Stylish Garage Conversion Ideas: Enhance Your Space and Home

by | Feb 10, 2024 | Cool Spaces & Ideas, Home Design

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Do you want to add usable living space to your home without building out or up? A garage conversion allows you to do just that! By transforming your 1, 2, or 3 car garage into a brand new space, you can add valuable living areas, make your home more unique, and even boost your property value.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to garage conversion ideas. From adding a secondary owner’s suite, to building the perfect home gym or media room, to creating a private home office, you can add just about any type of space to suit your needs and lifestyle. Keep reading to learn how garage conversions work and discover design ideas that are functional and stunning!

Benefits of Converting Your Garage

Converting your garage into additional living space is a great investment and can make your home more functional, unique, and beautiful. Here are just a few reasons to consider a garage conversion:

  • It’s more affordable than a conventional addition.
  • You can make your home’s exterior more unique and dynamic.
  • It can boost your home’s value.
  • You get to be creative with how you want to use the space.
  • It can make multigenerational living a breeze.
  • Since unfinished garages are not included in a home’s total square footage, converting your garage can boost your home’s legal square footage.

Garage-Conversion Design Ideas

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Any type of home addition will typically add financial and aesthetic value to your home. But for many homeowners, basement remodels and garage conversions are especially rewarding. There are two primary reasons why: 

  1. With both basement renovations and garage conversions, you’re already halfway there; your space already has exterior walls, a foundation, concrete flooring, and a roof, and some even have drywall, electricity, and a window or two.
  2. Since you’re starting off with a big open space, the design choices are practically unlimited; starting with a big empty canvas, you get to decide how you want to use the space and how you want it to look.

Let’s take a look at some single and 2 car garage conversion ideas that are sure to make your home more functional and beautiful.

1. Home Office

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Converted Garage into Home Office by L. Evans Design

Converting your garage into a home office is ideal for many families. If your garage is detached from your home, you can create a home-office space that’s especially private and quiet. If your garage is attached, you can still achieve the same effect by opting for a noise-proof fire door, thicker drywall, and fiberglass insulation.

A home office is a great option if you’re looking for single car garage conversion ideas. But if you have a 2 or 3 car garage, you might even consider adding internal walls and creating more than one private work area. That way, multiple family members can have quiet rooms for work or study.

2. Extra Bedroom

Extra bedroom idea for garage conversion

Converted Garage into Extra Bedroom by L. Evans Design

Adding an extra bedroom is one of the most popular 2 car garage conversion ideas, and for good reason. An extra bedroom can add a ton of versatility and functionality to a home. But it also generally offers a great return on investment. In fact, experts estimate that building an additional bedroom can add as much as 15% to a home’s resale value.

Depending on the size of your garage, you may even be able to add an en-suite bathroom or create a small hallway leading to two new bedrooms.

3. Game Room

game room design for garage conversion

Transforming your garage into a big game room, media room, or family room is a wonderful way to encourage the whole family to gather for games or movie nights. It also provides distinction between your living room and your family-gathering space, and it allows you to keep the former more organized and reserved for formal gatherings with guests.

This is a great option for big families or those with kids and teens. Do your kids love to play “the floor is lava”? Have a teen learning to play the drums? Adult children coming home from college that love to stay up late watching movies? A detached game room can be a lifesaver for big, busy families!

4. Home Gym

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Converted Garage into Home Gym by L. Evans Design

Since your garage is at ground level and has a sturdy concrete floor, it’s an ideal location for heavy gym equipment, physical activity, and weights. This makes it the perfect place to put a home gym.

Depending on the size of your garage, you may even be able to create separate areas for weights, cardio equipment, and an open area for dance, yoga, or stretching. If you have the space, you could even consider adding external walls and including a sauna, steam room, or hot tub space.

5. Workshop/Hobby Studio

hobby room garage conversion

Converted Garage into Hobby Room by L. Evans Design

Why not transform your garage into a workshop or hobby studio? This will encourage you to take time to explore your passions and interests. Here are a few ideas of possible purposes for a garage-conversion hobby room:

  • Craft room
  • Art studio/gallery
  • Children’s playroom
  • Writing room
  • Music room
  • Library
  • Potting room
  • Wine room
  • Meditation room
  • Woodworking room

Whether you’re looking for single or 2 car garage conversion ideas, you’ll certainly be able to find the space for a hobby room. If your garage is on the smaller side, think carefully about how you use the vertical space. At L. Evans Design, we love working with homeowners to find ways to truly maximize every inch of space with smart shelving and storage solutions.

6. In-Law Suite

in law suite idea for garage conversion

Converted Garage into In-Law Suite by L. Evans Design

If you have a larger garage space, you could think about sectioning it off into an in-law suite or accessory dwelling unit (ADU). An ADU is essentially a small living space that includes a bedroom, full bathroom, and a kitchen or kitchenette. They also sometimes include a small seating area and/or dining space.

A garage conversion is a great way to add a separate, private living space for a teenager, young adult, or aging relative. Depending on your family’s needs, you may even want to think about adding a bump-out addition or second story to create a truly separate living space.

Things To Consider With a Garage Conversion

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While a garage conversion addition is typically simpler and more affordable than a conventional addition, there are still some things you should keep in mind in order to avoid potential mistakes and future problems

Here are a few things to keep in mind and investigate as you plan your project and create a schedule and budget:

  • You’ll need to add heating and cooling or extend your home’s current duct system to include your garage space.
  • It’s important to insulate the space thoroughly for temperature regulation, fire safety, and noise control.
  • Depending on the type of space you’re adding to your home, you may need to add plumbing.
  • Make sure you still have adequate parking; in some cases, it may be beneficial to add a separate carport or parking pad elsewhere on your property to replace garage parking.
  • Work with your designer and/or builder to determine whether a construction permit is required to convert your garage; if you live in an HOA, you should also look into your CCNRs to ensure you can get approval for the conversion.

Work With a Designer to Create a Beautiful New Space With a Garage Conversion!

Working with experienced, knowledgeable designers and remodeling contractors is the best way to ensure your new garage conversion addition complements your existing home, achieves your goals for the space, runs smoothly, and remains within your budget.

At L. Evans Design Group, we’re all about careful planning and exquisite results. We take the time to listen and truly understand your wants, needs, and concerns. We’ll work with you to transform your ideas into a comprehensive plan that’s functional, beautiful, and realistic. Then you can sit back and watch your new space come together!

Take a look at our additions portfolio for more garage conversion ideas and call us at (971) 404-1241 or contact us online to set up a project consultation. We can’t wait to work with you!

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