If you don’t use your garage to store your car or tools and it’s gradually turned into a junk room, then you might want to convert it into a playroom. By turning your garage into a playroom you can keep all your kids toys out of the lounge and have a great space for the kids to play. When you are thinking of converting your garage in to a play room it is always best to get in touch with a few local builders so they can give you an estimate on the garage conversion cost.
Most garages have concrete floors, this may be perfect for cars. But it’s no good when using the room as a playroom. There are a few different options for the floor of your new room, depending on your budget. The best long lasting solution would be to lay tiles, laminate flooring, or get the room carpeted. You can throw down some funky rugs or play mats then you’ll be able to continue using the space easily even when the kids have grown up.
Or how about taking the cheapest option of using the soft interlocking floor tiles. These tiles are easy to come by and fit together like a jigsaw. With a bit of effort the edge pieces can be cut to size to create a soft play area which is perfect for kids of all ages.
As a garage is primarily a storage space in your home, there probably aren’t that many windows. A playroom should be bright and airy. This will make it more inviting and much more pleasant to play in. When installing new windows be sure to choose double or triple glazed units which are energy efficient and will keep your home as warm as possible. Make sure you apply for planning permission if required to make sure the conversion is all above board.
If you have a roller or up and over garage door, then you will probably want to remove this. The easiest thing to do is brick part of the way up and fit a window. This allows more light in and creates a much more useable space. If you don’t want to change the external appearance of the house, then you could also create an internal wall behind the garage door. This will provide a small amount of space which can be used for storage, but this will reduce the amount of light in the room.
A television is a welcome addition to any playroom. Even if you have very young kids, they will still find the TV entertaining, plus as they get older then can use the space to hang out playing video games or watching movies. When planning the room decide on a location for the TV. If possible fix a flat screen television to the wall of the playroom. This will reduce the risk of the TV getting knocked over or damaged. By securely fixing the TV to the wall you will also make the playroom that bit safer.
When designing the perfect playroom, many people forget to include storage. You need to have lots and lots of storage available so that all of the toys and art supplies can be tidied away. This will make it easier to play and could also make it possible to use the room for another purpose.
Have you converted any rooms in your house? Would you consider converting your garage?