When you begin to run out of space around the house, suddenly, the garage that you always thought of as a waste of space can begin to appear as invaluable real estate that you could use as living space. A garage conversion that’s well-planned can easily add more living space to your home. It could use the same decor and the same design philosophy, and in as little as 10 days, you could have an extra room. If you have an integral garage – something that isn’t separate from your home – that could be completely easy to work on.
Before you actually start out on a garage conversion project, it’ll be good idea to really plan how exactly you’ll use the space. One of the most popular reasons people have to convert their garage is to turn it into an office. But it’s popular also to turn a garage into a play room or a den. Some people will convert their garage in such a way that it extends their kitchen out in a clever way.
Of course, a garage conversion plan will only work if you are prepared to give up on the idea of using the space for your cars. You’ll need to find a way to park your cars out on the driveway and still keep them safe.
Whatever kind of garage conversion you finally decide on, you do want to make sure that everything looks proper both from the outside and on the inside. The finish on the outside needs to stick to the kind of design the house already has. It’s never a good idea to just bolt a new look on just for the garage. As for the insight, often, the garage has all kinds of electrical lines coming in, the gas and water pipes coming in and so on. If you really do want things to look the part, you will have to to consider having everything rerouted.
The trick is to always make things look like they are all part of the same entity. Nothing should look like it’s been bolted on as an afterthought. It’s the biggest problem to do with a garage conversion. People usually, just go with whatever is in style right then, and it just doesn’t blend in with the rest of the house. Not only does it not add to the beauty of your house, it actually takes away from it to have something around that doesn’t look like it belongs there.
You want to find paint, flooring, furniture and general decorative touches that blend with the whole.