If you were able to include a new room in your home, what would it be? Maybe a space for family to gather or even a relaxing oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I can tell you that you can make your dream room a reality if you have a garage you’re ready to transform for a new purpose.
When thinking about a home remodel, consider converting your garage into living space that you’ll want to spend time in. Here are a few ideas you can use to transform your garage.
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What to Know About Garage Conversions
Garages are traditionally used as storage space for outdoor equipment and cars. For some homeowners, this space may not meet the needs they have, leaving some parts or the whole garage space completely unused. As we all know, extra space is a commodity, and it’s a great idea to use as much as you can.
However, garages are not always immediately suited for typical indoor use. Insulation, security and flooring repairs are necessary to create your new room. The average cost to remodel a garage is $8,582, depending on how you plan to repurpose your garage. From a high-tech home theater to a simple art studio, what you decide to do with your space will change the cost of the project.
1. Man Cave
Certainly a dream room, a garage man cave will have all your neighbors talking. Let him express himself with a space all his own, filling it with sports memorabilia or games that he loves. Of course, every man cave needs a television. Be sure to contact a pro that can help with any electrical work that needs to be done, as most garages may not be suited to play the big game right away.
2. Home Theater
For a room everyone in the house can enjoy, a home theater is the answer. By remodeling your garage, you can create your own theater to watch all your favorite movies and shows comfortably. Consider adding your favorite theater-style chairs and décor. Windowless garages make the ideal home theater setting to really get the effect. Of course, you’ll need to install the correct wiring during your garage remodel for all the latest technology. The average cost to install home theater wiring or components is $334.
3. Children’s Play Room
Tired of tripping over toys throughout the house? Give your children their own space to have fun with a play room. This fun garage conversion is one the kids can get involved with. Have them help pick out bright paint colors they’d like to see in their play room. Consider adding mats or padded rubber flooring to prevent against any injuries as they play and maybe a few beanbags or two so they can rest.
4. Home Gym
If you love the gym, but hate the commute, consider bringing the workout to you with a home gym garage conversion. Garages provide plenty of space for a treadmill, weights or a stationary bike. Installing padded gym flooring is a must to protect your garage against heavy equipment. Be sure to decorate with colors and photos that inspire you to train your hardest in a space all your own.
5. Guest Room
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You can put the air mattress away and provide your guests with a five-star overnight stay after you’ve converted your garage into the perfect guest room. To transform your room into a great guest house, you’ll need to include proper insulation, plumbing and HVAC into your remodeling plans. After all, you want your visitors to be so comfortable, they won’t even recognize it’s a garage. If it doesn’t match your style, consider replacing your garage door with traditional French doors or a sliding door.
6. Home Office
To create an atmosphere of work productivity, you might want to think differently about your home office. Remodeling your garage is a great way to expand your office space, giving you a place to think and work, without the distractions of home. When you’re hard at work, you’ll want proper lighting and comfortable furniture to get the job done. To learn more about how to design your home office, read DIY Workspace: Home Offices That Inspire Productivity.
7. Hobby Workshop
As my husband’s favorite hobby is woodworking, I can attest to this as being our favorite garage conversion idea. Woodworking isn’t an ideal hobby to have inside the house, as dust ends up everywhere and the loud noise does not make for a relaxing home environment. But, it’s not always suited as an outdoor activity due to changing weather conditions. The solution was simple; our unused garage became a woodshop where tools could be stored and work could be done without disturbing the rest of the house.
For a woodshop, or any other hobby garage conversion, it’s important to remember additional security, to protect valuables inside. A hobby workshop conversion is great place for you to work on what you’re passionate about, some ideas include:
- Sewing or Quilting
- Model Building
- Music Studio
A garage conversion is a great way to add more livable space to your home. You can make it a relaxing sanctuary to get away from it all, a place to spend time together as a family or even a space to be productive. Whatever you choose to do, you can be certain that you’ll have a new favorite part of your home.