Converting Garage Into Living Space | Garage Conversions

Tips for Converting Your Garage into Living Space

Do you wish you had more space in your house but don’t want to build an addition or pick up and move? Love your neighborhood and the style of your home but feel it’s too small to accommodate your growing family? Many homeowners run into this issue, especially here in the Washington, DC area, where space is limited.

Garage Conversion DC

A Washington, DC home’s garage was transformed to living space

But oftentimes, current space is under-utilized. The garage is one example of this. If you hardly ever use your garage, it can present the perfect opportunity for expanding livable space in your home without having to add onto it—or move out of the neighborhood. Over the years, the Wentworth team has seen it all when it comes to garages—from junk and old sporting gear to toys, hardly-used workout equipment, and more. That’s 220 – 500 square feet of under-used space!

Thoughtful Garage Conversions

Are you thinking about converting your garage into a living room, kitchen, or other living area? The potential is unlimited. Unused garages can be turned into:

  • Living rooms
  • Expanded kitchens
  • Breakfast rooms
  • Home offices
  • And more

You’ll need to talk to a professional design-build team to see what’s possible for your home, but in general, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • One-car garages often work best when expanding a kitchen or creating a breakfast room (sometimes the space may be well suited to be converted to a home office or guest room with a bathroom).
  • Opening the wall from the existing house into the former garage can improve the flow of space for more modern, informal lifestyles.
  • The high ceilings of many garages can allow for easy design enhancement with a vaulted or tray ceiling, large custom build-out, etc.
  • A separate heating and cooling system (on its own thermostat) may be necessary.

The Wentworth team will look at your space and provide space reconfiguration suggestions that complement your home, lifestyle, and budget.

Garage Conversion Design-Build in the DC Metropolitan Area

Garage Reconfiguration DC

New bookshelf conceals garage doors

If you need additional living space for your family and are willing to sacrifice garage parking (or storage), converting your garage is a smart way to add a family room, expand a kitchen, create a guest suite, or add another living space without building an addition.

View pictures of a Washington, DC garage conversion project the Wentworth team completed in the Kalorama neighborhood. We converted the home’s garage to a living room, with a coffered beam ceiling and large freestanding bookcase to conceal the garage doors.

Ready to discuss a remodeling project for your home? Get in touch with our award-winning designers!

“ We just wanted to tell you how delighted we are with the final product. We really could not have imagined how big and beautiful our kitchen would be, but we are very glad that you could! Your firm's work has exceeded our expectations. Victor and Steven and their crew did a phenomenal job. They constructed a beautiful kitchen area and they thought of every detail. They were very thoughtful and courteous, cleaning up every visible speck of dust every day and keeping the remainder of the house very livable. Michael's many talents speak for themselves, and we are thrilled that we got to work with him.. Thank you for creating this wonderful space that our family will enjoy for years to come. ”

T.P., Northwest Washington, DC