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March 2021

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Convert your garage into usable living space


(NC) With most of us spending more time at home, our lifestyle is forcing us to adapt and renovate. One of the most popular trends are garage conversions, which involve extending your living space by transforming your garage into much more than storage space for your car, bikes and kids’ toys.  

Spring is the perfect time to tackle this DIY project, as it will let you enjoy the warmer weather in your new space, which can then be transitioned into a winter refuge with proper heating and an insulated door. Here are some ideas for what you can do to your garage with just a little creativity: 

Artist studio  

Some of us have responded to increased isolation by creating art to express ourselves. Whether you’ve taken up painting, crocheting or ceramics, you can create a private area that drives your creativity. You can even make a dark room if you’ve gotten into analog photography. Simply set up your supplies and decorate with your own creations or other artwork that inspires you.   

Games room  

When we first transitioned to virtual school and work, we were so focused on creating spaces to accommodate these activities at home. But now it’s time to find a place for fun. A games room can encourage you and the family to spend time together away from screens and enjoy each other’s company. Stack your favourite board games on a recycled shelf, add a card, foosball or ping pong table and let the games begin.  

Sports lounge    

Many of us had a hard time coping when our favourite sports went on pause last year. Celebrate the return of more normal seasons by designing a room to enjoy them. Install your big screen TV, some comfortable couches and a fridge or cubby for snacks and recreate the pub at home. You can even add a wet or dry minibar to enjoy fresh beer or prepare some cocktails.   

Rental suite 

A little extra income never hurts, and many are transforming their garages into rental apartments. You’d need heating and insulation for year-round use, but it’s certainly doable. Check local tenant bylaws to see what the requirements are for your area.  

Start with a solid foundation 

Whatever you want your garage conversion to be, it’s important to lay the groundwork for a comfortable and cozy spot before you get to decorating. This starts with installing subflooring, an essential step that ensures floors are soft, dry and warm. Dricore premium subfloors are a popular choice for best results – they’re designed with Air Gap Technology to help protect against moisture.


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