife is recovering from a stroke. Although she is making a fantastic recovery walking and steps are hard right now. Since we will be adding a master bathroom putting in a raised floor would hide all the plumbing for the sewer drains to the septic. Domestic water will come from the attic as will the power. The garage concrete is in great shape and from the as-built drawings it is 7" thick if I remember correctly. Nice that I have the actual permitted drawing set from the original guy that built the place. He built the s**t out of this place. He did a good job and the bones are good. Unfortunately the later owners did not maintain it very well. They did not know how to take care of a vacation home in the Sierras. Left one winter and turned the heat off but did not turn the water off and drain the pipes. You all know what happened next. Correct, I bought a new house cause they had to gut it and replace everything and I mean everything.

    I will have to check the ceiling height. Thanks for that note.
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