We Converted Our Garage Into a Living Space

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We moved into our house in June 2008 and always dreamed of converting our garage into a living space.
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  • we converted our garage into a living space
We moved into our house in June 2008 and always dreamed of converting our garage into a living space.  We never parked in our 2-car garage.  We always kept our cars in the driveway.  Over the years our garage became packed with junk and unfinished projects.  We accumulated way too much stuff!
  • we converted our garage into a living space
Once we decided to move forward with making the garage into a room we got serious about getting rid of stuff we didn't need.  We donated a lot of things to charity and utilized their free pick up service.  We worked together every week on trash collection day, until the garage was organized.  It felt so good to be rid of the clutter.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
Where do you store the stuff that would normally go in the garage?  We considered purchasing a shed, but don't want a big unit in our backyard.  The lawn mower and pressure washer are covered outside on the deck.  I reorganized our closet in the entry for general storage; leaf blower, carpet cleaner, steam mop, a few paint cans and tools.  Cleaning supplies are now stored under the bathroom and kitchen sink.  We used to keep our shoes in the garage.  Now we're using clear under-bed storage boxes.  Everything has its place rather than being thrown in a corner of the garage.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
 A few people have asked, what if we plan to sell our house in the future.  We don't plan on moving!  We make changes in our house to fit our needs, not the needs of an unforeseeable future homeowner.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
We worked with a contractor to plan our conversion.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
 We did our homework, discussed our goals and planned the design before moving forward with construction.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
It's been so fun watching the transformation! We had amazing contractors that helped us create this beautiful space.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
But, oh my goodness, the mess!  I forgot to mention the dry wall dust.  For the last few weeks, our home became a construction site.  Our daily routines were interrupted as someone was always walking through our kitchen.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
It's truly been a positive experience.  The messy details ensured beautiful results.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
The paint color has been carefully chosen to fit our my style.  I chose a light color to keep the room bright.  Benjamin Moore- Abalone (matched to Glidden Paint)
  • we converted our garage into a living space
My husband let me have my way with every decision, except for the fans.  I wanted pretty light fixtures, but he insisted on ceiling fans for air circulation and to keep the room cool in the summer.  It makes total sense!  We preferred the look without lights.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
I've ALWAYS wanted a window seat.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
 I dreamed of a window seat with a cushion and lots of pretty pillows.  I love having the extra space for storage too.  Oh the possibilities...
  • we converted our garage into a living space
My creative juices have been flowing and I cannot wait to decorate.  We gained 480 square feet of living space.
  • we converted our garage into a living space
I'm really excited to make it cozy.

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Drywall
  • Paint
  • Flooring  (Home Depot)
Brandi

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  • Shawn Jensen Vega Munoz
    Shawn Jensen Vega Munoz Norwalk, CA
    on Nov 12, 2017

    GREAT, wish we could do something like that but in Los Angeles county, forget it, need permits and would need to make another garage or carport. I can only dream. Great job.

    • Abc1759610
      Abc1759610 Boise, ID
      on Nov 14, 2017

      I love my 1100 sq ft garage. If I had to I would give up a bay and convert for a family member. With your project I question the wasted empty space you blocked in on each side of the windows. I would have done some kind of shelving, cupboards or closets. Looks nice though. Delta