When it comes to garage conversion ideas, the options for your new space are vast. If you are planning on converting your garage, it is a good idea to consider your house as a whole and think how, with a bit of remodelling (if necessary) you can make the most of the additional space your garage can provide.

It may be that your existing kitchen is too small, you need to accommodate a growing family or want space to enjoy your hobbies or to work from home. Whatever the reason, you’ll find some great garage conversion ideas below.

Obviously, garages were built to house cars so tend to be long and narrow, so it’s definitely worth considering knocking down walls between the garage and existing rooms to really feel the benefit of the extra square footage.

You can also rejig the whole ground floor so that a converted garage feels part of the existing house. You can even add stud walls where necessary to help zone specific areas.

Here are some great garage conversion ideas.

Knock Through to Create a Spacious Kitchen-Diner

kitchen-diner in a converted garage

Where garages adjoin the kitchen, knocking out the wall between the two in order to create one larger kitchen-diner is a great idea — and also overcomes the long, narrow issues.

Adding a roof lantern can be a great way to flood the space with natural light, making it feel more spacious. It can also help to zone the new room and prevent it from feeling too cavernous. If going open-plan doesn’t appeal, you can opt for a broken plan design and incorporate sliding or pocket doors or internal glazing.

This will allow you to keep the flow of light throughout the space, with the flexibility to close off spaces when required.

Add a Utility Room

Another good use of garages that sit alongside a kitchen is as a utility room, as they also offer the potential for a back door. You can also add a downstairs WC (very useful if your family is growing).

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Relocate Your Living Space

A popular idea for a garage conversion is to relocate the living room (or create a conhesive kitchen/dining/living room. Open up the space by knocking down internal walls — you could not only improve the flow of your home, but also make a small, dark home feel a lot more spacious.

open plan living space in garage conversion

After securing planning permission, an old, detached garage was converted into this open plan, single-storey home (exterior seen in main image)

Combining the removal of internal walls with the addition of a roof lantern, bifold doors or some fixed glazing will flood the new layout with natural light.

Housing Your Hobby in a Garage Conversion

If you want to make space to enjoy your hobbies from home, then creating a dedicated zone is a great idea for your converted garage.

This could include a:

  • home cinema
  • games room
  • man cave
  • library/reading room
  • craft/hobby workshop

Having a dedicated space for your hobbies means that you can kit out the room as required without impacting on your existing layout (or affecting other family members).

You might also find that the long and narrow shape of the existing garage works well with your chosen hobby and removing existing walls is unnecessary.

Depending on the use, you could even install an entrance door to allow direct access for visitors.

Consider Extending Above During a Conversion

Two storey garage conversion

Extending above garages leaves the footprint of the house the same, while adding valuable extra space (Image: Icon Partnership)

If you are keen to add considerable space to your home, then it is worth considering extending over your garage when you convert it, especially if you need to factor in an additional staircase. This can help to create balance between the ground and first floor space.

Incorporate an en suite and this can make a great self-contained guest bedroom. But if you are looking to add an extra bedroom for a member of the family, you will need to consider the layout of the top floor and how the new bedroom will be accessed from the upper level so it feels connected to the rest of the house.

(MORE: Ultimate Guide to Taking on a Garage Conversion)

Separate Work from Home in a Dedicated Home Office

Another great garage conversion idea is to design a home office. This can make perfect sense as garages are usually located away from the main living areas and allow for a self-contained entrance for work-related visitors.

Having a designated work space means you can set your workstation up as you need, and you don’t have to worry about the room having a dual purpose.

Stay Fit with a Home Gym

Home gym in a garage conversion

Popular garage conversion ideas include home offices and gyms (Image: Eclipse Property Solutions)

Fitness fans may enjoy installing workout equipment in their homes, but it can prove problematic if this equipment has to be located in existing living space. Housing a home gym in a garage conversion is a great way to avoid large items like a treadmill or elliptical machine in your living room.

Having a dedicated space will allow you to kit out the space with hard-wearing, slip-resistant flooring that may not be suited to other areas of your home. You could also consider adding an air conditioning unit or soundproofing measures.

A Playroom for Kids or a Retreat for Teens

Using the space as a playroom and keeping it partially open to an adjacent kitchen makes it possible to supervise younger children while carrying out day-to-day jobs. Make sure you add loads of storage options for toys.

Garage conversions are also the ideal spot for a second living room for older children to relax in — keeping the inevitable noise away from your own relaxing spaces and avoiding squabbles over what to watch on TV.

Add a Bedroom

The attached garage in this bungalow has been converted in a new master bedroom and en-suite to ensure the project made the best use of existing space before adding more

Depending on the existing layout of your property, you may wish to convert your garage into an additional bedroom. You could also break the long and narrow space up with a stud wall and include a WC/bathroom/shower room.

Garage Conversion Ideas for Detached Garages

Create a Separate Annexe

In the case of detached garages you also have the option of converting them into a separate annexe. Be aware that this may be subject to planning permission.

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