Will converting an old, tiny, 1 car garage into a new kitchen help or hurt resale?

Asked by Rob, Manchester, NH Wed Nov 19, 2008

I could convert this tiny garage (property has no other garage other than a cover-it temporary 2 car) and a small family room that was built into the breezeway between the house and garage into a larger eat-in kitchen by knocking the wall down between the garage and the family room . I would then gut the old kitchen (which is next to the breezeway) and make that the dining room. The old dining room would then become the new larger family room. Does this floorplan re-map sound like a good idea. I would gain a larger modern eat-in kitchen, a larger family room, a more open dining room, but loose a 1 car garage that can't fit a modern car. There is a shed on the property as well as a full basement for storage.

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Dane Hahn, , 34223
Wed Nov 19, 2008
Hi Ron,

An old tiny 1-car garage adds little value, so the loss of the garage would not negatively impact the overall value of your house. If you made a nice kitchen, that will add to the value, so you may have a net gain.

Again, good luck

Dane Hahn
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Thu Apr 24, 2014
Hi Rob:

Right, great question and a great functional layout and plan.

You should carry it out, as a tiny 1 car garage is likely more for storage and little
functional value to store a SUV or truck.

If you have the land or room, maybe build a car port some where on the property.

Good luck
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Murphy Team, Agent, Portland, ME
Thu Apr 24, 2014
Yes, it would be a good idea to move forward on this renovation. Replacing a non-functional space with something that will not only increase the value of your home but improve your quality of life is ALWAYS a good idea.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Fri Nov 21, 2008
Rob it sounds like you are doing the right thing. If the garage is non functioning as a modern car wont park and other than a great polace for a lawn mower, all the kids toys and storage, the addition of living space will certainly add more value. The important thing you mention is that you will be bringing the floor up so there is no stairs up or down to the new space. Kitchens are one of the most important thing in the house to add bvalue and the family room is also a great add. Good luck with your renovations, they are well thought out.
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Susan Crush, Agent, Bedford, NH
Thu Nov 20, 2008
Hi! Rob,

The unusable garage has little to no value in my opinion. As long as you are not disrupting a good flow to the floorplan with these changes, they sound worthwhile.

A nice kitchen remodelling job always adds value as long as the quality is there.

Good luck!

Susan Crush
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Rob, , Manchester, NH
Thu Nov 20, 2008
Currently the garage floor is 3 steps down from the breezeway/family room floor. The renovations would bring the garage floor up to the same level as the current breezeway/family room floor (creating a crawlspace). The ceiling in the former garage area would be vaulted to match the vaulted ceilings in the family room as well as to gain extra headroom and a feeling of spaciousness. There would be a 1 step up into the main part of the house from the new eat-in kitchen into the new dining room (this step exists today from the family room into the kitchen). I might make the step area a large archway to make the space feel even bigger.
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Ron Fredette, Agent, Bedford, TX
Wed Nov 19, 2008
It sounds like you should rethink this. To walk from the a large eat-in kitchen into the diningroom sounds OK, but is there stairs or an elevation change between the breezeway/familyroom and the garage?
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