garage

How to Heat a Garage

Posted on April 24,2015 by ScottG in garage

If you're lucky enough to have a garage, you already know it can be used for more than keeping your car out of the snow. As Kent Jeffery explains in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, garages also are useful for car and equipment repairs, and for storing garden vegetables, cans of paint and anything else a spouse may not want in the house. But in order for a garage to serve those purposes, the temperature has to be above freezing — and for much of the country that means a source of heat.

Insulating the Roof of a Bonus Room

Posted on April 24,2015 by ScottG in bonus room

Andrew K has a project that should ring a bell with lots of homeowners: What's the best way of insulating a room over the garage so it becomes useful, conditioned space? Andrew lives in Massachusetts, in Climate Zone 5A, and would like to turn the space, what real estate agents used to call a "bonus room," into an office. The roof is framed with 2x8 rafters and already has both soffit and ridge vents, but no insulation whatsoever.

A Stupid — and Illegal — Way to Air Condition Your Garage

Posted on April 24,2015 by ab3 in air conditioning

Sometimes people do the craziest things. Take that photo at right, for example. That's a new home being built in Austin, Texas. The arrows point to three air conditioning ducts. In the garage. Yes, they're air conditioning the garage.

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