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.
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
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.
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