Posted on March 11th 2013
It all started with an email.
She contacted us via email, telling us that she wants to convert the existing back patio to a garage.
The house where we will to the conversion is in Los Angeles.
The existing patio had two stucco walls, flat roof with open ceiling, pavers on the floor and the front of the patio was a clear opening from side to side and the hight was all the way to the ceiling. In order to convert the patio to a garage we will need to do the following:
1. Dig for new footing foundation for the third missing wall and for the front of the garage. The front of the future garage will have a 16′ garage door so there will be no footing where the garage door is but from each side of it.
2. We will demo the pave’s floor and we will pour new concrete slab which we will do it during the pouring of the footing, if city inspector will allow us to pour it at the same time.
3. After that being done, we will build the missing walls, stucco the new walls, run new electrical for the new garage, installing the new garage and call the final inspection. There will be inspections prior to the final one such as framing, electrical, stucco paper, drywall nailing and final so make se that our contractor knows what he is doing.
Try not to waste time on unnecessary corrections.
Before any work begin, you will need to have plans and submitted to the city for approval so your new garage will be legal because if it os not then it does not exist and you can lose value. If you choose, you can add a nice 36” door with glass to bring light to it or paint the concrete floor to make it more personal and even insulate and drywall the walls to create a nice studio.
we decided to keep the open beam ceiling.