Are garages now the best provider of additional living space?
Garages are no longer just for storing cars with families all over the world converting their garages into additional storage rooms, offices, bedrooms and much more.
In the last decade, they have become the easiest and quickest way of adding extra living space to your home without having to move or spend thousands of pounds on an extension, which can need planning permission. Such is the quality of a garage conversion it begs the questionif they are now the best provider of additional living space? Below we will look at some of the top reasons as to why they can provide the ultimate solution.
A standard garage is around 5 metres in length and 3 metres wide, which can be made wider when the wall between the connecting rooms is knocked through. These dimensions are similar to that of a medium sized living room. Because of the location of the garage, potentially off of another room, you may need to section off areas, but the overall space is quite large.
Depending on what extra space you need, and where the garage is situated, you may or may not be able to add a further bathroom or cloakroom facility. However, if an extra bedroom is required, the space would provide a large bedroom, with space for a double bed and additional storage options. This however could cause issues regarding access off a main lounge and a false wall may need to be erected, or only part of the original wall removed.
Extra bedrooms are one of the major reasons behind why people have been converting their garages but there are also many other reasons, including play rooms, utility rooms and much more. Converting the large space into multiple rooms could be the best option for achieving much more useable living space and offering more to your home. A small bathroom has already been mentioned, but you could create a study, utility room, and cloakroom which can revolutionise the early morning rush or even just provide separate areas for family members to work or play.
If your home already has a garage, a conversion is much simpler to do than having to go through the extension process, and also, as long as just the insides are change, usually does not require any planning permission. If you use a professional company, the work can also be carried out quite quickly which can afford you the new and additional living space you require much earlier than with other options.
All the above is in reference to having an existing garage but should you be considering building a new garage with the option of converting in years to come, choosing the right material could be essential. Concrete Garages offer better weather resistance to other materials, which could make them perfect should you wish to use the space for sleeping requirements or even an additional work space. They are also strong and secure, with a longevity guaranteed.
These are just a few things to consider when thinking about using space within your home more wisely, and show how converting your garage could be the most cost effective and practical solution.