How to Convert or Build a Garage for More Living Space and Storage

May 03, 2018

Many of the homes in Northern Virginia were built with a formal living plan that separates each room out with a specific purpose. This can mean small rooms with limited storage. By converting a garage or building a new garage, you can add additional living space to your home to fit all of your storage and entertaining needs!

Check out our new blog below for tips on how to be utilize your newly found space! 

 

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1. Home Office Conversion

One of the most common uses for a garage conversion is to add a home office. This is especially popular with homeowners who have the ability to work from home. One option homeowners will choose is to build a garage with a loft that can house the new office. This plan allows for storage below with air-conditioned space above. 

 

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2. Workout Room/ Kid's Playroom

With many homeowners staying in place instead of moving, finding ways to add additional storage or living space can mean the difference between staying or leaving. One option homeowners choose is a workout room, which frees up space in the basement for the kids or media room. This is also ideal for families with small children that do not want them to have access to the equipment for safety reasons.

A kids playroom is a new trend unseen before because of the usual kids playroom being put in the basement. Homeowners that have the yard space are building detached garages that are multipurpose and can house playrooms. This is a great option for a contained yard where the children can spend their time outside on a nice day or in the playroom while you are grilling or mowing the lawn. 

 

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3. Game Room Conversion

A game room is a great option for families that spend a lot of time together or want to try to spend more time together. By adding a detached garage or converting a part of your garage into a game room, it allows for a multipurpose space that doesn't have to just be used for kids. Incorporating activities for both adults and children alike will mean the space will see a lot of use. 

 

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4. In-Law Suite

One major trend we are seeing, especially as the number of Baby Boomers continue to phase into retirement, is that combined living arrangements are becoming more common. A common option is to add a detached garage that contains a garage bay and an in-law suite. This allows for older family members to age in place, while still being able to be a part of the family. 

 

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