Just a third of homeowners use their garage for storing a vehicle, with it often becoming a dumping ground for clutter. However, a garage conversion could increase the value of your home, as well as creating additional living space without reducing the size of your garden.
Spending more time at home during the recent lockdowns has led to many people reassessing their living space, and according to the Mortgage Advice Bureau 41% of homeowners have been prompted to renovate or extend their properties, with almost a quarter (23%) of those considering garage conversions.
So, how could your underused garage improve your home?
- Kitchen extension
It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and it is often the most used room in the house. Attached garages provide the ideal space for extending your kitchen to create more space. Would you like to create a utility room or do you dream of an open plan kitchen diner? The latter can add tens of thousands of pounds to the value of your home, depending on which region you live in.
- Home office
In April 2020, according to ONS statistics, 46.6% of people in employment worked from home, largely due to the lockdown, and many found themselves commandeering the kitchen table or taking over the conservatory. Attitudes towards working from home have changed substantially as a result of the pandemic and while it doesn’t suit everyone, it has led to many employers moving towards flexible working. A garage, whether attached or detached, offers the ideal space for creating a professional work environment and providing separation between your work and home life.
- Playroom for kids
When schools closed their doors during the pandemic and the usual social and sports activities ceased, many families found themselves clamouring for space and getting under each other’s feet. Converting your garage into a playroom, gives children much-needed space of their own to play in and relax, while also keeping toys out of the main living spaces. And this is one room that you can really have some fun with when it comes to furniture and interior design.
- Extra bedroom
Converting an attached garage to create an additional bedroom not only extends your living space, it could also add extra value to your home. If your garage is detached you could turn it into a separate guest suite complete with ensuite for when friends and family stay over.
- Home gym
A recent study by The New Consumer found that 76% of people in the UK have tried working out at home during the pandemic, with 66% preferring it. There has also been an increase in online fitness classes and resources making it much easier to exercise without leaving your home. So why not turn your garage into a home gym creating a workout space tailored to your needs and saving yourself that monthly gym fee?
Once you have decided what to do with your garage check out our ultimate guide to garage conversions for tips on how to get started.
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