For a lot of us, renovating can make more sense rather than selling our homes and moving. We might want a larger home and more space. But quite often we are established in the area we live in. It might be close to work, schools as well as family and friends. So more and more of us are renovating the space that we already have. It can add more value to your home when you do this too. One large space that a lot of us have is a garage. If you are after some more space, it could be worth converting it. Here are some ideas to inspire you.
First of all, you need to think about is what is already in the garage. Are there some things that can’t be moved? If you have bikes and power tools, can they be moved a shed? If there is just a refrigerator, you can always keep that in there and work around it.
What room does the garage lead off from? If it is from the kitchen, you could make it into an extension of the kitchen. Eat in Kitchens are a hot commodity so it would certainly work. You will need to see if it is possible to change the doorway area. You would want to get rid of the internal door to make the space more open. Could you create an archway of the space? You want to soften the look of the garage area so that it doesn’t just look like a boxy converted garage.
Could you use the space as an extra living area? Quite a lot of people convert a garage into something like a games room, especially if they have teenagers. So think about what might fit in there. Storage units is a great idea to store books, DVDs, and games. If you want to have a television, then a wall mounted one is a good idea. Then you could get a storage area for things like games consoles. A coffee table is a good idea for a games room or extra living space. Then just think about getting plenty of comfy sofas and beanbags. Gaming chairs would be amazing in there too. It would make it look modern and funky.
If there is going to be more than just some power tools or a refrigerator in the garage, then it might be a good idea to get new doors. You will want ones that are more secure; especially if you have things like snooker tables and games consoles in there. You could browse some styles from somewhere like www.lakesdoors.co.uk. Then you can see what your options are and what it would all cost.
You might want to use the space as a laundry or utility room. Having all of the laundry and washing machines out of sight can be handy. Then you can just focus on keeping all of the ironing and laundry sorting in one room. How nice would it be to close the door on it all? Light colors would work well for a laundry room, as well as a tiled floor. For some more ideas for converting a garage, have a look at www.realhomesmagazine.co.uk.
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