Converting your garage into a room
Consider what you actually use your garage for. All too often it turns into more of a store room than its original intended use as a space to park the car. If that’s the case, it may be time to put it to better use such as a converting it into something more useful and worthwhile.
It’s is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to add floor space. For example, creating a new home office, a gym or a playroom can often be completed in just over 2 weeks.
It also means you won’t have the hassle of moving house as you can get the home that suits your family’s needs by staying right where you are. You’ll also be saving on legal fees for solicitors, stamp duty, etc.
And, unlike building a bigger extension, you won’t be losing any of your garden space.
A garage conversion can also increase the value of your home. Virgin Money thinks you’ll be able to get around a 10%-20% return by taking on a well thought out project that enhances the look and functionality of your house. There are many choices, such as a full Integral single garage conversion, a double integral garage conversion, part Integral garage conversion or a detached garage conversion,
The Integral garage conversion option is quite simple to work into the main accommodation as it’s easy to knock through the wall to join up with an existing room. You could also consider enlarging a hallway or extending your kitchen.
A detached garage conversion, meanwhile, gets you a totally separate area for use as a gym, an office away from family distractions or even a business such as a beauty salon.
A single garage generally offers around 15m2 of floor space, more than adequate for a playroom, a drawing room, guest bedroom, or even an extra downstairs shower and WC.