The garage is a very versatile piece of real estate within reach. Sadly, many people fail to take advantage of the space it gives, and are unable to maximize it because of one simple reason: they need to park their car.
For many years, the garage has always been the parking space in any home. The bigger the garage, the more cars can be parked.
There’s nothing wrong with this setup. Our cars need to be kept safe and protected from the elements, as well as from people who plan to do wrong things.
When our cars are somewhere else, however, we find the garage empty and bare. And with our busy lifestyles, it’s very likely that our garages are without our cars on a daily basis, leaving the garage vacant and unused.
If you’re the kind of person who always takes the car out, or you have another space to park your car, or if you don’t have a car but have a garage, you should know that you have in your garage a space that you can use for every good thing you plan.
Here are a few garage conversion ideas to help you maximize your garage space.
Turn it into a Playroom
Instead of letting oil and grease accumulate in your garage, fill it with giggles and happy memories of your kids playing and having fun. By turning your garage into a playroom, your kids can play without having to make noise inside your main home.
Clean your garage and lay carpet tiles on the floor to make it softer and safer for them to play in. Decorate your garage with bright colors your kids will enjoy. Secure all windows and entry points so you are assured of their safety.
Make sure to have enough garage door insulation to keep the garage as comfortable as possible. To help you have peace of mind, you can also install security cameras so you can watch your kids play while you work in your office or home office.
Convert it into a home office
Speaking of home office, why not convert your often-unused garage into someplace you’d love to work in?
Clear your garage, and install important office pieces like your preferred office table, some cabinets for your papers and documents, and of course, a good office chair.
Since you’re going to spend most of your time working here, make it the most comfortable workspace you won’t mind working overtime in. If your garage isn’t included in your home’s heating and cooling system yet, install one for it.
Make sure to secure your garage door if you won’t replace it with a wall or bay windows.
Get fit in your own Home Gym
If you’re the busy person who’s having difficulty finding time to go to the gym or jog around a path outside your home, you might benefit from having a home gym in your garage.
Cover the floor with rubber mats, stack up a few weights, get an exercise bike, and hang a punching bag in your garage. With a home gym, soon you’ll find yourself shedding off that unwanted fat and getting fit, all in the comfort of your own garage.
An added room for family and guests
If your extended family loves to come over and visit you, you’ll know how important an additional guest room is. With an added room, you will be able to accommodate guests staying over. You’ll also have room for when your kids grow up.
Before converting your garage into a bedroom or guest room, however, you will need to to check with your city’s Zoning Department for prohibitions and other necessary information. Don’t proceed to convert your garage without getting necessary permits.
Transform it into a hobby room
The garage is the perfect place to exercise your creativity. Turn your garage into a hobby room where you can paint artworks, get to work on those sculptures you’ve always wanted to create or build those furniture pieces you’ve been longing for.
Converting your garage into a hobby room is easy as most of the equipment you’ll need for a variety of projects could already be there.
A workbench and power tools, for example, are great for those woodworking projects. An air compressor will be useful for painting projects using an airbrush.
Have fun converting your garage
There are more ways to make your garage more useful. We haven’t even discussed how you can use it as a recording studio, a fully furnished studio apartment, an entertainment room for when you have many guests coming over — there’s more!
Whatever you plan to do with your garage, make sure you can afford it. Secure necessary permits and follow building codes for major renovations. Above all, have fun working on your garage!