For many homeowners, the garage only serves as a place to store the tools, bicycles, and cars. However, simply relegating the garage to nothing more than a storage area is an inefficient use of space. As long as you rely on a little creativity and some sweat, you will be able to create a multi-purpose garage. If you’re unsure how to approach the process, here are three unique ideas for creating a multi-purpose garage.
Turn Your Garage Into a Man Cave
Not only will a man cave give you the space and freedom to express yourself, but it will also serve as the optimal place to relax during stressful times and just have fun. Fortunately, as long as you have some unoccupied space in the garage, you will have no problem turning it into a man cave. If you don’t have the space for a man cave yet, you can start making space by using organization storage systems. That way, you’ll be able to fit in a couple of couches, custom shelving (for snacks or games), an entertainment system, and a work bench.
If your man cave still seems a bit cold and welcoming despite your efforts to decorate it, you should consider making changes to the paint, lighting, and flooring. A nice coat of paint to the walls will allow you to add your own personal flair to the man cave. More illumination will make it easier to enjoy yourself in your man cave. You may even be able to find lights that match the style and color scheme of the garage. Garage floor coatings or floor tiles could liven your man cave up.
Convert It Into a Home Office
Once you’ve gotten your garage organized and in order, you can start the transformation by bringing in a desk, shelves, and a few filing cabinets. Of course, if you’re the type of person who places major emphasis on environment when it comes to work, this won’t be enough to turn your garage into a true office. Chances are, you will need to contact a professional to help you make changes to the flooring, lighting, and paint to make your garage more like an office. For example, you may replace the concrete flooring of your garage with tiles or hardwood flooring.
Also, to ensure your comfort while you work, consult with a professional about heating and cooling for your new living area. It is possible to configure the wiring in your garage to make it so that the temperature in your new home office matches the temperature of the rest of your home. This is a must for anyone who plans to stay in their garage for lengthy periods. You won’t be able to get any work done if you’re too hot or too cold for comfort.
If you plan on having clients and customers consult with you in your home office, you should give the garage door a fresh coat of paint for a more professional look. You may also want to have windows installed to make your new office more welcoming to clients. Of course, you should have shades on the windows so that you can close them at night. That way, burglars won’t be able to see any of the valuables you have in your home office.
Make It an Entertainment Area
Install a flat screen television, a stereo system, a pool table, and perhaps a bar with barstools in your garage. If you have electronics installed, just ensure that you make your garage both weather-proof and water-proof. For example, you should have insulation installed in the garage to prevent extreme heat, which would not only ruin the electronics but also make you, your family members, and your friends uncomfortable. Also, be sure to plan for necessary wiring early on. Not only is wiring a major eyesore, but it can also pose a hazard.