You have asked a good question about a house with a "garage conversion."
By definition, a "Garage Conversion" is what we call a house whose garage has been converted to living space instead of parking space. This means the space (or square footage) has to be heated and air conditioned (in Texas). It usually also means a wall has been put up to define living or sleeping areas, so you could no longer park a car in it. (Some garages are easy to convert back.)
The average 2-car garage is about 400 square feet, so you would be able to add approximately 400 square feet to a house by converting the garage. This frequently works well for large families who need the extra space without wanting to pay more for a larger house. But if you appreciate parking your vehicles in a shaded, protected space, then you would want to have a garage space to park in. When people in the real estate industry quote the size of the house, they do not count spaces that are not air conditioned, such as porches and garages. Some cities have deed restrictions, and require that a garage be a part of the original house as constructed by a builder. This is true in Watauga, for example. But after the first owner moves in, they may close in the garage. Sometimes you will find a large house with a carport added over the driveway to provide shelter for vehicles after the garage has been converted.
If you would like to purchase the original house which triggered your question, please call me. Or, if youi want to search for a large house with a garage, let me know and I will get you a list of homes available in your price range, either in NRH, or the neighboring cities. We have many nice homes on the market today, and several in your price range.
Contact me at your earliest convenience.
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