When it comes to home improvement, residential garages are often overlooked. Originally created as a space to store vehicles, more and more homeowners are branching out and transforming their garage into something more than an enclosed parking space.
Whether you’re a renovation beginner or a seasoned pro, this article will provide you with the top garage conversion ideas to modernise your space.
The increasing uptake for hybrid working in recent years has meant that people across the country have been creating a dedicated office space at home. Rather than using up valuable living space inside the property, many have utilised their garage to create their ideal workstation. That way, they eliminate any risk of their work life encroaching on their personal space, and can work from home without distractions.
Whatever you choose to use your garage space for, it needs to be easily accessible. The addition of a side entrance door allows for easy access and convenience, while upgrading a heavy garage door to automated garage doors or easy-gliding up and over doors makes the space more appealing as a usable space.
Extension of Living Space
Converting the interior of your garage means that you don’t have to extend or expand your property. With the addition of some furniture and a lick of paint, your garage can be used as an extension of the living space you already have at home. It provides a habitable area for you and your family to enjoy any hobbies or activities, helping to keep your home organised and minimise clutter. Examples include:
- Music or art studio
- Games room
- Home gym
Create a Utility Room
Transforming the inside of your garage into a utility room is a great way of maximising all available space, particularly for families that generate lots of laundry! You have free rein to build a utility room around your lifestyle needs – perhaps you want to free up space in your kitchen by storing your washing machine and tumble dryer elsewhere, or you want a place to keep your additional fridge-freezer.
Electric Car Charging Point
For those who own an electric car, the garage provides the perfect spot to install a charging point. This is because it is easy to connect to the mains electricity of your home, as well as being close enough to the parked vehicle for charging.
While this is safe to do, you will need to seek assistance from a qualified expert who will make sure your garage has suitable wiring and power access for the charger to be installed.
It might be tempting to dump items you no longer want in the house into your garage, however this can make it an unappealing space. Not only that, you risk the contents of the garage becoming damaged over time if they are not sufficiently protected. Instead, dust-proof and insulate the garage so the space is ready for storage; the addition of a modern, durable garage door will also provide further protection against the elements.
What Are the Benefits of Converting Garage Space?
- Value: an additional room with a functioning garage door is very appealing to potential buyers, making the return on investment high compared with other home improvement projects
- Standalone space: having a dedicated space away from the main property allows for more privacy
- Flexibility: the inside of a garage can be easily updated if you decide to change its purpose in the future
If you are looking to upgrade your garage door, the experts at Shutter Spec Security are on hand to help. We transform the look and functionality of garages across Oxford, Aylesbury and Thame – simply get in touch with us today to find out how we can do the same for you.