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This is what we want to do to our garage too. We think it looks so ugly when people add a square of siding to a brick home where the garage door was, or even worse, add sliding glass doors. Haha. Is there any way you could add pics of your friends' conversion? We can't decide how to add the wall & we really don't want to remove any of the garage door system.
This is what I'd do if I needed the room. Why put the money into construction that is already done? I'd also leave the front so many feet for a storage shed to save some money and backyard space too. There is nothing uglier than individuals who convert the garage, remove the door, and it looks like a converted garage (and ruins the integrity of the house's style). I say let people think it's a garage, only to find it a beautiful room in disguise.
I have seen this in FL too. The couple left a 3 ft space at the garage door opening so they could store garden tools etc.
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