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3 Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Garage Space

Long commutes, longer workdays and the expectation of nonstop accessibility have created a newfound urgency to somehow bring work and family life together. If you can relate, you may have found yourself pondering where you can possibly find space in your home for a home office, a playroom for your kids or even an apartment for an aging family member.

If you work from home and have children or an elderly loved one living with you, you already know how challenging it can be to keep your work life and your personal life separate while at home. One creative to solve this dilemma is to repurpose your garage space to meet these needs.

FROM GARAGE TO OFFICE

Turning your garage space into a home office is arguably the most simple of the three conversion options. The simplicity or complexity will depend on the type of work you do and how important ambience is to you. There are several things to evaluate before beginning a garage to home office conversion project.

Do you have enough electrical outlets?

This is often a relatively simple issue to fix. It’s likely you can have an electrician come out and install a few extra outlets in the most convenient areas.

Can you get Internet in your garage?

If the answer to this question is “no,” the solution may be as simple as installing a signal booster or a wireless router. Then again, make sure you can access the Internet in the garage before you go through the trouble and expense of creating a home office.

What are your options for temperature control? Depending on the climate you live in, your temperature control concerns may be more urgent in the summer or winter. Evaluate whether you can safely use portable cooling and heating in your garage before beginning your project.

FROM GARAGE TO PLAYROOM

Converting your garage into a children’s playroom can be a great way to give yourself some breathing space and your kids a fun separate space to play. Again, the simplicity or complexity of the project will depend on the age of your children and the climate you live in. Using flooring like corkboard will provide some sound insulation as well as a soft surface to walk on. You can add cabinets, low tables, magnetic chalkboards on the walls and other aids to give your children various playtime options. Adding soft woven floor rugs is another idea.

FROM GARAGE TO APARTMENT

Transforming your garage space into a garage apartment will likely be the biggest-ticket transformation of these three options. However, this is also the only option that may allow you to recoup some or all of your investment over time by renting out your garage to a tenant. In fact, supplemental income is one of the major reasons for those who create a separate apartment in their garage.

It will be especially important here to apply for the correct permits and allow for sufficient time for approval before beginning your project. As well, because your goal is to create a standalone, self-sufficient living space, evaluate access to the local water, sewer, gas and power lines before you begin. Finally, unless you feel confident in the home improvement department, consult a professional contractor to create the plans and answer your questions, even if you ultimately decide to complete the renovations yourself.

Finally, it can be a wise step to consult a general contractor if any of these three repurposing ideas appeal to you. Even if you plan to do the work yourself, a professional can offer money- and time-saving insight that can help. Ultimately, by repurposing your garage space into a home office, a children’s playroom or a garage apartment, you’ll add flexibility and dimension to your home life.

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