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Convert your garage into a home office - built in air conditioner


Putting a window unit a/c into the wall

This built-in air conditioner is the best way to cool off on a hot summer work day in the new office. After careful measurements were made so that the unit would fit nicely into the frame I set the unit in place on a slight angle downward to let any moisture captured by the air conditioner drain out the backside. Also for added security I attached three brackets on the interior framing that secure the unit and keep it from being pulled through the window from the outside. We had our electrical wizard Jeff, put a new electrical outlet in just below the air conditioner. Jeff also recommended that we have the A/C unit on its own circuit.


Air conditioner from the exterior

Here's a view of the built-in air conditioner from the exterior. Notice the slight angle of the unit to allow water to run off when the unit is in full operation. Also I built a small frame to trim out the new A/C unit. I had just enough of the 1x4 pine boards left over from the windows to give it a nice trimmed out finished look.

Installing drywall around built-in a/c

When the drywall was hung around the unit I made sure to notch out the drywall where the 3 "L" type security brackets were. I plan on trimming out this built-in air conditioner with something later which will cover up the brackets, but if for some reason the unit needs to be removed, the person who removes it will know how the unit has been installed when they find the notches and brackets buried beneath the decorative trim.

continue on with drywall installation


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