In the past, cars needed garages. They were made to poor quality standards and would rust horribly if left out in the open.
In more recent years, though, that’s ceased being such a problem. Today’s vehicles can cope perfectly well with being left outside for a decade or more.
That fact is causing a lot of people to scratch their heads and think: is there a better way to use garage space?
It turns out there is. Here are some ideas to whet your appetite:
Expensive homes have mudrooms. These spaces are perfect for cleaning up dogs after a long walk in the woods or cleaning your boots after digging around in the garden.
Unfortunately, they are quite rare. Architects prioritize kitchens and bedrooms in most homes.
However, there’s a quick fix: just convert your garage into one. All you need to do is install a sink, counter, storage for shoes, a tile floor, and perhaps a dog bed. Then you have an indoor-outdoor-type room you can use for all your messiest activities.
Studios are another room that mansions seem to have but everyone has to do without. Properties just don’t have spare rooms that owners can use for things like music, painting, or recording.
But these are also incredibly easy to set up. And in this case, you don’t even have to consider plumbing. You just put down a garage carpet and then add accessories. If you’re building a music room, then soundproofing might be necessary. But other than that, there isn’t much to do except a bit of painting and decorating.
According to research, only a small minority of people get the recommended level of physical activity each week. Most simply aren’t moving their bodies enough.
The biggest reason for this is the lack of time. People don’t have enough hours in the day to work, travel, cook, and clean. Something has to give out – and that’s often exercising.
But if the gym is in your home, you have fewer excuses. You can just head down to the garage early in the morning, put in 30 minutes, and then start the rest of your day. You don’t have to interrupt your schedule to travel to a gym, get changed, or shower a second time. You just do your workout and then get ready for work as you normally would.
Home gyms can be a little costly, but they are a massive time-saver. They can also improve your health tremendously and you don’t have to worry about other people seeing you work out.
Building a top-quality home gym is actually considerably easier than you might think. Just a few high-quality pieces of equipment should do the trick. Add padded flooring to the ground to prevent damage from dropping weights and include pieces of equipment that let you target multiple muscle groups.
Having a workshop in your home brings a host of fantastic advantages. All of a sudden, you’re able to take on projects that nobody else would dream of taking on. For instance, you could save money by upcycling old pieces of furniture or you could decorate your entire home yourself. You could fix your car instead of taking it to the mechanic, or you could service bicycles. The choice is yours.
The great thing about transforming your garage into a workshop is that the space is already set up for it. All you really need to do is put down a high-quality vinyl floor and add tool racks to the wall displaying all your tooling. Then install a workbench and keep large standalone pieces of equipment underneath.
Workshop renovations tend to be inexpensive. They don’t require premium fixtures and fittings. Just a functional space will suffice.
Depending on the size and location of your garage, you may be able to convert it into a vacation rental, particularly if it is a standalone unit. This way, you can actually use it to make money over time.
Of course, you’ll need to invest in it first. But once you have a business up and running, it’s a money-making machine. You just charge a competitive local rate, and the punters will come flooding in.
Lastly, you might want to consider remodeling your garage as an entertainment space. It’s the perfect location for summer get-togethers, kids’ sleepovers, and setting up temporary tables. And even if people make a mess, it doesn’t really matter. Cleaning up easy. Plus, the transformation itself doesn’t take much to pull off. Just add a few tea lights and you have a fun, social space.