Do you need extra living space in your home but can't afford a major remodel? Don't want to upend your life by moving? There might be an answer to your dilemma right in front of you: the garage.
How can you turn your garage into a usable living area?
Windows and Doors
To make your garage feel warm and inviting, start by adding some windows. Some garages may have one window, but more often there are none. Adding natural lighting will reduce energy use in the room and make it more welcoming to use. Another good option for bringing in sunlight is a skylight or two.
The garage door will also likely need changed to match the garage's new purpose. Most overhead doors are drafty and leaky, so you should make sure yours is insulated and forms a tight seal around the edges and along the bottom, But also, take a look at it for its aesthetics. The garage door can be turned into something more fitting a living area by veering away from traditional doors and more toward carriage-style doors, single-panel up-and-over doors or glass panels.
Upgrade the Flooring
Not only does the concrete in most garages look unattractive, but it is also cold. You could instead install a polished concrete floor that looks more homey, then place large area rugs to keep the warmth in. Or use carpet, recycled rubber or vinyl as a flooring alternative that is softer and muffles sound better.
Depending on the climate where you live, you may need to add heating (or cooling) to make the garage useful for daily living. If you live in a fairly temperate zone, it may be sufficient to move in one or two space heaters and fans. If it's a little colder in winter, first consider adding extra insulation to the garage walls and ceiling. Because they aren't generally designed for constant use, garages rarely come with as much insulation as the main home. Add insulation behind the drywall and perhaps build a drop ceiling to help keep heat from escaping above. If these measures are still insufficient, it may be necessary to have ventilation added to link the garage to the main house's heating system.
Whatever purpose you decide to use your remodeled garage for, it will help make your family more comfortable and provide a good way to utilize a little-used part of your home.
For professional garage door services, contact a company such as Quality Doors.