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Converting a garage is typically cheaper than taking on a full-blown extension, but the downside is you will lose your indoor parking space (obviously).
There is much more to converting a garage to a bedroom than simply adding furniture. While it is considerably cheaper than an extension, renovators should prepare for significant upfront costs.
To that end, there are a few structural changes you will need to attempt first.
Proper insulation, flooring and waterproofing
Garages typically do not have the same insulation as the rest of your home would. When poor weather comes through, the tenant is likely to either freeze or fry depending on the season. Correctly insulating the room is your first step. You should also cover the cold concrete flooring with new carpet or floorboards. Nothing screams “this was a GARAGE” quite like tire treads and oil-stained concrete. Since garage floors are not elevated, you will also have to make sure water cannot enter the room. You may need to elevate the floor or have an expert check it out. Below is a garage that has been converted into an office:
Windows, lighting and power
Adding appropriate lighting will do wonders for the liveability of the room. If there are no windows, you will need to add some. Windows will increase the light and ventilation of the room, which will make it feel much more like a part of the home.
You will also need to arrange for an electrician to install power points for lighting, heating and cooling units if required.
If you are looking at three walls of brick, you may want to consider installing new walls. You may also consider building an insulated wall in front of the existing garage doors to complete the illusion the room is a part of the rest of the home. Just like a quick paint job can instantly lift a room, so too can adding standard plaster.
Once you have the structural elements ready, you can begin on the design. If you have a double garage you are generally going to have a fair amount of space to play with to add a bedroom suite, lounge suite or whatever your family requires. A garage typically does not come with built-in storage space, so allowing for free-standing wardrobes, drawers or shelving is wise. Don’t be afraid to move things around to look for the optimal and most efficient design.
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Whenever adding extensions or additional rooms to your home you will need to contact your local council to obtain the correct permits, so be sure to do this straight away. If done correctly, a garage renovation can be a great benefit to your family. Be sure to get professional help if you are not confident, and do not cut corners to ensure your new bedroom will be a safe and comfortable one.
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Painting the walls a beautiful white, creamy ivory, soft beige or light grey will suit both children and teenagers. If you can’t resist adding a bit of colour, consider a single feature wall which can be changed as the child grows. It is less expensive to repaint one wall, and allows for a little more creativity without costing you a fortune.
Hardwood floors are perfect for children and teenagers alike. It is easy and inexpensive to warm up the room with a lovely rug, which can be purchased in bright, bold colours for kids and then changed to a neutral colour for teenagers.
If you choose carefully, children’s furniture can be used or altered for a teenager. Look for furniture that is sturdy, durable and simple. Bedside tables only require a coat of paint or new handles for an instant update. A cosy mother’s chair will look fresh with new upholstery to create a new reading nook, and lampshades can be switched to more sophisticated colours or shapes.
Replacing the bed however is almost unavoidable. When the time comes, purchase a large, simple frame or even a box spring bed that will remain timeless and can be used by a teenager well into their adult years.
Linen has a shelf-life, so it is the perfect outlet to let your son or daughter have some input into their bedroom without the fear of it being permanent. Colourful bed-spreads and plenty of cushions add character to a room, as does the colour and texture of your curtains which can be picked up fairly cheaply.
Black and white framed photographs which can be changed as the children grow are another fantastic way to decorate the room for the long-term. Frames can also be replaced with posters or framed memorabilia without adding new holes to your wall.
For more information on building a home for a growing family, speak to your local Hotondo Homes builder here.