Your garage is more than a place where you store your car and hide the holiday decor. It is a vast open expanse where you can do everything from enjoying your favorite hobbies to entertain guests. Whether you are on a budget or have oodles to spend, there is no shortage of possibilities for transforming your garage into your favorite room in the home.
Build a Bedroom
However, keep in mind that buying a cheap system might be expensive since these systems require more maintenance, which makes them less reliable.
Work Off the Weight
For the cost of an annual membership to a gym, you can create your own in the garage. A basic gym can be set up by coating the floor in a layer of epoxy and a non-slip coating. Add in a weight bench with weights and barbells and a treadmill, and you are off to a good start. You can add as you go and include everything from an elliptical to punching bags as you desire. Cover the walls in posters and decor that motivate you, and you will never pay for a gym membership ever again.
To the Man Cave!
To transform your garage into a comfortable man cave, you will want to insulate and finish the walls. Crucially, you will want to choose a durable flooring material. Most people choose a high-traffic carpet, tile, or wood as these stand up well to the test of time. You will also want to add custom shelves, lighting, and decorations to match the theme and ambiance you want to create.
Build a Better Workshop
Garages are perfect spaces to transform your love of working with wood into a full-time hobby and potential source of income. This is one of the most effortless transformations as all you have to do to get started is to give the garage a thorough cleaning. Hosting a garage sale is a great way to get rid of clutter and generate cash to get you started. What doesn’t sell can be donated, and then you will be left with a blank canvas to build your custom woodworking shop.
It is a good idea to finish the walls and paint them a bright color. You will also want to add task, accent, and ambient lighting. The combination of painted walls and layered lighting will make it much easier to see what you are doing as you let your creative juices run wild. You will also want to add in custom-built counters, pegboards, and cabinets to help keep your tools organized and give you the space you need to create everything from tables to cabinets. Finally, choose a selection of table saws, band saws, drill presses, etc. designed to craft the finished products you want to build. This may mean you will also need to add in a few electrical sockets, and depending on which tools, you may want to make sure specific machines are on their own circuit breaker.
You should choose a paint color that is vibrant and lively. This will help create a peaceful, creative ambiance. As with a woodworking shop, you will also want to include a combination of task, accent, and ambient lighting. This will help you see what you are doing and help you relax as you spend hours and hours assembling ship models, putting scrapbooks together, or knitting Christmas stockings for everyone in the family.
When you are designing the room, build it around the crafts you want to create. Install custom cabinets, drawers, tables, etc. large enough for your crafting supplies and the projects you want to create. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure you have electrical sockets positioned throughout the room. This will help prevent you from having to run power cords around the room as your hobbies evolve and the need for laminators, sewing machines, etc. changes.
Build Your Own Bar
Transforming your garage into a bar gives you space to include a bar counter, pool table, television for your favorite games, and much more. You can install speakers, custom lighting, and everything from kegerators to your own home brewing station where you can experiment and develop custom brews for friends and family to enjoy.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Home theaters are increasing in popularity. They are perfect whether you are tired of paying for overpriced popcorn and snacks or simply aren’t sure when the theaters are going to open back up. Moreover, as more and more studios realize that direct release to consumers is just as profitable as theater release, you can bet that there will be plenty of new movies you will be able to watch from home. This makes it a good investment for movie fans everywhere.
Creating a home theater is one of the pricier garage remodel ideas. On the low end, you can start with a basic set-up for between $1,000 to $2,000. On the high end, you can easily end up spending between $50,000 to $100,000. At a minimum, you will want to insulate and soundproof the walls, install durable flooring, add some comfortable seating, and of course, choose your screen and speakers.
When it comes to home theater design, the features you can include, and the creativity you can incorporate are limited only by your budget. But, you want to be careful about getting too creative. The more customized the decor in your home theater, the harder it will be to find a buyer down the road who appreciates Star Wars, The Godfather, Ghostbusters, etc. as much as you do. Likewise, you will want to install your speakers, projectors, screens, etc. so that they can be switched out and upgraded as technology evolves. This is crucial because you will want to incorporate everything from motion emulators, scent generators, speakers, lights, etc. as they become available and affordable to the general public.
Get Ready to Relax
First things first, you’ll need to decide what you want to include. Do you want a hot tub? Sauna? Small Pool? If you do, you will need to have the room plumbed for these features. You may also need to upgrade your hot water tank to deliver the hot water these features require. You will also need to upgrade your electrical wiring to provide the juice each requires. Finally, be sure to choose the right insulation for the walls and ceilings. You will want to choose a moisture-resistant material, and then make sure that your drywall, paint, etc. are also able to resist the moisture from splishing, splashing, and steaming.
Finally, make sure to illuminate the space. For the best results, you will want to incorporate a combination of soft light fixtures and natural light. If you can, add skylights as these will create a warm glow within the room. You can also incorporate everything from beach chairs and chaise lounges to yoga or tatami mats to help you stretch out and relax.
Make Room to Make Money
When transforming your garage into a business venture, make sure your home is properly zoned for your intended purpose. This is crucial because the last thing you want is lawyers sending you cease and desist letters. Once you are set, clear out the garage and install the workspaces, shelves, tables, etc. you need do to the job. The more organization you incorporate, the better. Think carefully about how best to facilitate your work and keep everything flowing smoothly from the point of order to the point your products ship out the front door.
The Home Office is Fashionable Again
The process of converting your garage into a home office is almost identical to transforming it into a bedroom. However, you will want to pay particular attention to the inclusion of Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, shelving, and spaces for any necessary office equipment (i.e., printers, copiers, drafting tables, computers, etc.) You will also want to dedicate a breaker or two for the office in order to guard against any electrical disruptions. Finally, choose your paint, accent, and task lights carefully. You want to create a comfortable ambiance that helps you focus and stay relaxed as you get your work done. If you have young children or live on a busy street, it’s good to invest in soundproofing.
Before Getting Started
1. Budget. Always set a budget before breaking ground. As a general rule, you don’t want to spend more than you are comfortable spending or more than you can reasonably recover when you decide to sell your home down the road.
2. Building Codes. Most projects won’t require approval from the building inspector. However, anytime you are making structural alterations, adding wiring/plumbing, etc. you will want to secure the proper permits and have the work performed by a trained professional. Always verify what permits you will need before you start the project and make sure that your plans won’t run afoul of any HOA rules and regulations.
3. Timeline. Some projects can be finished in a few days; others can take a few weeks (or months) to complete. Establishing a timeframe can help you create a schedule that can keep you on track towards your completion date.
4. Long-Term Utility. Is this really the room transformation you want? Always consider how much utility the change will bring to your life. Choose an option that will give you and your family the most enjoyment. Remember, some options can be converted later on as your needs change. For example, home offices can be converted to bedrooms or craft rooms when you retire.
5. Choose Contractors Carefully. Cheap and fast aren’t always best. Choose your contractor based on their abilities and experience with the transformation you want to achieve. Always verify references and make sure they carry sufficient workers’ compensation insurance and other coverages so that you’re not left footing the bill if an accident or property damage occurs.