When buying a house, apart from looking at its obvious and already present features, one must also consider the possible designs and remakes of it. The car park or garage that the previous owner used might sound completely useless to you if you don’t drive, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be so. Depending on the condition of it, how it’s connected to the house and even the distance of it from the main house, you can convert it into many interesting things. Guest houses/rooms, man caves, game areas, kitchens and privet libraries…your options are limitless.
Here are our tips (and things to consider) when converting a garage into a guest room or house.
Take it in, calculate and make a plan
Like with any other remodeling, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into. There are many designers who can do a professional job of your converting; but depending on where you live, this might cause a fair bit. Since it will be converted into a guest room, it need to be comfortable as well as easily accessible. If your garage door motors need to be repaired or replaced, now is the time. Check this out if you are looking for trusted garage door repair professionals.
Make it fit for living
Before the designing and the painting and all the fun parts, there’s one major change to make. Insulating the floors, walls and providing it with a heating and/or cooling system is vital. This is especially vital if the building is completely separated from the main house. Most garages don’t have windows. So, installing an air conditioner and perhaps a window will make your guests’ stay more comfortable and less stifling.
Upgrading the electricity supply
Unless the garage already has an automated door, or is connected to the main house, it’s possible that its electricity supply may not be very reliable or even sufficient. Speak to your electricity provider and correct this. Be warned that this may cost a bit more than your ordinary garage door repair Brisbane; so, make sure to include this to your budget.
Get rid of the garage-like feel
To make it completely charming for your guests, and to banish away those “garage airs”, take measures to swap anything that resembles a garage. The doors and the light fixtures are excellent examples. Bring in plenty of light, both natural and artificial. If you can match the drapes to those of the main house, then the guest room or house won’t feel so “detached”. And as tempting as it may be, don’t fill it up with the old and unused furniture from the main house; trust us, in this setting it’s a bad idea.