Garage conversions are sometimes the last thing that we think about when we are looking to create extra space in our homes, but often they can be one of the quickest, easiest and most cost effective extension options. These days very few people actually use their garages to store cars, they are much more likely to be found full of redundant furniture, old children’s toys, disused gym equipment, boxes stuffed with memorabilia that we can’t actually remember and generally a lot of other junk! And with modern cars getting bigger and houses getting smaller, using that wasted space in your garage to extend your living space can be a fantastic option (and no don’t worry – most modern cars are thoroughly galvanised and your pride and joy won’t in fact take any harm from living on the drive!).
So what should you consider when thinking about converting your garage?
Firstly what exactly do you want your extra space for? Popular uses for garage conversions include:
- Extra living space – you may love curling up on the sofa with your kids now, but how much are you going to enjoy spending Friday nights sharing the sofa with a bunch of grumpy teenagers?
- Extra bedroom – garages can make fantastic ground floor bedrooms for elderly relatives, occasional guests or to make room upstairs for a new addition.
- Home Office – with the trend amongst many companies for working at home, having a dedicated space can make a huge difference – no more getting distracted by the phone, TV, dog, hoovering, sock pairing etc!
- Extend your downstairs living space – rather than treating your converted garage as a separate room, depending on where it is positioned you could consider removing an adjoining wall and extend your current kitchen, living room into the garage to create an amazing big room.
Secondly what are the limitations of the space?
Different garages will provide you with different amounts of space, for example the average single garage could create around 150 sq feet of space and a double garage could provide up to 300 sq feet. There are also other options to consider, such as should you convert the entire garage into living space or keep a portion at the front (or other) for storage?
Finally, are there any planning constraints or other restrictions to consider?
This can be a little more tricky, and so it is here that we recommend that you get some professional advice. As a one of the top building firms in Bolton we have extensive experience of creating garage conversions and have considerable knowledge regarding the planning and building rules that have to be adhered to.
So if you are thinking of embarking upon a garage conversion contact Wisecraft Ltd today for free and no obligation advice on the best option for you.