Many people are looking to expand upon their homes. However, it’s expensive to pay for an entirely new room to be added onto the house, and many people simply do not have the money for it. Another problem arises when peoples’ properties are not big enough to accommodate the changes that they want to make. The garage is always there though. How can this place go from a storage area to another room in the house?
The Technical Details
Making the garage into a room is generally not as simple as just throwing some couches out there and calling it a day. To truly make it a safe and comfortable place, you will need to make some structural changes to it. For example, the garage is going to get very cold in the winter if it’s not properly insulated. You may want to consider hooking it up to the main heat or air conditioning in the home. Furthermore, garages are generally easier to break into than is the rest of the house. Have the garage door removed, and put in a regular, strong one. This door can then be alarmed just as the rest of the house is.
Options for Change
So many options exist for turning the garage into a family room. It could be an additional den, or it could be the first den if there isn’t another one. The family can use this room for family game nights of for reading stories on the night before Christmas. Not everyone has a large house with a formal dining room. Move the living room out to the garage, and then turn the space that was once a living room into the formal dining room. If you have small children in the family, then that space can become a playroom. That’s really an excellent idea if the garage is currently right off of the kitchen. While you are cooking dinner, the children can be entertaining themselves in their new play room.
Another idea is to turn it into a space for your older children and teenagers. You are probably tired of their mess lying all over the house, so bring out some beanbag chairs and a pool table that they can use. Perhaps some of them play instruments, and you can use this new space as a place where all of you can jam together.
You want to make sure that the room feels warm and inviting, and many garages do not. Be sure to purchase plenty of comfortable chairs on which people can sit. Both regular tables and side tables are helpful if you plan to serve meals and snacks out there. Look into different lighting options too. Simply living off of that one random light bulb hanging up in the center of the garage is not going to provide much light. A pretty chandelier will really make the space look formal, and some wireless sconces give the space that homey feeling.
Another suggestion is to replace the floor of the garage. That cold, hard cement is really not all that inviting. Even if getting a whole new type of floor surface is not an option, carpeting it might be. Even some area rugs will make the space look more appealing to you, your family and guests to your home.
No matter what you decide to do, converting the garage into living space is a really practical idea. It’s not as though the switch will be free, but it’s generally more budget friendly than is completing revamping the home and putting an expensive extension on to the existing space.