Garage Conversion is done

I know I haven’t updated in a bit (2 weeks), but the garage conversion just completed so here is my wrap up.

I’m going to start, first, by mentioning my contractor again, Booth Construction

So I talked about how Dave Booth, the contractor, was very hands on the whole time. He was on sight the whole time, every day. It’s odd to say, but I’m gonna miss seeing him come to the house every day.

Let me start with the bathroom since that is the main, most important part of the remodel for accessibility. I posted pictures of the shower surround,

But here I’ve taken a panorama of the finished bathroom. Granted it may be difficult to get the scale of the bathroom, but it took this while in my chair and spinning.

Of course I have put in all smart switches so I can turn on any of the lights or fans using an app or with Amazon Alexa.

I also posted that I installed a smart shade that I can also work, manually, with an app, or Alexa. It is also schedulable so I can have it open at a certain time every day and close at, say, sunset every day without thinking about it.

I also took a panorama of the finished room, again, I am spinning in my chair.

It may not be completely observable from the pano, but the door is wide enough for the chair. It is ADA compliant.

As the last finishing step, Dave put on shutters on the front. It’s not something I thought about, so I didn’t ask for them, but they DO make the conversion blend into the rest of the house.

So with this done, I’m going to need to repave the driveway. Dave recommended cutting a lawn strip, separating the new section from the driveway, so it looks less like that’s were the garage was.

Smart Shades

I ordered smart shades for the new room. I’ve already gotten the extra Alexa, and we are going to have 6 smart light switches and 4 smart 2-way switches. 3 of the smart switches are going to control things in the bathroom, the others will control the main room.

From an accessibility standpoint, I’m going to be able to control all of my lights, and now the blinds, without having to move my chair around, or from lying in my bed.

Garage Conversion May Be Completed Early

I just spoke with the Contractor. He says that things have gone so well, he expects to be able to finish up and have the final inspection either the end of next week or the beginning of the following. That is really good for a project that he gave an initial estimate of mid-April. Granted that date was for safety, delays, inspector appointments, scope changes, etc.

Today he’s putting in the bathroom tile.

The shower stall looks great

Garage conversion current status

The garage conversion is coming along very well, and they are actually ahead of schedule. They are cutting the wall today that will connect the room to the house. After this, I should be able to roll into the room to take pictures again.


Garage Conversion is going full steam ahead

I had written about the start of the garage conversion and posted pictures that I could get. But, at this point, the old door from the garage into the laundry room has been closed off and walled to turn into my new bathroom door. The new shower stall has been delivered, installed, and the plumbing connected.

Shower Stall

On the right are the grab-bars, on the left (folded up) is the shower seat.

The rest of the room has been framed and had the different inspections done. Framing, plumbing, and electrical inspections have all passed. Those are the last of the inspections needed and the rest of the earnest work may continue.

I did not take this picture myself, since a lot of the framing has been done, it is not accessible to me right now until, either, the cut the entrance to the house, and/or they build a ramp to the new (additional) entrance door.

They are doing the pink insulation and drywall, and, since they have put on a ceiling, will be blowing insulation for the ceiling.