The garage is the black sheep of your home. Its concrete floors, lack of insulation and abundance of crates and boxes make it the perfect place to ditch the stuff that’s too useless for the house and just useful enough not to throw out.
Add a car or two to this picture, and it makes sense why it doesn’t receive the love and affection that many other rooms in your home do.
A garage does not have to be a cold, cluttered place, however. With a little time and effort, even a small garage can be converted into a gym, a home office or even a studio.
Converting your garage into a home gym makes a lot of sense: It can be well-ventilated and open, and you can pump “Eye of the Tiger” as loud as you want without seriously disturbing anyone. You’ll get a solid workout without having to drive to the gym or dealing with the equipment lines and people.
You’ll be able to keep a lot of the space for storage, as a gym does not require that much wall space. Make the most of the walls by building shelving or using slatted wall panels or a pegboard.
When considering what you should have in your gym, think about the types of workouts you’ll be doing. You can go small and get a treadmill and some weights, or go as fancy as building a personal climbing wall.
The garage is a natural place for a home office; it’s quiet and solitary, away from the rest of the house. You’ll most likely want to look into space heaters and portable ac units for sale, especially if the garage is poorly insulated, but this is a minor drawback when you consider just how much freedom you have to design, decorate and make the space your own.
Similar to turning the garage into a gym, a home office does not require that much space. Consequently, you don’t have to sacrifice a lot of square footage of storage.
Converting your garage into an art or music studio is a fairly easy project. Turning it into a recording studio, on the other hand, is a major production.
Furthermore, you’ll need to invest in materials such as egg boxes and Rockwool, which improve the room’s acoustics but also take up most if not all of the wall space.
An art studio, on the other hand, is an affordable project that will leave you with plenty of storage. If you’re a sculptor who works with clay, all you need is a place to keep your materials, your wheel and your kiln. If you are a painter, you only need room for your supplies and easel.
The garage is a blank canvas. With a little time, money and imagination, it can be converted into just about anything your heart desires. (1956)