We all have one of those rooms in the house that doesn’t overly get used. Sometimes it’s the spare room, sometimes it’s the basement, and more often than not – it’s the garage! At first, you may have every intention of using the space and to make something of it. But before long, life carries on with itself and you’ve just not gotten around to it. Instead, you may find that you then end up using it as a storage space. Boxes and old bits of junk can quickly accumulate in areas like the garage because you just want somewhere for it to go! And you may not actually want to store your car in the garage, but it’s a shame for it to go to waste!
When you’ve managed to complete the renovations you want around the house, and you’re left twiddling your thumbs, then it’s time to move onto the garage. After all, when you’re in the swing of getting a lot of work done, you may be ready to move on to your next project anyway. And really looking to transform the unused garage into a space that can add to your quality of life. Whether you want to create a home office, a movie theatre space, or even a little library, the renovation work will be largely the same. So let’s get started.
Make A Choice
Before you rush into anything at all, you’re going to want to work out exactly what you’re creating here. Do you want to build that home office or would you prefer a library? Maybe you’d love a theatre room for watching movies in? Or even a gym if you love to work out. So before you begin, just think about what you want to go with so you know what work needs to be done.
Find Some Inspiration
When you’ve made the decision of what you’re going for, you’ll want to find a bit of interiors inspiration to help you come up with some ideas. Head to Pinterest for a few ideas, look through design mags, and see what design trends are coming up as you may want to incorporate them too. When you’ve got an idea of what you want to create, it’s time to get to work!
You aren’t going to want to rush into any of the DIY or renovation work just yet, but there is prep that you can be getting on with. First of all, it’s likely that you will have boxes or storage or other bits and pieces laying around in the garage. So the first port of call is to clear it all out. Ideally, you want a blank canvas to help you decide how the space will look. You may even want to rip out old carpets, skirt boards, or anything else that you know won’t stay. That way, you have an empty shell to work with.
Gather Your Quotes
Now, you’ll notice that converting this space into something liveable may take a lot of work. If you don’t have electricity in the space already, or running water, then you will want professionals to come in to help you. It’s also important to look for your quotes for anything from windows and doors to plastering and even extending. If you do plan to do this yourself, then gathering the cost of materials is also a good idea before you begin.
Let The Experts Do Their Thing
And now, you just need to let the experts do their thing. If you are doing some parts yourself, you’ll want to work on them. But if you have electricians or plumbers or builders coming in, then you need to let them get to work and transform your unusable garage into a living space you can work with.
Work On The Decor
When you’ve got a blank canvas that’s plastered and ready to do, the fun can happen. It’s time to decorate. Even if you have painters in, you will still want to choose the furniture you need to bring in, along with any fixtures and fittings, such as bookcases or a projector or even bathroom facilities, that you may need.
Accessorize In Style
Finally, you’re then going to want to think about bringing in those last finishing touches to get the room looking perfect. Because a lick of paint and a few pieces of furniture don’t always leave a space looking its best. Instead, you’ll want to get styling. Add wall art, photo frames to your desk or cushions to the sofas – anything that you feel makes your brand new living space look incredible.