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DIY Garage Conversion Ideas

Posted by Steve Bouchard on Mar 8, 2017 10:37:00 AM


If you want to add more living space to your home, but you don’t want to pay for an addition (or you don’t have the space for one), consider a garage conversion. For many of us, our garage is used mainly as a storage unit for all the stuff we don’t need but can’t seem to get rid of. Why waste all that extra square footage? Create a space you’ve always wanted by converting your garage!


Art Studio

Is there an artist in the family? Move the studio out to the garage to keep the mess out of the house! You could paint ceilings and walls white to brighten the area, and add fluorescent lighting, windows, and skylights for more light. Add large work tables and shelving for working on projects and storing finished pieces and supplies.


Game Room

Like the art studio, you could brighten up your garage with additional lighting and paint for your new game room. Whether you want to create extra space for the kids to play safely or you want a fun hangout area for the adults, this garage conversion idea can be an easy one to undertake. Consider refinishing the floors with epoxy garage floor paint to give it a classy, clean look and feel, and then add rugs for comfort and style.



Maybe you already consider your garage your workshop, but more than likely, it could use a some TLC. The garage can be a great place for you to work peacefully, without bothering the rest of your family with loud noises and big messes. Develop a layout for your space that works well for you, and then start organizing. You may need to buy extra shelving, storage units, or workbenches. Improve air quality and working conditions by adding fans for adequate ventilation. You may also need additional lighting and electrical outlets to improve your space.


Bedroom Apartment

If you have someone in your home who needs some space of his or her own (such as a teenager or recent college grad), consider transforming your garage into an extra bedroom or small apartment. This conversion may require a lot of work. You’ll likely need to add insulation, new flooring, HVAC units, and possibly plumbing and electrical lines. Work with a professional to make sure renovations are properly executed.



This conversion requires very little time or money. You could simply clean and clear out your garage, place mats down on the floor, and set up your workout equipment! If you want to use your home gym year-round, you may need to add heating and/or air conditioning units to regulate temperatures. During the summer when it's hot, turn on fans and work out early in the morning or later in the evening when it's cooler.


Many of these conversions are easy to undertake, so what’re you waiting for? Get out to the garage and transform your cluttered, underutilized, or ho-hum space into something amazing!

A great way to improve the functionality of your garage, no matter what type of conversion you choose, is by replacing your old garage door with a new one. This won't only improve your home's overall appearance, but it can make it more energy efficient and comfortable as well. If you're interested in a garage door replacement, contact WD Door. We serve Des Moines and the surrounding areas, offering garage door repair and installation for any make or model.






Topics: residential garage door installation

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