Whether it’s the garage itself or an addition above the garage, you can expand your home’s living space without using any more precious property space. Before you make the decision to remodel the garage, have your custom builder evaluate the space for current zoning compliance, structural integrity and placement. If it’s a detached garage, get an idea how you’re going to access this building from your home. You may want an enclosed walkway or a covered foot path. If it’s a connected garage, know what’s above it, below it and next to it in your home. You don’t want to convert the garage into a music sound studio if it’s right next to a bedroom, for example.
Garages can be remodeled into almost anything. The easiest, of course, is a new garage itself. If you need more storage space and organization, you can turn the garage into an organizer’s dream by installing cabinetry, shelving and closets. You can divide it into separate rooms. Polished concrete floors and painted cinder block walls make your storage area or workshop look more appealing. Build in a work bench or table and a place for organizing the materials you use for nearly any hobby – from woodworking to painting.
If you want to add an extra room to your home for relaxing and you just can’t seem to find the existing space, consider the garage. A garage can be turned into a sun room by adding a generous supply of windows; a game room by choosing tile or linoleum flooring and finishing the walls and woodwork; or a “man cave,” that has a few small rooms that might serve as a wood shop, a wine cellar and a TV room. Garage renovations can accommodate home theaters, complete with thermal insulation for sound-proof walls, reclining theater chairs and a big screen TV. Home gyms are also popular in garage remodeling. Finishing the walls and floor and adding windows and sliding glass doors that offer a view of your beautiful wooded back yard might be motivation to walk on the treadmill or stair master.