You only have one spare bedroom in your home, but, so far, guests were satisfied with the accommodation you gave them. They were able to sleep well and bathe comfortably in the room. Perhaps you’ve decided that you want to add another spare bedroom because you’ll know who might visit you in the coming months.You’ve thought about a lot of options, and one of these is to convert your garage into a brand new spare bedroom. It’s a lot cheaper compared to constructing another room in the house. You’ve seen a lot of people do this and you’re thinking of taking the risk. You’re no longer using the garage so why not, right?
You probably don’t know where and how to start so here are a few points which can help you in the process:
• Plan ahead: Before you devote yourself to looking for inspiration or themes on how your spare bedroom will look, have a concrete plan for the renovation. You should plan on how much you’re willing to spend, and to which extent you’re ready to change your old garage. You can also ask for professional help on this one. You can tell them all of your plans since they can give you advice on whether this is feasible or not. It’s your garage (no one would stop you if you want to paint all the walls in a bold pink or polka dots) and you have all the liberty to decide on things, but you don’t want to devote all of your savings to this project.
• Comply with permits: Some states are strict when it comes to home construction. Even with just a little home improvement project, paperwork is a requirement. So, before you call your best contractor, ask if you should secure any necessary permits first. It’s important to comply accordingly with whatever is required before you start any project. You don’t want to start a project and then have it paused just because you didn’t comply the necessary documents in the first place. This is a waste of time, effort and money⎯and no one wants that.
• Make sure it’s damp-proof: If your garage is waterproof, you can skip this one but if it’s not, make sure you have the professional work this out for you. It’s tempting to do it on your own, but the hazards are too high. The interiors of a garage are far different than a bedroom, so insulation on the walls is also a necessity. Look for contractors who can do both jobs for you. Look for possible discounts or packages which will suit your budget. You want this new bedroom to be as comfortable and as functional as possible. We’ll never know, this room may even turn out to be one of your favorites.
• Look at your plumbing and wiring: When this was still used as a garage, you were only using one light bulb to keep the area lit, but now that it’s going to be used a spare bedroom, nope, a single light bulb is not enough. There will be a lot of plumbing and wiring jobs needed in the room so you might want to contact your local plumber and electrician immediately. Once they visit you, have them look at your bedroom design. Inquire if the plumbing and wiring can work well with the design. If not, ask for their suggestions on the options you may have. Open your mind to the possibility of your design being tweaked, just to ensure that the plumbing and wiring works are not compromised.
• Change your flooring: Your garage probably has cement or brick floors to withstand any car types and possible oil leaks. But since this space will soon be home to some of your friends, change the flooring. Your car and your friends will have different definitions of comfort so carefully look into the latter’s preference. If this will be solely for guests, put yourself in their shoes and think how they feel with a particular type of flooring. If possible, you can copy the flooring of the house’s interior to create a consistent look, but you can also opt for more loud and edgy designs.
• Start decorating and designing: This is the best part in any home renovation projects. Having an idea of how your spare bedroom will look is a great start to know which pieces to purchase or add in the room. There are also a lot of DIY projects available online which you can use here⎯storage, decoration and even lighting ideas (you’re welcome for the tip).
• Natural Light: When you think of a bedroom a window and a door is a must. And since most garages don’t have these, have the professionals install some in your new spare bedroom. You want your guests to bask in the natural light during sunrise while guaranteeing enough ventilation for them. There are a lot of window and door frames on the market today, so pick out the ones that best suit your theme. No one will ever know that this chic bedroom was a garage before!
Converting your garage into a new spare bedroom is a tedious and exciting undertaking all at the same time. You might even have a few bumps along the way, but once you see the outcome of your renovation, you’ll surely know that every stress was worth it. You’ll be amazed by the transformation behind the garage door and your guests will be raving about this room, for sure!