If you own a smaller home without a basement or an attic, you may find yourself looking to your garage as a source of more space. Converted garages often become home offices, studies, craft rooms, or guest rooms, adding value to your home without the drama of a costly new construction project, like a backyard studio or a whole new room addition.
Fortunately, garage conversions are fairly straightforward DIY projects Garages. are often converted to create a room with a specialist function (craft room, home office, game room), but if you want your room to serve more than one purpose you’ll have to begin from a clear design concept. Dual concept garages work best with a system in place. A garage can be a summer house and a living space in warmer months, and a place to store your car in winter — both at the same time. For best results, create distinct zones for the dual functions — your car has its space on one side of the garage where a floor suitable for a vehicle can withstand any potential oil drips. The floor should also be able to transition from this use to being appropriate for a living space. Customizable floors are easier than ever now thanks to snap-in-place tiles that are durable, easy to clean, and come in a variety of colors. Try using color to suggest the distinct zones of the space if you’re designing your garage to serve more than one function.
As you think about your design concept and begin going to work, keep in mind that the space is a garage, not an addition, and plan accordingly. Your garage may not be a standard size, but its peculiarities can help give the new room a unique feel, so resist covering up that the room is not in its original form.