I recently told my husband Jim that I want to turn our garage into a living room and he looked at me like I had grown two heads or something.
It’s not like he should really be surprised, though, if you ask me.
I mean, it’s really no big shock that I want to have a little bit more space for our family. We have three kids and two big dogs and it seems like this place is getting smaller and smaller all the time. I have been talking to a couple of different contractors about this and yesterday I met with an HVAC contractor. It was one of those meetings where I found out that it’s going to be much more difficult to get the heating and cooling stuff straightened out in the garage than I thought it was going to be. I thought that they would just be able to hook up the garage to the HVAC system in the house and that would be the end of it. Well, it turns out that it’s much more complicated than that. I thought that it would be easy, but the HVAC contractor that we talked to said that it would be very difficult to run ductwork from our existing ventilation system out to new ductwork in the garage. He said that we might actually be better off to install something called a ductless mini split air conditioning system out in the garage. He said that those types of HVAC systems are easy to install and would probably be easy on our wallets, since they don’t need too much electricity to run them most of the time.