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There is no getting away from the fact that family life is far from straightforward, especially when it comes to our homes. The chances are that when you purchased your current property, you were under the illusion that it would make a perfect home for you and your future family. But now that you have lots of little ones running around, you most probably wish that it was a larger space – almost every parent feels the same.
If your family home lacks space, you could opt to move to a larger property. However, if you love the location of your home and the neighborhood, then you may not be inclined to move house. Instead, you may be trying to take advantage of the space that you have – every single inch of it.
The fact is that one space that few families utilize is the garage when it can be transformed into a usable space that the whole family can make use of. Yes, it might be cold and dark right now, but with a few simple alterations, you can transform your home’s garage into a livable space and somewhere that will give you and your family the extra space that you need.
The question is, of course, what does it take to transform a garage into an extension of your home? For everything that you will need to do to make your garage a livable space, read on.
Pick a use for it
The first thing that you need to do is pick a use for your garage. Think about the space that your family lacks, and then go from there. If it’s a bedroom that you need, it might be better to move another room into the garage and put the extra bedroom in that space instead, but any other room your garage has the potential to fair well as. Whether your children need a playroom or your teenagers need a study space, whether a gym is called for or a relaxation room – whatever space your home needs, your garage can offer you it, it’s just a case of taking the time to transform the space. If you are stuck for inspiration, you will find plenty of ideas online on sites like Pinterest.
One of the main turn-offs of spaces like garages is the fact that they tend to be rather cold and drafty. The good news is that this does not have to be the case, while a garage can be drafty and cold, it does not have to be, good insulation can ensure that your garage is a warm and comfortable space.
There are plenty of ways that a garage can be insulated without having to change the entire space; it’s just a case of getting creative, that’s all. If you are unsure if your garage could be insulated, it is worth contacting an insulation specialist to arrange for them to visit your home and see the space that you are working with. However, nine times out of ten, garages can be well insulated, it’s just a case of thinking outside of the box in some instances, that’s all.
The next step is to revamp your garage. If you and your family are going to want to spend any time in this space, it needs to be somewhere that has a nice look and feel to it. If it does not already have a window in it, then it could be worth considering having one fitted – a skylight could be a good option for allowing natural light into the space.
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If there are any issues with your garage, such as damp, for instance, it is important to have them dealt with as soon as possible. Or, if your garage door is not in the best shape, it could be worth calling in the experts to take a look at your garage door, and making any necessary repairs. Think carefully about what you want your garage to look like and what atmosphere you want it to have, and then design a space that makes your garage somewhere that you and your family want to spend time in.
Have flooring installed
One of the most important things that you need to invest in when it comes to transforming your unloved garage into a space that you and your family love and get plenty of use out of is having flooring installed. Under the flooring, consider having underfloor heating put in place, to help ensure that your garage is kept wonderfully warm at all times of the year.
After all, the last thing that you want is to spend a lot of money and put a lot of time into creating an amazing space, only for it to be too cold for your family to use. That is why investing in underfloor heating – or at least some heating – is vital. If you like the idea of underfloor heating, it’s important to be selective about the flooring type that you choose, as not all flooring is compatible with underfloor heating.
Think about cooling
The fact is that garages can be very cold places in the colder months of the year, but in the summer months, they can turn into ovens, just like our homes can. Bearing that in mind, it could be worth considering whether it might be wise to invest in some form of a cooling system for your garage, to ensure that even in the warmer months, it is still a usable space. No one likes to roast in a room that’s too hot, which is why if you want your garage to get plenty of use, investing in air conditioning for the space, could be a good idea.
The truth is that every family needs plenty of space, which when there is no more room in your home, can be a problem. However, by taking advantage of spaces like your garage, for instance, that get limited use, and renovating them, you can give your family the additional space that is needed, without having to move to somewhere new.