It has become increasingly popular to accumulate and store overflow items in what was once called home to your car. Many homeowners park at least one automobile outside the garage to make room for unwanted or unneeded treasures. Although vehicles may never get their parking space back, there are several great reasons people are converting their garages to be more functional. Commonly, families outgrow their living area but are unable to expand by building a home addition. Transforming a garage is a practical, affordable way to add space and value to your home. While the words “garage renovation” can sound like a tremendous chore to tackle, the following awe-inspiring ideas I’ve found on various websites may be all the motivation you need.
1. The Man Cave
To have their very own sanctuary in the house may be every man’s dream. Built for relaxation and entertainment, a “man cave” can serve as a refuge to be alone or hang out with friends. Whether a place for playing games, watching sports, drinking beer, working on DIY projects, or all of the above; this use of vacant garage space turns dreams into a reality.
2. Extra Bedroom/Guest Room
Are friends or family in town? Do you have a teenager or college student that has grown out of their bedroom? A garage-turned-guest house offers privacy while still being close to home.
3. Home Gym
Hectic lifestyles can leave little time for going to a gym. The home gym created in this small, two car garage maximizes typically unused space such as walls and corners. Cleaver organization and storage leaves enough room to park a car if desired.
If you own a small business or need a secluded area to concentrate on homework or bills, a home office would be an ideal space to conquer these tasks. But if your house is too small for a separate home office, what should you do? Converting a garage into an office creates a quiet retreat from children, pets, or a spouse.
Converting your garage to a cinema space gives you and your family an escape for movie nights, creates an ambiance for a romantic evening without crowds. In a place where roaring fans can enjoy the game without disturbing a whole household, theatre-quality results can be produced in the comfort of your own home.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to garage conversions, so dream big! After all, many successful rock bands started in a garage. Not just for parking cars and storing junk anymore, your garage can serve as a multipurpose room in your home. It is recommended that before diving into this great transformation project, contact a professional to ensure compliance with city codes and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. A contractor’s oversight provides a safe environment both during and after construction so you truly enjoy the additional space and value that your home gained from a garage renovation.