Your garage conversion sounds fine though I am curious about the most important detail. Will this new room have heating and cooling? That is the key for value and for being able to get the home appraised for financing should you choose to sell it. Your buyers will want to be assured that all the square footage can be appraised as sq ft living space.
Enjoy your new room!
South East Arizona Real Estate
Normally, I would not recommend a garage conversion, since appraisers usually consider it as a change that devalues a property. However, the reason appraisers view a garage conversion that way is because, in most cases, the conversion sacrifices the garage for living space. Since a large portion of the buying public expects a house to have a garage, the appraiser sees it that way too.
Your conversion could be the exception to the rule, though. You already have a detached garage, so you will still have a house with a garage. And, you've said that the "flow", or traffic movement, throughout the house will not be negatively impacted by the conversion. Also, your conversion project will be handled by a professional contractor. These are all good things.
I do have a few concerns though. First, garage conversions can sometimes look "odd" from the street. Ideally, you don't want the conversion to spoil the curb appeal of the house. Talk with your contractor about this beforehand, and perhaps hire an architect.
My other concern involves the square footage. Going from 1600 to over 2100 square feet of living area is a big change. The living area is the heated and cooled space in the home. How will your new living area compare with that of neighboring homes? Ideally, you want to stay within the typical range for the neighborhood, so that you don't "overimprove" the home. Overimprovement can affect your home's value when you sell, as the lower values of the smaller surrounding homes may drag your home's value down somewhat.
If you can overcome or minimize the negatives, I'd say go for it. And, on the plus side, you'll have a new family room to enjoy.
Maggie Hawk, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.