If you’re running out of space in your home, converting your garage seems like the logical choice. You might lose a bit of storage, but you gain a significant amount of livable square footage. Before you make the investment, you need to consider the pros and cons of converted garages. Read on to figure out which option is best for your home.
Pros of Converting a Garage to a Living Space
The biggest benefit to converting a garage into living space is the fact that you have more room to use day-to-day. Your kids can hang out in the living room while you watch sports in the converted garage. Perhaps you need a home office and you just don’t have a place for it in the house. The garage is a viable option for that workspace.
Converting your garage is also much more affordable than adding onto your home. You don’t have to construct anything from scratch. You just have to finish the interior. Converted garages are versatile spaces that could appeal to potential buyers in the future. However, some buyers prefer having a garage over extra living space, as we’ll discuss in the section below.
Your garage could become a potential source of income if you rent it out as a room to someone else. If it allows you to expand your home business, that could also boost income. Converting it may also make use of an otherwise unused area of your home. If you don’t use your garage for anything but vehicle coverage, you might enjoy the extra space more than covered parking.
Cons of Converting Your Garage
Despite the many benefits of converted garages, there are some downsides to keep in mind. For starters, converting your garage may turn away potential buyers in the future. A lot of buyers specifically seek homes with garages because they use their garage for storage or home projects.
Another downside is losing the covered parking. This means bringing groceries into the house when it rains, dealing with temperature changes, and not having protection in the event of a hailstorm. If you have a car port attached to your home, these issues may not be as significant.
Converting the garage takes away vital storage for tools, lawn equipment, machinery, seasonal items, and more. If you have a shed, basement or attic that offsets that, the conversion may not be a big sacrifice. Think carefully about all the ways you use your garage before converting it into a living space.
The Solution – Don’t Make the Conversion Permanent!
What if you could enjoy the benefits of a converted garage without the drawbacks? You can with the right approach. Make conversion decisions that can work for a living space and a garage. For example, you could use epoxy flooring to enhance the concrete for a living space. The epoxy is durable enough to work for a garage, but it’s beautiful enough to work in a living space. Insulated walls covered in drywall will still be fine if you convert the space back to a garage. If you decide to sell your home, you can choose how you want to market the space.
If you’d like a quote for garage epoxy flooring or other garage conversion services, contact N&M Restoration at (586) 350-5824. We proudly serve several communities in Southeast Michigan, including Oakland Count MI, Macomb County MI, and the Metro Detroit area.