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If space is tight and your older children
want to have friends around, creating
a games room will give them a great
space for socialising at night without
you worrying where they have gone.
Rather than hang around in the
park, teenagers could get away from
the family by playing pool or table
football. If you are confident in the
garage's security, then connect a TV
and some gaming consoles.
You may find it's not only your
children who decide it's too good a
space to miss out on! Spouses may
want to install a jukebox or pinball
machine to relive their own youths...
Converting your garage into an office
might be the answer if moving to a
larger home is too costly.
It's still quite a big job: you'll need
to get it insulated, waterproofed, lined,
plastered and painted, maybe change
the door, install heating and lighting
and lay flooring. However, you'll focus
much better on work if you are sitting
at a dedicated desk instead of at the
kitchen table or on your sofa.
Check with your local authority that
you don't need planning permission or
building regulation approval before
carrying out any work.
AS A MUSIC ROOM
Is the shed taking up precious space
that you'd rather use for a flowerbed
or summerhouse? Then why not use
your garage as your shed?
You'll find it a lot easier to access
unwieldy equipment, such as a lawn
mower or wheelbarrow. You can also
use the space for storing everything
from garden furniture to bulky bags of
manure and fertiliser.
Build a workbench or install an old
table and you'll be able to pot seedlings
and plant up containers even when it's
pouring with rain outside.
Hobbies such as woodwork or
furniture upholstery require more
space than most homes can provide,
while others such as jewellery-making
may require soldering equipment that
you might not want around the house,
particularly if you have small children.
Turn the garage into a workshop
and you'll save on the cost of renting a
storage unit. Make sure you have
adequate ventilation and, if you're
storing valuable items, secure locks
on the windows and doors.
It's worth bearing in mind that if
you're converting the garage to use as
a workshop for business or commercial
use, you'll need to apply to your local
authority for planning permission.
a pub. Not a
but a room
can go and
a drink and
play a few
If you're already pushed for space, a
young family will make even more
demands on it, as a tidal wave of toys
spreads from room to room. And if you
have just one living area, the need to
tidy up before you can watch TV may
drive you to look for a better way.
One solution would be to turn
your garage into a playroom. This
would involve making the room safe
for children and having some way to
monitor them, but they'll love the
freedom to make a mess.
As your children get older, the room
could evolve into a multipurpose
space: at times a break-out area for
teenagers and, when required, an
extra bedroom for guests.
If your children play musical
instruments, another option would
be to create a music room. Be sure to
investigate soundproofing, though, to
help keep the noise levels down.
Online shopping sites such as eBay
are bulging with ads for unwanted
exercise bikes and rowing machines
- possibly because they were
IF YOU'RE CONVERTING THE GARAGE TO USE
AS A WORKSHOP FOR BUSINESS USE, YOU'LL
NEED TO APPLY FOR PLANNING PERMISSION
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WORDS: SALLY ANDERSON, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES, SHUTTERSTOCK
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