If you are not in the habit of using your garage then you might consider it as lost space. There are, however, ways that you can transform it into something livable, functional and enjoyable. Here are four ways you can change things up and make it a proper extension of your home.
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Turn It Into A Mancave Or Lounge
To convert your garage into a mancave or game room or lounge takes very little effort at all. You definitely have the option of running plumbing should you wish to have a sink or a small kitchenette but this is not completely necessary. Simply set up a couch and maybe a recliner or two in front of your TV.
It does not have to be a fancy affair! As for the decoration, why not add retro car signs to spruce up the walls a bit? This will serve as a nod to the fact that it is indeed a garage but that it is still a welcoming space!
Create A Master Bedroom Suite Extension
While this might not be a viable solution for everyone, those with a renovation budget could benefit from this added space. To properly convert the garage into a master bedroom suite, you would likely need to add insulation on both the inside and outside, as well as a proper ceiling.
What’s more, it would not be a bad idea to run plumbing so that you could have a real master bath as well. This will not only add onto the square footage of your home but will become a nice haven that’s private and detached from the rest of the house.
A Spacious Home Office
In the age of remote working, having your own home office or even an extra one is not a bad idea! Having the opportunity to work in a new space will not only boost your productivity but it will allow you to break what otherwise might be a mundane routine!
If you can, make sure you have plenty of light, whether it is natural or not. Installing a fan or two would not be a bad idea either, to make sure it stays well aerated. In the winter, adding rugs will help keep the space cozy and warm.
Your Own Personal Gym
And finally, the most popular idea for unused garages is indeed a personal gym. This is because they are unfussy and easy to install. If you have a treadmill, a stationary bike or even an elliptical machine, chances are it is already in your garage!
For your home gym, think of installing a large mirror on one of the walls so that you can check your alignment when stretching or lifting weights. This will also serve to open up the space and make it that much more inviting and motivating to use!