A garage is a key feature in many homes and has one major problem, it is mostly underused. Most people use garages to store items and even create a mess in the process. If you have space issues or you have a large family and are struggling to fit everything into the house, then it may be time to consider the garage. The garage can serve multiple functions, the least of which is a storage center. There are a lot of creative ideas that you can implement in your home, turning your garage into something more useful in your home. You simply have to find an idea you love and implement it. Some of the best ideas for our garage include:
An extra bedroom
If you have a home with a large family, then this option will come in handy especially as your children grow older. At some point, your children will begin to seek independence and demand a bit more privacy, and their own space. Rather than have the house crowded with people constantly stepping over each other, you can add one more room in the garage. It comes in handy especially when an older child is looking to be separated from the younger ones. The extra bedroom may need a few changes, especially the door leading outside before it can feel like a bedroom, but once the change is made, hardly anyone will be able to tell the difference.
A multipurpose room
If you are looking for a room to serve more than one purpose, the garage is the ideal location. If you are looking for a game room to entertain friends and keep the mayhem out of the house, then the garage is perfect. Depending on the size of the garage, you can fit in multiple setups. You can create a work area, install a bathroom and still fit in a living room area, creating a sanctuary away from the rest of the house. You will need to consult with a general contractor to find the most creative way to manage the space and partition the multipurpose room.
An extension of the house
If your living room, kitchen, or whichever room closest to the garage ever needs an extension, then you can make it happen. By breaking off the wall separating the garage from the rest of the house, you create one massive room. You can turn it into a dining area or a part of the kitchen and you get more space to move around or store your items. You may need to make several changes before it becomes ready to serve as an extension and in most cases, you will need to remodel the garage. If you are remodeling, you will need to hire a general contractor to make sure the job goes as smoothly as possible, with little or no mistakes.
A laundry space
It is always tricky when you are looking for a space to serve permanently as your laundry area. In most cases, people convert a spare room to the task, but what if you don’t have a spare room. Rather than fitting it all into the bathroom or cramping your laundry somewhere with little space, you can set it up in the garage. The garage is the ideal location, with easy access to the yard so you can spread your clothes when you are done. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about making a mess in the house when doing your laundry, everything will be handled in your laundry room.
A home office
If you are the kind of person who likes to work from home, then you will probably need your own space. While you may have somewhere that can serve this purpose in the house, it won’t afford you the kind of space and privacy that the garage will. Ordinarily, the garage is isolated from the rest of the house and an office would get the same privacy. You won’t have to deal with constant interruptions especially if you have kids in the house. As a bonus, your work will be safe from accidents with children running into items or playing with your work PC.
The garage is simply wasted in most houses, creating the need for a more effective solution. Many design ideas can be implemented in the garage to help you get the best out of it. By implementing these design ideas, you get more use out of your garage than a storage space.