For many HMD clients the garage isn’t just where the car is parked when it’s not in use nor are they thinking Garage Interior Design Makeover Mies van der Rohe Style. It’s where everything—tools, toys, boxes, old computers and the broken refrigerator—goes when there’s no place left to put it. In other words, the garage becomes an all-inclusive dumping ground for life’s defunct and miscellaneous items.
A garage doesn’t need to resemble a prehistoric cave. Especially as more and more people are accommodating boomerang children and aging parents, space is at a premium and attics, basements and garages are being converted from storage areas into comfortable, pleasant living spaces.
With the right aesthetic approach, a 1950s’ single-car garage can be revamped to look like the type of minimalist structure that architect Mies van der Rohe was so fond of. From an extra bedroom or a home office to a workout or play room, there are a variety of ways to redesign a garage.
The Five Essentials
There are five basic things to consider when converting a garage: flooring, windows, plumbing, lighting and garage opening. What you want to turn the garage into will determine how you address these concerns.
For example, if the garage is being made into a workout room or home office, then it doesn’t need additional plumbing, as the house is right next door. However, to have a comfortable living space for a relative, or to turn the garage into a one-bedroom rental, plumbing is essential.
The same holds true for flooring and lighting. If you’re creating a workout room, wouldn’t it be better to spend the extra money on workout equipment instead of high-quality flooring?
The first step in the garage makeover: What, exactly, are you turning the garage into?
Garage Interior Design Makeover Mies van der Rohe Style
Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, considered his buildings to be “skin and bones”-style architecture. When a garage is converted into a living space, it will have this style, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a little flair, too.
After the flooring, lighting and windows are taken care of, things like heating and air conditioning will need to be addressed. Cut off from the home’s main heat source, garages can get cold. Installing a wood stove will remedy that problem. Chances are the home’s central A/C unit isn’t going to have any effect on the garage either, so if a family member is living there or you’re renting the space as an apartment, equipping the garage with a portable air conditioner is necessary.
And now for the flair. Custom cabinetry, built-in shelving and stained wood floors will warm up the garage space and give it a domestic feel. After building up the garage floor (it’s typically lower than the floor of the house), some homeowners put down carpet.
Perhaps the biggest question about garage conversion is what to do with the opening. One idea is to seal the entire garage and replace the cheap vinyl doors with carriage-style doors. Another idea is to incorporate a translucent glass door, which in warm weather can be used to create a more open concept.
Photos (above) by of Yuichi via Flickr
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