Are you making the most out of your garage? If you find yourself in need of more space, don’t overlook the potential in your garage. These are perfect spaces for converting and making into anything from another bedroom to a cinema. Let’s take a look at some of the best uses for a garage conversion:
Create a dedicated relaxation space away from the hustle and bustle of the main home. Let it be an adult-only space such as a Mancave with a games console or simply a hideaway with a comfy sofa and all your favourite things. Not enough space for all your books? Make it a library where you can curl up with your favourite author.
Make your home feel new without relocating
Converting your garage into a bedroom could be the perfect solution if your family is growing and moving is being considered. Save the hassle of uprooting your family and make the most of the space you have. If you regularly have friends and family over, it could become a guest bedroom. Being on the ground floor makes your garage ideal as a granny annexe or for a guest with disabilities. A separate door could be put in to allow your relative to have their own independence. Having an extra bedroom will certainly add value to your home.
Create a haven of fun
If the children are getting restless, why not make them a dedicated room where they can run wild? Fill it with toys and you won’t have to worry about any damage in the rest of the house or toys lying everywhere. Your children will have somewhere safe to play where you can keep an eye on them while keeping noise away from the rest of your home.
Pump some iron at home
Find some motivation for your fitness again by creating your own personal gym. Save money on a membership that you forget to use and build your own fitness space in the comfort of your own home. You can choose the equipment and enjoy staying fit without other people around. Without the need to travel, you could fit in 10 minute sessions throughout the day or even while cooking.
Get some movie magic
Be the envy of all your friends by turning your garage into a home cinema. Grab the popcorn, a massive tv or projector and add some bean bags or comfy sofas and you have the perfect place to screen your favourite films.
Get your motivation back
If you regularly work from home but get distracted by the children, pets or even just by being home, consider making your own office. Lock yourself away in a space dedicated to focus and concentration. Or perhaps you love painting but don’t have the room? Turn the garage into a studio where you can let your creative juices flow in the peace and quiet.
Expand the most-loved room in the home
If your garage is next to your kitchen, why not knock through to create an open-plan kitchen and diner? The kitchen is the one room where the majority of homeowners would like a bit more space. Create some space for baking or so the whole family can enjoy breakfast together. Or it could become a utility room perfect for storage and larger appliances such as your washing machine and tumble dryer. This would free up valuable worktop space.
Do I need planning permission for a garage conversion?
Like a conservatory, most garage conversions are classed as permitted development. However, you will still probably be subject to building regulations approval as the garage undergoes a ‘change of use’. Your local authority will need to be notified. An inspection will need to ensure that the garage is structurally sound, electrically safe, ventilated and energy efficient. If you plan to run a business out of your garage or live in a listed building or conservation area, check with your local authority.
Endless imaginative uses for your garage conversion
Your garage conversion could become anything you want it to. We can create a stunning space for your home that will make it feel like new again. Get in touch with Oakley Green Conservatories today to see how we can transform your home.