Thanks for responding Lorraine! I’m happy to hear about the stray
cats having nice, warm digs. Do you have concerns about cooling in
the summer? Or is it as simple as keeping a door propped open in the
Do the walls already contain insulation?
Hmm, they are drywalled, but I will ask the builder what’s behind
the drywall. I’d love to have a spray foam insulation put in, then
maybe a noise reduction drywall. Or maybe, cement board in some
How about above the ceiling?
The ceiling is finished too, with insulation,as hot air ducts are
run to the bedroom above.
Do you have a pull-down stair so that you can access the "attic"
to place insulation?
We don’t have pull down stairs, as part of the ceiling is covered by
a bedroom above, another part is roof. We havea solution for the
garage door. A company in southern Ontario modifies garage doors to
allow for a pedestrian door within. Extremely cool. Of course, the
design that I love the most (all glass, with aluminium) would be
exactly that, very cool - not meant for the climate that I’m living
in, sadly. Also very neat, the pedestrian door uses standard door
hardware, so I can put a keypad deadbolt on it - which is easy for
my kids to use, and we’d be able to use the space as a bit of a
mudroom too. Yayee! By being prevented from having a permanent wall
(and no space for a window, as this garage is recessed into the
house, and attached on either side to two dwellings), we won’t have
a nice window to leave ajar on a summer’s evening, to cool down the
place. Not sure if a skylight would be a help or more of a
hindrance. I forgot to mention in my earlier posts that the size of
the garage is thankfully small (from a heating and cooling
perspective) - about 10 feet by 20 feet.
Thanks so much, everyone, for taking the time to respond - most