Many American homes today come with huge double or even triple garages. That's great if you have a lot of vehicles or a boat to store, but what if you don't need all that garage space? You could use it to store junk you should probably get rid of anyway, or you could convert it to one of these three amazing living spaces.
Biker Man Cave
If you're an avid biker, it's nice to have more than just a nook to stow your wheels. With an extra garage space, you can create a place for your bike in the front and a lounging area in the back for entertaining your buddies.
First, cover the floor with something forgiving, yet cool and industrial looking. Interlocking rubber flooring mats are perfect for this, like the surfaces used on boats or in restaurant kitchens.
Make the front of the garage space your bike heaven, with space to park your machine and hooks to hang leathers, helmets, and other gear. If you like to tinker with mechanics, this is a perfect place to put your tool chests and hardware.
In the back of your cave, build a seating area when you can hang out after a ride. Some ideas to make the area comfy and inviting include
- modular sofas
- flat screen TV
- billiard table
- poker table
- mini fridge
- wet bar
- microwave or pizza oven
If your garage isn't on your home's central HVAC system, you can beef it up with portable heaters, a wood stove, a window air conditioner, or ceiling fans. Put it all behind a modern glass and metal garage door, and you'll be the envy of your riding club.
If you're a wine enthusiast, your collection may be overtaking your kitchen or dining room. A garage, with its cooler temperatures, is the perfect place to store your wine. Why not take it a step further and make it into a wine cellar where you can enjoy tastings with friends?
The right garage door will set the stage for your ideal tasting room. A high-quality paneled door in a rich, heavy wood will make you feel like you're in a 500 year-old cellar in Montepulciano.
Flooring doesn't need to be expensive. You can use modular carpet tiles, bargain "Oriental" rugs, or even finished carpet remnants to warm up the space. Like with the man cave above, you want to make sure your tasting room is adequately heated in the winter. A plug in electric or gas fireplace is the perfect solution.
Now all you need are racks for wine storage, some comfy chairs with a few tables, or a tasting bar with stools. A fridge for sparkling wines and cheeses is a nice touch, and you can finish it off with posters from great wine travel destinations, like Burgundy, Tuscany, Mendoza, and Napa.
Having a place where your dogs can play in bad weather or when you have company at night will get rid of a lot of headaches for you. Create a dog den in your garage, and you'll never have to worry about it again.
Place bedding and crates along the wall, and leave the center area open for play. You can add dog toys, food and water bowls, and cabinets to stow gear to get that stuff out of the house for good.
Keep the floor bare cement for easy cleaning. You can hose it down periodically. To get rid of urine odors, use a pet-formulated enzyme cleaner or for small spots, a solution of water and vinegar. Never use bleach, as this will just intensify the odor.
Your only limit to creating great living spaces in your garage is your imagination. You may be so thrilled with your new space that you give your car the boot to the outdoors and use all your garage space for fun activities. If the garage door is giving you any trouble, visit a company like Bicknell Garage Door.