How to turn your garage into a focal point
Remote working has become a mainstay of millions of people’s daily lives, so making the most of your home space is more valuable than ever. There are a number of ways how you can transform your garage from that room, to THAT room. We asked our teams to give us some of their best revamping tips to give you inspiration for refurbs in 2022:
Additional storage space
Storage takes up a sizeable amount of everyone’s home, so when it comes to your garage you need to get creative. Vertical shelving is a great way to save space without having to get rid of belongings and materials. Whether you’ve got a family of bikes which you dice with when reversing back in after a day at work or you just want to tidy up your tools instead of leaving them lying dangerously on the floor, get stacking!
But, not everything should go up high. If you have a bench or any form of sitting area, why not transform it into a stylish storage container? It’s a fantastic way to save treading through your home in muddy boots, as well as being a quick fix for tidying up when guests come to stay.
Transform your garage into a separate room: office, home gym or game room
With the sizeable increase in remote working, having a home office is more important than ever before – and it doesn’t have to be pricey! With a lick of paint, a trip to the local furniture store and your new stylish storage space, you can turn your garage into a modern workspace in no time.
Perhaps you already have an office in your home, though, and you need somewhere to unwind. If you have a driveway to park your car, most garages are the perfect shape for a home gym – and it’s not as hard as you think. All you need is a couple of workout benches, a rack of dumbbells and a barbell with rack and weights – and a cable machine if you have the money to spare.
Or, go for a traditional game room. A dart board takes up next to no space at all, and everyone loves a game of pool. It’s a great way to spend a night in with your family or friends. You could even stick a sofa against one of the long walls and face a projector towards the other to create your very own home cinema!
Because it houses the biggest door of your home, your garage is likely to be a major source of heating loss. If you want to make your space warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer (lowering your bills in the process), start by adding insulation. This can be installed between the studs, even if the space isn’t fully finished, and helps utilise the space year-round. For the door specifically, spraying foam insulation is a great trick.
Transform the space into a guest room.
Many a family don’t have a designated ‘guest room’ for friends and family to stay in when they come to visit. Perhaps your family is growing and the kids have taken over the spare bedroom, or you simply don’t have anywhere else to store your belongings. Transforming your garage into an extra bedroom is a sure-fire way to make sure your guests have their own space on a night whilst not cramming everything into that spare room. If you’ve added the storage space and insulation to your garage, all you’ll need is a couple of drawers and a bed and your guests will feel right at home.
Turn it into play space
Or, a garage can be a great area to convert into a playroom where kids can play more freely. It means you’ll be able to shift play mats, toys and all the pesky bits of Lego that always find a way to be stood on and will simply create so much more clean space for you to enjoy in your home. All garages open onto a garden or driveway, so you can open its doors during good weather so the kids can play inside and outside at will. What’s more, if you’re fitted the storage space like we advised, the toys can be put away in an instant.
Doing up your garage can substantially increase your property’s price tag. Take advantage of our services by requesting your FREE property valuation today!