It is not an unusual sight to walk past a house with a garage only to see the cars parked on the drive. It is estimated that only around 50% of homeowners with a garage actually use it to park their car. One of the reasons for this is that a lot of modern-day cars such as large saloons and SUVs will no longer fit in a standard domestic garage.
So rather than leaving your garage empty, or as a dumping ground for stuff you don’t use anymore why not make use of it. A garage extension if built on your existing footprint can add up to 15% to the value of your home, as long as it doesn’t reduce the size of your garden. So, we thought we’d look at five things you could do with your garage to increase the usable space in your home.
Extend Your Kitchen
There are many homes where the garage and the kitchen are attached, so why not knock down the wall between the two so that a large kitchen diner can be created. Large kitchen diners are now very much in vogue and will undoubtedly add value to any home. You can use the increased space to add an island or for a large dining table. It will also allow you to increase the flow of light and make your kitchen a larger more welcoming space for relaxation and socializing.
Add Another Bedroom
This will be dependent on the actual layout of your property, however adding an extra bedroom could save you having to move home from an area you like when your family increases in number. It will also give you the option of including an en suite and maybe giving older children a feeling of independence and privacy.
As the pandemic spread and home working became more popular, many companies now require employees to work from home. Now while the dining table may have been ok originally it is certainly not a long-term option. Garages often provide the perfect space when it comes to a home office.
In lots of cases, they are far enough away from the living space to give you the privacy you need for those Zoom meetings. When converting ensure there are plenty of power points and try and get a decent amount of natural light into the room. It may also be worth incorporating a toilet if at all possible.
Physical fitness is high on many people’s agendas, and getting to the gym is not always possible, so why not build a home gym? This could save you money on expensive gym fees and also travel time. Garages tend to be more suited to gym equipment than any other part of the home because of the layout. When kitting out your garage as a gym it is worth considering putting down some non-slip flooring. In most cases, it is probably wise to retain your existing garage door in Manchester or wherever you are based to avoid extra cost also as a means of ventilating the space.
Utility rooms are a great way to clear the clutter from your kitchen by making use of unwanted garage space. Putting your washer and drier in there will give you a dedicated laundry space as well as offer extra storage space.
The options we have listed above are just some of the ways you could make use of your garage to make your living space less cluttered while increasing the value of your home, we hope you found it useful.