Makeover Time: Transforming Your Garage Into a Fitted Out Rec Room
Homes are getting smaller as cities and towns are getting bigger. If you feel like your house is bursting with furniture, kids, and pets — with no space for relaxation — it might be time for a change.
Converting your garage to a rec room is an easy solution for a crowded house. Think of it more like a comfortable version of the micro-home or tiny house trend — except with a garage conversion, you have the space to sit back, relax, and enjoy your time with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.
Set Up a Project Plan
Walk around your space and take it in. What needs to change? Research indicates that planning is key to a successful project. Garages are full of potential, so the sky’s the limit here: The space could be a future playroom, games room, art studio, family room, or even a studio apartment that you could rent out to help with your mortgage.
Find out if you need planning permissions in your area and how much that might cost. With everything planned out and a set goal in place, it’s time to get started on the actual work. Work with AMBS Solutions to bring your vision to life. This is especially important if your improvements involve major jobs, such as bricklaying and insulation (to name a few).
Decluttering Is Key
Organizing your garage is critical because it provides a blank canvas for your project. Expert organizers swear by the four-box method: Sort your items by what you do and don’t need. Referring back to your project goal can be of great help, too.
For example, if you’re setting up a playroom for your kids, you may want to keep boxes of their old toys and games. However, that rusty old lawnmower can probably find a new home as it doesn’t fit into your project goal. This will save you from the decision fatigue that accompanies any decluttering effort.
Select Finishes and Materials
It’s the little things that make a space stand out. Finishes, coverings, and materials, in particular, can make a great difference in the experience of your room. Wallpaper is a great example as it adds refinement and aesthetic value, and will stand the test of time through its durability and longevity. It’s also super customizable and can be switched up according to your needs. Here are some great wallpaper ideas from Elle Decor - which range from shark wallpaper for a kids' room to lemon patterned wallpaper for a sunlit kitchen!
The best thing about customizing your wallpaper is that since you’re designing it yourself, you don't have to worry about it not being to your liking, or worse, out of stock. If you’re not quite sure if a particular pattern will work in your space, consider peel-and-stick varieties. The adhesive back and mess-free application will mean it sticks on easily and can be repositioned if you need a change.
Get creative with the floor, cabinet, and tiling finishes, too. Pay particular attention to the treatment of your windows, as studies show that sunlight is an essential factor in a new space.
Figure Out Flow and Furniture
Allocate each area in your rec room by the activity you’ll use it for. Roughly draw out a floor plan to indicate how people move through the space and where the furniture will sit. You may even have to make a few structural changes, like switching up the location of a door or adding in a kitchen island. This guide has great DIY ideas for bigger renovations, and is a great way to get the family involved!
You’re now ready for the furniture — bring in that old TV or cupboard you have lying around to furnish the room. This way, you’ll have a usable space and can gradually start buying new things if you need to. This is particularly helpful for those on a budget, as it can space out big expenses.
We hope this guide helps you get started in the rec room of your dreams. Remember, plan everything out right from the start so your vision comes to life successfully. Then, let AMBS Solutions do its magic. See examples of previous work and contact 07966 762289 or 01727 857738 today.
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