If you’re thinking about turning your garage into a loft, there are a few things that you need to take into account to ensure the space has been properly adapted into a nice living space. As you know, at Hudson Valley Overhead Doors and Operators we’re all about providing you with the best garage door services. However, we’re also about home improvement and helping you make your house a better place for you and your family.
It’s a common situation to spend months looking for a place to live to finally settle for one that doesn’t necessarily matches our expectations. Common sense dictates that commercial spaces and garages are not eligible places for those who are looking to buy a living space. However, the truth is that these spaces are perfect to remodel and turn them into small yet comfy and functional lofts.
But in order to turn these places into comfortable homes -some of them even very luxurious–, it’s necessary to make the appropriate adjustments. Beyond a good paint job, nice furniture and tasteful decor, there are a few other things you must take into account before converting one of those spaces into a home.
The first thing to do is defining the distribution your new home will have and hire a reliable contractor who can deliver a good work to turn a dark garage or warehouse into a living space full of natural light. For example, the access door can be replaced with a wall made out of security glass.
If the space you bought is rather tall you can convert it into a duplex apartment, which is a great way to optimize space. However, the trick is to limit the upstairs to a single area of the building to maintain the openness of the house.
Avoid big walls and broad columns, try to keep the space as open and clean as possible because given that a garage or small commercial space is not like to be bigger than 60 square meters, separating the different areas of the house with walls will make it look far too small.
The help and guidance of a professional is key, not to mention that you’ll need help from an expert to set up the new power lines and a plumbing system that won’t give you headaches. Additionally, insulation must be implemented to walls doors and roofs. Further, you might need to give a special treatment to your walls and ceilings if you have specific acoustic requirements.
Try to keep the decoration to a minimum so the small space won’t look too busy, and try to come up with a way to distribute your furniture that is both functional and comfortable.