With house prices continuing to rise year on year, more homeowners than ever are opting to renovate their existing property as opposed to selling up. Not only is this a fantastic way to enhance living space and accommodate a growing family, but it will also add significant value to your property, meaning that when you do eventually move on, you’ll enjoy an excellent return on investment.
Now when it comes to updating your home, the first thought is always to extend; however, this is not always feasible and means that you will have to sacrifice the land surrounding your property. Luckily, there are many wonderful alternatives, one of the most popular being a garage conversion. For many, the garage is merely used as an additional storage area, which while this may be convenient, is wasting valuable space. When converted, the opportunities become endless, allowing you to maximise the potential of your home. If this strikes your interest, but you are not too sure where to start, we have put together our favourite single garage conversion ideas for inspiration!
Maximise Living Space With These Single Garage Conversion Ideas
As specialists in garage conversions in Milton Keynes, we have seen a significant increase in the number of homeowners choosing to renovate their home. Having spent more time than ever at home down to the pandemic, families have noticed the lack of space in their home and are finding themselves stepping on each other’s toes. And with the current climate in mind, moving home is often ruled out. However, thanks to the versatility of a garage conversion and lack of building restrictions, it couldn’t be easier to design the space that you truly need, whether this may be for personal or work-related use. Just some of the many options that you could consider include the following:
Whether you have another member of the family on the way or your children are getting older and can no longer share a room, there are many reasons as to why you may be in need of an extra bedroom. This is by far one of the most common reasons as to why homeowners choose to sell up, but upgrading to a larger property does come alongside huge fees, which is not always an option. In fact, according to an article published by Really Moving, upsizing to add another bedroom can add up to £80K to the asking price, depending on where in the UK you are located.
With this in mind, should you have a single garage which you hardly use, this is the perfect solution to your dilemma and ideal for transforming into a spacious bedroom. Depending on the size of your garage, you could even consider separating the space into two to accommodate a small en-suite, creating a bedroom which can be used for many years to come. And even better, you will be saving a huge sum of money as converting a single garage can cost as little as £8,500 plus VAT, and you are free to personalise the new space as much as you wish!
The pandemic has forced us to adapt to an entirely new way of life with no warning, and many of us can agree that the most challenging transition has been moving from working in a busy workplace to working from home. Although remote working has taken a lot of getting used to, many companies have found that productivity levels have increased and employees prefer the flexibility of working from the comfort of their home. As a result of this, it is thought that up to 67% of businesses who have adopted this approach due to COVID-19 will make this a permanent solution.
If you are planning to work from home on a long-term basis, then the makeshift office that you have set up in your living or dining room will no longer be convenient. It will be important to create a space that allows you to separate work from home life, and converting your garage will allow you to achieve just that. As you are designing the home office from scratch, you will be able to incorporate as many features you need to make your working day as comfortable and productive as possible. A popular choice amongst our client is roof windows and large bi-folding doors, which maximise on natural light and ventilation, preventing you from becoming lethargic. For more top tips on how to improve your home office productivity, take a look at Life Hack.
Although many of the reasons why you may choose to convert your garage are for practical purposes, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot use the space to add a touch of luxury to your home – one of our favourite ideas is a cinema room! If you are a self-confessed movie buff and love nothing more than taking a trip to the cinema, then there will be no way that you can turn down watching the latest releases from the comfort of your home. The key will be to make the room as cosy as possible with comfortable sofas and plenty of blankets.
When designing your home cinema, it will be vital to spend plenty of time researching the technical aspects such as screens and sound systems. You want to be able to fully immerse yourself in the magic of the cinema, so choosing the right devices will be essential. Curry’s blog Tech Talk features a helpful guide including different options to consider, along with tips on how to find the perfect electricals for your home, so we suggest taking a read if you’re unsure on where to begin.
If the one thing that you are missing the most during the lockdowns is the gym, then why not consider transforming your unused garage space into a home gym? Unfortunately, due to the nature of gyms and leisure centres, these are always likely to be the first industries to close when there is a spike in cases, which means that swapping to working out from home will most definitely work towards your advantage. It means that regardless of how the pandemic plans out, you will always be able to stay on track, reaping both the physical and mental benefits of exercise.
When it comes to the overall price of creating a home gym, this will differ based on the equipment that you use the most. For example, if you start with basic weights and a few benches, then this will be far cheaper than purchasing in equipment. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that although you will have to make an initial investment to create your home gym, it will prove considerably more cost-effective in the long-term as you will no longer have to worry about monthly memberships or travel costs. For more information on building a home gym, take a look at OriGym’s full guide.
For those with little ones, we are sure you will agree when we say that your entire home becomes one big playroom, no matter how much you try to tidy away all of those toys. However, in most cases, while you cannot avoid the odd toy here and there, the main reason behind the chaos is that there is no allocated space for the youngest members of the family to call their own. Their toys are tucked away in storage boxes here, there and everywhere, which of course means that you will always be tripping over Lego bricks or dolls. With this in mind, if you have found that your living room, in particular, has been taken over by toys, then converting your garage into a playroom will most definitely work towards your advantage.
When designing your playroom, it can be tempting to paint the walls in vibrant colours and choose colourful carpet, but we suggest keeping the foundations of the space neutral, then adding character through decorations. Why? Because your children are not always going to be small and in need of a playroom, which means that at some point, you can reconvert the space into one of the other ideas in our article. Through keeping the main aspects of the room simple, you are future-proofing the space, meaning that you will not have to redecorate completely when you no longer need a playroom.
Working in the beauty industry often means that your working hours can differ from day to day based on your clients. Some may only be able to book in evenings and weekends, and others prefer in the morning on weekdays, which means that hours can often be inconvenient when having to travel to and from a salon. You are also likely to find that some days you have time to spare between appointments, so you find yourself waiting around. It is for this reason that a significant number of beauty therapists have chosen to create their own salon from home. As opposed to sacrificing garden space, for example, to extend your property, converting the garage is a fantastic, cost-effective solution. This means that you have complete freedom to choose your own working hours, can pop into the living room to relax between bookings and do not have to worry about travelling home after late-night appointments.
If you are planning to build a home salon, then it is vital to keep in mind the legalities required before committing. Not only will you have to check that your mortgage or tenancy allows you to run a beauty business from home but you will also need to take out separate insurance cover. Salon Services has put together a useful article with everything you need to know about opening a home beauty salon.
Whether you have older children who are nagging for a space to relax with their friends or dream of a home arcade, there are many reasons why converting your garage into a games room is the perfect option. It gives you the complete versatility to fill the space with whatever you wish, whether this may be an entertainment area with games consoles or a pool table, for example. Of course, no games room is complete without super comfy seating – we love the idea of bean bags!
Just one of the many examples a games room garage conversion is the project that we completed for Mr and Mrs Foster. Not only did they create an area to relax in front of the TV, finished with armchairs and Philips hue lighting, but they also incorporated a fully fitted kitchen. Head over to our case study page for the full project details!
If you are interested in a garage conversion in Buckingham or any of the surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Our highly skilled team have many years of experience, so will work with you to bring your vision to life.
If you are a social butterfly and love inviting loved ones over (after the lockdown, of course!), then this idea will be perfect for you. A home bar or pub is one of the quirkiest uses of a garage conversion that we have come across but is ideal if you have plenty of spare space and not too sure how to use it. It has also become an increasingly popular choice for households during the pandemic, who are missing their Friday evenings in their local.
We recently completed a garage conversion in Bedford for a client whose vision was to create a multi-purpose garage. Not only did they want storage space and a home office, but also an entertainment area complete with a pub-inspired bar tucked away in the corner – it was even filled with drinks and snacks! We absolutely love the results of this conversion; you can find the full project with photos over on our case study page!
The Opportunities Are Endless!
When opting for converting your garage, the opportunities truly are endless, and you most definitely will not be short for options. The ideas mentioned above are just some of the many ways that you can transform your space – the key is to tailor the space to you to make sure that you can make the most out of your investment. And even better, if you like a few of the conversion ideas mentioned above, why not combine them for the perfect room for all of the family?