Many of us have a garage that is full of clutter. If you picture it now it is probably a mess of old bicycles and boxes, covered in dust and cobwebs. Turning your garage, whether it is attached to your home or not, into a new habitable space is becoming a cheap and effective way to add value and space to a property. Here are five ways you can turn your home’s unofficial dumping ground into one of your property’s best assets.
Utilise it for Utilities
After you’ve emptied your garage and assessed the space, you may find you have more space for more organised storage and a place for the washing machine and tumble dryer. This is often a sensible and cheap option if your garage is attached to your home, and it reclaims space inside the house for something else. Many who struggle to find space for a dishwasher in the home turn to this as a solution.
Make a Summer House
Whether your garage is attached to your home or offset from it, a conversion into a summer house is a great option to add value to your property. With very little alteration and using the garage door for an ‘outside-in’ feel, you could create a perfect cheap summer get-away for hot days and warm evenings, and retreat from the rain if it comes to spoil your BBQ. Why not splash out and get a hot tub as well?
Add a Bedroom or Living Space
Adding a bedroom to a property is the best way to add value to it. With some building work where necessary, you could add a downstairs living space to your property for elderly relatives, or older children who haven’t quite flown the nest. In a big enough garage, you can even create a small, studio apartment space for rental. Be sure to have correct inspections and surveys done to make sure the space is suitable for full-time living. Having the space checked for hazardous materials is important, and this service is best performed by professionals. Be aware that older garages built pre-1980s may have been constructed with asbestos.
Finally, Get Your Man Cave or Femme Den
It’s your home, you deserve to have a space in it just for you. With all of life’s pressures, it is nice to have somewhere to retreat to and find peace, and perhaps some guiltless self-indulgence. Designing and creating your own man cave or femme den can be the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
Make a Space for Your Craft
A garage can provide a great space for your craft or hobby, such as home-brewing, carpentry or pottery. It even provides space to sell your wares on occasion to the neighbourhood and passers-by, giving you a little extra pocket money.
Don’t let that extra space go to waste - make your garage your home’s best asset instead of the mess you hide behind a door or a glorified shed that is a home for spiders.