A garage conversion is often overlooked by a homeowner but, they serve as a potential area to expand the square footage of their home. Many homeowners think they need that garage space to store their car, but the reality is that most homeowners rarely park their vehicles inside the garage. Garages tend to become neglected and/or a dumping ground to store superfluous things. If you are considering expanding your home’s square footage then look to your garage and consider a garage conversion! Once you have decided to move forward with a garage conversion – you may wonder exactly where to begin? A design plan is the best place to start, and I have some major point to consider and decide upon that will help you get started and lay a great foundation for the design plan and execution of your garage conversion project.
Garage Conversion Ideas
Garages are not usually heated or cooled, because they are considered an outside space/storage space that does not need the heat and air regulated. However if you are planning a garage conversion to convert it to a livable space, the very first thing you should consider is how you plan to heat and cool this expansion of your home. If you home has central heating and air conditioning you could just expand this service to your garage. Obviously, this is most likely not a DIY project for the average homeowner.
So, I would suggest sourcing and hiring a local contractor to execute the expansion of your central heating and air to the garage. Another option would be to use window units/wall units for AC and portable heating units that are powered by electricity through simply plugging them into an existing electrical outlet. Another utility to consider during your garage conversion is the lighting within the garage. Most garages only have on overhead light that is most likely not very attractive. Consider changing the existing light fixture and adding more sources of lighting (i.e. through lamps or wall mounted lights) to brighten up the space. Whatever option you choose, you want to make sure that your new space is a comfortable place to be in!
Another major point to consider when undergoing a garage conversion is to think about the flooring. Most likely, the garage floor is an unfinished concrete slab. If you are comfortable with not covering the concrete, which is a viable and trendy option, you should at least cover it with some sort of clear sealant to protect it from staining through absorbing anything that may spill on the floor. Exposed concrete flooring may not be your thing. The options for covered flooring are almost limitless. You could paint your concrete floors, or you could completely cover them with wood, laminate, carpet, cork, brick, and so on.
The Garage Door
Changing the garage door is something that will make the biggest impact toward making your garage conversion look less like a garage. Since you will already have such an expanse of opened wall, a huge window is a great option. If you want to make the space smaller consider locating the same product used on the exterior of your home (i.e. matching brick or siding) to create a seamless look from this new window to the other windows along the exterior of your home. If you cannot locate or closely match the materials used on the outside of your home, consider mixing materials (i.e. using siding that compliments the brick and style of your home).
.A garage conversion is a big project, but it is definitely an easier and more sensible option than building a whole new expansion for your home from scratch. So, consider these three areas when you start the process of your garage conversion, and you will be well on your way to having a great new space within your home! Enjoy our pictures of garages that have been converted!
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