Instead of just a place to store stuff (and maybe to accommodate your car), your garage may also be a moneymaker.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a FROG over your garage, you may be missing out on something.
Your finished room over garage (or FROG) could be the perfect spot for a game room, kids’ play spot, or best of all (financially speaking), a rental property.
FROGS and bonus rooms are widely popular with buyers these days. And while it certainly hasn’t reached the stage where you won’t be able to sell your home without a FROG, you will add value and may be able to get a higher price with one.
According to an article at ThisOldHouse.com, a FROG can be a cost-effective way to add space. In the article, architect Mary Dorsey Brewster notes, “An over-the-garage addition doesn’t increase a house’s footprint, which helps reduce costs .
But it also presents unique challenges in planning and construction.” These include local bylaws and fire and safety regulations as well as a host of potential structural and design problems.
Building your dream FROG won’t be cheap: you will need special insulation and will have to heat, cool, and plumb it—and that’s just for a start. You’ll also need an entrance, and you may have to install more windows or skylights to bring in natural light.
FROGs can add to your home’s curb appeal or they can look like poorly done add-ons. Hire experts to design and build your FROG. You’ll be glad you did.