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Considering A Garage Conversion? Here's How To Achieve It

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More homeowners in the UK than ever before are choosing to improve rather than move. This is primarily because property prices in some areas are so high that families can no longer afford to upgrade to a larger home. The solution is to convert basements and lofts into living spaces. Another solution is to convert a garage into another room that can be used.

If I’m completely honest, I’ve never used my garage to store my car. For a start, it’s just too narrow to easily get my car into the space without worrying about hitting the wall! Also, I simply can’t be bothered to get out of the vehicle and open the door every time I want to park at my home! Like most other people, I use my garage to store a whole host of items and leave my car on the drive outside.

With that in mind, I’ve often thought about converting my garage into a usable space. In fact, I nearly did it last year, but then changed my mind at the last moment. However, the thought is still lurking there at the back of my mind, and I’ve put so much thought into how I could make good use of this underused space that I decided to list the best uses for a garage conversion here to inspire others. 

Why Consider A Garage Conversion?

There’s a whole lot of reasons why you should consider a garage conversion. Reasons that have obviously proved appealing to almost four million UK homeowners over the last two decades!

Firstly, planning restrictions tend to be less stringent in the case of garage conversions and since the amount of work necessary will be usually less disruptive when compared to other kinds of conversion, it will be less hassle for you as a homeowner.

Even better, when you opt for a garage conversion, the external structure is already there. That means that you only need to work on the interior of the space. This will save you a lot of time and effort when compared to something like a loft conversion which will usually require a lot of exterior work too.

So, if you’re thinking of turning your garage into another room, what type of room should you convert it into? Here are some of the best ideas...

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Although a garage may not seem like a very warm or comfortable space for guests to sleep in, with the right insulation your space can be just as cosy as any other room in your home!

An Additional Living Space

If you have a large family, having a second living space could be a lifesaver. Many houses have disappointingly small living rooms, especially those which are new builds, and that can mean that hectic family life becomes even more difficult to cope with.

With two teenagers and one young adult child in the house, often with some of their friends in tow, it can be difficult for all of us to find a space in our living room. A second living area in a converted garage would give us all space to stretch out without being on top of each other.

A Spare Bedroom

If all your bedrooms are full but you still need somewhere for guests to sleep on family occasions and special events, turning your garage into a spare bedroom could be the ideal solution. 

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If your children are still young, it makes a spacious playroom where kids can spread out their toys to their heart’s content. If they are teens (or even older) they can turn the room into a gaming space that they can enjoy with their friends with video consoles and sofa beds

A Separate Dining Room

Many homes these days don’t have separate dining rooms. Instead, they have a living/diner or a kitchen/diner. While this is better than having no dining space at all, it still isn’t ideal, especially if you have a large family to sit down to meals at the same time. If you convert your garage into a dining room you can have a large space dedicated to socialising – perfect for anyone who enjoys hosting dinner parties (yes, I’m guilty as charged!)

If your garage backs onto the kitchen of your home, you could even consider taking down the wall between the two spaces for an open plan room that gives you plenty of flexibility. 

A Children’s Play Space

As a parent, I know just as well as anyone how we all need space away from the kids from time to time. We all love our children, but sometimes both adults and kids need time out to do our own thing. That’s why a garage conversion into a children’s play space can be such a brilliant idea.

If your children are still young, it makes a spacious playroom where kids can spread out their toys to their heart’s content. If they are teens (or even older) they can turn the room into a gaming space that they can enjoy with their friends with video consoles and sofa beds. You may never see them in the house again!

A Home Office

More of us are working from home than ever before. You can really boost your productivity by having a home office where you can really focus on your work. Turning your garage into your workspace will get you away from all the distractions of the house, and even better you can extend your wi-fi into your newly created space to take advantage of all your home amenities.

Visit Home Logic today to find out more about how you can turn your garage into a stunning and useful additional living space.