Repurpose A Garage

Practical Ways To Repurpose A Garage For Leisure And Entertainment

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For many men, a garage is not just a place where a car is stored. The garage is both a workshop and a spot where you can relax and think about your own. For this reason, garage transformation into the recreation room is quite a familiar phenomenon. This idea is good, especially if the area of the garage is big enough.

Today we will share ideas on how to re-equip the garage for the recreation and entertainment area.

What can be done in the garage?

Relaxation zone

The relaxation zone is not only a bedroom, it’s a place where you will be comfortable alone with yourself, forgetting about everyday affairs. It can be a massage or SPA area. As a rule, this is a concise space for which you don’t need much space. The bathroom space is the best fit, but you can make a separate massage area. By creating a SPA area at home, you don’t have to visit nearest spa center, everything you need is at hand.

Office space

The garage is rich in opportunities in terms of free space, and it would be unwise not to take advantage of them. If you put a table, you can make a small office or workshop here. The main thing is to properly organize the storage space.

Place for children’s games

Instead of a garage, you can easily make a place to engage the family in creative and physical interaction. Here you can read in hanging hammocks, exercise on uneven bars and climb on climbing ropes. You can also put a spotlight to arrange family movie time here.

Living room

Making the entire garage or part of it a living space is not an easy task. The matter is greatly simplified if you plan and decorate the room even at the stage of building the garage itself. But unfortunately, this rarely happens. One way or another, it is very important to attend to giving the garage the basic characteristics of a living space. This refers to communications and systems that will provide comfort to the people inside. To do this, you should pay attention to ventilation, insulation, heating and safety.

Gym

Keeping up with your regular training regimen without leaving your own home may seem like a privilege, but everything is not as difficult as it seems at first glance.

Today, the garage workout zone has set a new standard, transforming the old space into a great sports club. For a gym's interior, resilient wall-to-wall carpeting and rubber flooring are just perfect, and one or two ceiling fans are required for effective air circulation. You may safely move on to creating the gym of your dreams after taking care of practicality.

Principles of converting a garage into a living space

Before you make a living space out of a garage, you need to create comfortable conditions for staying in it. Walls and roofs should be well insulated. If you have minimal skills to carry out such work, this will not be difficult. It is important to correctly calculate the amount of insulation, and also not to neglect the vapor barrier.

Also, the car owner will need to bring water supply, organize sewer and heating systems. If there is a public network near the building, there should be no problems with connecting to the sewer. Otherwise, you will need to dig a septic tank near the garage and periodically clean it, otherwise an unpleasant odor will appear that penetrates into the dwelling.

If the location of the building doesn’t allow connecting it to the main networks, you can organize water supply and heating by digging a well and installing a small boiler. 

Connecting the Internet and electricity in the garage should not be difficult. Ventilation can be provided by organizing 2 channels in the roof.

Having decided to make a living room out of the garage, you need to take care of creating an internal microclimate that is comfortable for living. The air must be dry and at the right temperature. The room must be well ventilated.

Wrap up

You can make anything from a car house: a dance and yoga studio, an art workshop to escape from stress, a cinema, an office, or a children's lounge. And what would you do if you had the opportunity to change the design of the garage? Share in the comments.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is an electrical engineer turned marketer. He is the founder of Indexsy, Far & Away, Laurel & Wolf, a couple FBA businesses , and about 40 affiliate sites. He is a proud native of Vancouver, BC, who has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes, Oberlo and GoDaddy.