How to Convert Your Garage Into a Living Space 

Do you have a garage that isn’t being used to store a car? There’s plenty you can do with the space, aside from using it as storage. Many unused garages become wasted space or a place that becomes filled with things you’ll never use again a.k.a. garbage. Instead of thinking of your garage as a useless area of your home, why not consider turning it into a living space? From an extra bedroom to an art studio to a living room, converted garages are a great way to give your home extra, useful space. When done right, converted garages are stylish, comfortable and add value to your home. Here’s how to convert your garage into a room you love.

1. Doors

The first thing you need to consider when converting your garage into a living space is changing the garage door. Is your garage door easily replaceable? If you’re turning your garage into a living space, replacing the overhead door with patio doors ensures it becomes a stylish and functional area. If your new space doesn’t allow for an entrance where your overhead door used to be, make sure you can blend the new wall into your current home exterior, making sure it doesn’t look like it used to be a garage. 

2. Consider Heating and Cooling 

For your garage to function as a living space, it needs to have a proper heating and cooling system. Find out if your current H-VAC system will support another room, and if it will, you can expand the ventilation to cover the garage. This will keep the cost of the project down and allow you to use your money elsewhere. If it won’t support another room, you’ll have to update the system or purchase an individual system to provide a heating solution in the garage. 

3. Make Sure You Have Another Place for Vehicles and Storage 

If you’re turning your garage into a living space, keep in mind that you must have another place to park vehicles, especially if you plan to sell your home in the future. As long as you have adequate parking elsewhere, you’re good to go. Don’t forget another place for storage as well. If you’re currently storing your lawn mower, tools, or canned food in your garage, make sure you have another space where you can store these things. 

4. Do You Need a Permit?

You also need to look into obtaining a permit for converting your garage into a living space. This will vary by location, but since you’re changing how the space will be used, you’ll likely need building permits. Permits ensure your plans meet building codes, which may dictate the number of windows in a space, the number of exits and entrances, the height of the ceiling, and other factors. This could mean you need to work with an architect to put together a floor plan.

5. Time to Decorate 

Once you’ve decided what type of room you’re converting your garage into, have obtained your permits and created your floor plan, it’s time for the fun part- decorating your space! You can change your garage into everything from a playroom to a studio apartment to an office or family room. Choose your flooring, lay down an area rug, pick your furniture and decorate away!

If you’re considering converting your garage into a living space, follow these steps and use these tips to create another awesome room in your home. 


Transform a Garage into a Mini-Paradise with Gentek Products!

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The garage has never been known as the most glamorous part of the home, or even a proper part of the home in general. If you don’t use your garage to park your car, it’s most likely used as storage for everything from golf clubs and bikes, to paint and holiday decorations. But what if we told you your garage could be more than that? That it could be transformed into a mini-paradise, and be an extension of your home rather than totally separate entity?

Intrigued?

Using products like stylish siding, decorative windows and doors, and insulation, you can create a cozy oasis that suits the needs of your household. Whether you want an extra reading room to escape the hustle and bustle of your home, a kids’ playroom where they can play and get their homework done, or a family room where you can all relax and hang out, your garage just may become your new favourite space.

Check out how to transform your garage into a mini-paradise using some of Gentek’s most loved products!

Siding

You can use siding inside and outside your garage to create the look you want. Gentek carries an array of siding options, whether you want the look of natural wood, modern beauty, or specialty siding, customized to your personal style. With so many colours, shapes and textures, you can take your garage from bland to gorgeous with some new siding!

Windows

Windows can completely transform a space, especially a garage, which probably didn’t have windows to being with. All Gentek’s windows are classically styled and built to last, and will give your garage an airy ambiance. You can choose from vinyl windows and aluminum windows, with plenty of options within each. With endless possibilities for window design, you’ll get looks, durability and low-maintenance in a single package. What more could you ask for?

Doors

If you really want to make a statement with your garage, a new door is a must! Choose doors that are inviting and stylish, so the entryway to your newfound oasis suits what’s inside. Gentek offers doors of all styles, each one beautifully crafted and durable. You can customize it to your needs, whether you want big glass doors that bring the outdoors in, or a more private entryway for your new cozy pad.

Insulation

The thing about garages is most of them don’t come insulated, so if you want to turn yours into a mini paradise, proper insulation is key. At Gentek, pretty much all sidings can be paired with one or more insulation products so you can rest assured your garage will always have a comfortable temperature.

If you’re thinking of transforming your garage into a mini-paradise, these are the key products you need to get started! The rest will mainly be furniture and décor to create the space you’ve always dreamed of in the comfort of your garage!