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Garage Converted to a Family Room!

My husband, two daughters and I live in a small house. When our two daughters grew into teenagers we really started to feel a little cramped. We debated for years whether we should sacrifice our attached 1-car garage for more living space.
It took awhile to convince my husband to sacrifice the storage space of the garage for more living space, but he finally caved. Renovations took over a year. We had to build a wall where the garage door once was, add a window, insulate, re-sheet rock and build the floor up so that it is level.
We added the center bump out for architectural detail and to make a space for an electric fireplace. My husband also added the planks to the wall, and we had the mantle custom built. People still ask if we miss having the storage space. We really don't! The extra living space is totally worth it.
If you want to learn more about this project, or some of our other DIY adventures, visit my blog.

To see more: http://thehoneycombhome.com/1-car-garage-turned-family-room/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Such an amazing project! Gorgeous end result :)

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 8, 2014

    This is gorgeous! Welcome to hometalk and looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

  • Karen Christopher-Wellman
    Karen Christopher-Wellman Danville, KY
    on Jul 8, 2014

    This is right up there with one of the most incredible renovations I've ever seen! I bet you haven't regretted a day of it!

  • Kathie Sines
    Kathie Sines Weiser, ID
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Awesome job...very nice

  • Mrs P
    Mrs P
    on Jul 8, 2014

    wow I like the garage / familyroom but can it be converted back if you need to sell your house?

    • L.Briscoe
      L.Briscoe San Diego, CA
      on Jul 8, 2014

      @Mrs P I wouldn't think she'd want to. Heated square footage probably adds more to the home's worth than a garage would, especially if it's a small house.

  • Lulyg10210
    Lulyg10210 New Milford, NJ
    on Jul 8, 2014

    I love it! Wishing you lots of happy memory making moments in this beautiful space!

  • Tina R
    Tina R Eldora, IA
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Christie Tracy
    Christie Tracy
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Wow! Love it!

  • Annie coneglio
    Annie coneglio Northfield, OH
    on Jul 8, 2014

    I love this ... You did an amazing job!!!

  • Angela L.
    Angela L. Hanford, CA
    on Jul 8, 2014

    I'm sure you got all your building permits for this, because in many cities it is against the law to convert your garage into a living area.

    • Ruth A
      Ruth A Sacramento, CA
      on Jul 8, 2014

      @Angela L. True, we almost lost our house because previous owner had not had a permit.

  • Lisa Shaikewitz
    Lisa Shaikewitz Montgomery, TX
    on Jul 8, 2014


  • Harriet Allread
    Harriet Allread Dayton, OH
    on Jul 8, 2014

    This is Lovely!

  • Cathy Franks
    Cathy Franks Taylor, MI
    on Jul 8, 2014

    WOW Awesome

  • Diane Cook Barrie
    Diane Cook Barrie Poulsbo, WA
    on Jul 8, 2014

    This is truly beautiful. Would love to see how you integrated the front of the garage to the rest of your home.

  • Patricia Riffe
    Patricia Riffe Chicago, IL
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Love the white on white as well. You did a great job! I too would be interested to see how you "fixed" the garage door space on the exterior.

  • Elizabeth D'Ettorre
    Elizabeth D'Ettorre Johnsonville, NY
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Love it

  • Darla DeVos'Rodriguez
    Darla DeVos'Rodriguez Redwood City, CA
    on Jul 8, 2014

    This has to be one of the best I have scene so far!!! Wow!!!!

  • Danielle V
    Danielle V Menifee, CA
    on Jul 8, 2014

    Very nice, you both did a wonderful job. However, my husband and myself run our own locksmith company and we've had to re key many foreclosures that have similar room conversions. Many of them had to be made back into garages as there were no permits. Hope you took care of this and I wish you well! Its very pretty.

  • Nina D
    Nina D Grayson, KY
    on Jul 8, 2014

    What a fabulous space you have created!

  • Sharon Jessamine
    Sharon Jessamine Fort Worth, TX
    on Jul 8, 2014

    I hope you got the necessary permits too. If one of your neighbors files a complaint with the building department, the City can take you to court to have it restored to a garage. You can appeal but it will cost you and you may not win. Otherwise, I think you did a beautiful job. I like it a lot.

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