A garage’s primary purpose may be to store cars, but it doesn’t have to be used for that. If you don’t have a car, store your car somewhere else, or just have more garage space than you need to store your car, you’ll find yourself with extra space that can be put to good use. You could just use that extra space for storage, but a garage space can also be converted into a different type of living area. Take a look at some fun garage conversion ideas that you may want to consider using for your unused garage space.
Man Cave/Mom Cave
If the main part of your house sometimes feels overcrowded, the garage may be the best way for you to get back some personal space. Man caves are a popular home addition, but there’s no reason why men should get to have all of the fun – a mom cave or she shed is a perfectly good home addition as well.
The fun thing about a man or mom cave is that it can really be anything that you want it to be. Decorate with posters and personal items that reflect your unique tastes and your interests. Bring in comfortable furniture. Fill a mini-fridge with your favorite snacks and drinks. If you enjoy gaming, bring in a television and game console and a table for board or table games. If you enjoy reading, set up some bookshelves and fill them with your favorites. Bring in lamps or install recessed lighting to illuminate the room so that you can see what you’re doing.
Working from home is becoming more and more popular. Not only are more people freelancing or opening their own businesses, more and more companies are offering employees the chance to work from home. This can give you more flexibility and help you save money on your commute. But how can you work from home if you don’t have a quiet space in which to work? Converting your garage into a home office can be a perfect solution.
The computer and other electronic equipment that you’ll need for work are sensitive to temperature, so proper insulation should be an important early step in converting your garage into a home office. You may also want to have the garage connected to your central heating and air conditioning system, or invest in a portable air conditioner and space heaters so that you can work comfortably no matter what the weather is like.
Maybe you already have plenty of space in the house for a home office or your own entertainment – what you really need is for your kids to stay out of that space so that you can get your work done or watch a movie in peace. This is a sign that your kids may be the ones who need more space. You can give it to them by converting the garage into a playroom.
A garage playroom is a great way to give your kids a large space where they can freely play games and use their toys, and you won’t have to worry about stepping on Legos in the kitchen. You’ll want to make sure that you install some sort of comfortable flooring – rubberized interlocking tiles are an easy and effective choice – so that your kids don’t have to sit on the cold concrete to play on the floor. If your garage is home to your washer, dryer, or hot water heater, you may want to consider building partial walls so that small children can’t get to these appliances.
These are just some of the options that you can use to convert an unused garage into a more interesting and useful space for your family. For more garage ideas, contact us and schedule your free design consultation.