Looking for garage conversion ideas to get your project up and running? Making it look like a natural part of your home, and less like a converted garage, is vital for its success and your home’s future saleability. Before work starts, commission scaled drawings of the finished project, indoors and out, and include details such as power sockets and furniture layout.
Find tons of design advice, inspiration and garage conversion ideas below – and for step-by-step practical information, check out garage conversions: the ultimate guide to costing, planning and designing a garage conversion.
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1. Use the converted space to rework your whole layout
This integral garage was converted into a living space that has totally transformed the layout of the house and opened up a once small kitchen to create a fabulous kitchen diner and living space. '' explains the architect behind the design, Stephen Graver. ''During the design process we managed to incorporate a modest utility room without impacting the overall kitchen design. The inclusion of the garage area into the kitchen living space has made this an incredible transformation.''s value? The owners of this home wanted a larger kitchen-diner so, instead of extending their house, they converted their integral garage, using the new space to enlarge their existing kitchen, and creating a utility, cloakroom and dining space, too. The project cost around £48,500 in total.
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4. Replace garage doors with consistent architecture
Ensure the brickwork, materials and windows replacing the garage doors match well with the existing house. Ask builders to fully tooth and bond the new brickwork into the old.
Often, the top of the garage door is lower in height than the 1 last update 2020/06/03 the other doors and windows on the ground floor. Consider whether you will be able to match the brickwork or external materials if the garage door opening requires reducing in size. In this case, you can choose to go for an architectural contrast, such as below. Often, the top of the garage door is lower in height than the other doors and windows on the ground floor. Consider whether you will be able to match the brickwork or external materials if the garage door opening requires reducing in size. In this case, you can choose to go for an architectural contrast, such as below.
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5. Position the interior door correctly
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6. Think about flooring levels too
Your garage floor is usually going to be lower than the floor level in the rest of your home, so if you want to create a seamless space without a step down into the new room, you''s proportions
Looking for garage conversion ideas to visually change the proportions of the room? The cheapest way to do so is by using paint colours that make it feel bigger and brighter. Keep windows uncluttered, and hang mirrors to reflect light and stretch the space visually. Shop for furniture that matches the room’s proportions; if it’s too big, the room will feel cluttered. Invest in good storage, too. For more tips on buying furniture for smaller spaces, check out our guide.
10. Connect your new room to the garden
The owners of this once dilapidated garage wanted to transform that space into a versatile open-plan living area, filled with natural light and access to their garden. Their first move was adding in plenty of roof lights, then they replaced both of the solid garage doors – one became a large Crittal window, the other a new garage style door but with windows built in to allow for even more light.
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11. Design a utility room and cloakroom into the conversion
Looking for garage conversion ideas to make family life easier? When a garage adjoins a kitchen or hallway, it will be very useful as a utility room. Use it for everything from laundry to extra storage and, if possible, squeeze in a downstairs cloakroom, too. Depending on your needs, you might even be able to devote half of a large garage to utility and leave the other half for a car. Or, you could split the room to create half utility, half playroom, for example. For a utility, underfloor heating will be useful for keeping the room warm and dry, while good ventilation is also a must.
Read more about planning and designing a utility room.
12. Convert a garage into a home office
Want garage design ideas to make a family home more practical? A home office is a good one. Best sited away from the main living space if you have a family who will want the TV on while you try to work, it can also double up as a homework space, so having it near to where you’ll be most of the time can be very useful. It will need plenty of natural daylight to make it welcoming during the day, but invest in good blinds if it is south-facing, and ensure the heating is sufficient.
The artist owner of this 1970s Surrey bungalow (below) bought the dated home with improving in mind. Bliss Interiors undertook the total transformation of the property and, as part of the work, the garage was converted to create a light-filled studio. A door was added in the kitchen of the house to link the new space to the rest of the home. Storage was retained at the front of the new room, which features doors that can be opened to let in both air and light. Generous views and access to the garden were created at the back of the new living space. It cost £75,000.
Looking for more tips on how to design home office? We''t be about finding vital space – you can set it aside for life''t quite enough, then way not convert your garage into a home cinema. Bespoke Home Cinemas transformed this unused detached garage into a cosy cinema room, complete with state of the art speaker built into the walls for a proper cinematic experience.
For more tips on how to add a home cinema, check out our guide.
19. Turn your garage into an entertaining space
A garage, just off the kitchen, or detached from the house, can make for a perfect room for entertainment. We''s? It won''s the perfect party room...
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20. Knock down the garage and start afresh
If an external garage is in a sorry state, the best plan might be to demolish it and start again. Ungar Architects got planning permission to replace a 1960s timber garage in a North London conservation area, greatly enlarging the footprint to include a double garage and a home office with kitchenette. Pile foundations were used to avoid the roots of mature oak trees that surround it and the building was clad in Western red cedar sympathetic to its surroundings. It cost £180,000.