Many people have found a new need for a dedicated home office, but face the question of where to put it.
Changing unused garage space into a home office is simple, effective, and more affordable than you might think.
Over at Atlantic Windoor Ltd, they know just how much potential there is in your garage. They’re also experts in finding the right garage door for every budget, home style, and personal aesthetic.
Of course, installing that new garage door is just one step on the path. You’ll need to answer some pretty specific questions before transforming your space into a home office.
Love this home? You’re looking at an Eastman E-12 garage door (R-16 insulated), part of the Townships Collection, 14' x 7', Claystone door and Ice White overlays, with four vertical lite Orion windows
#1 – Is a New Garage Door Necessary?
How long has it been since you updated your garage door? If it’s been a while, chances are good it’s showing its age. Replacing the garage door can up your home’s curb appeal and value, while also making your office space more attractive. We also recommend installing a new garage door if the current one isn’t sufficient to prevent pests, noise, and adverse weather from affecting you.
How do you know? Step into the garage, close the doors and shut the windows. What’s the temperature like? If it’s comfortable, then the door is probably okay. What about the noise level? Do you see signs of pests? If you don’t have a comfortable, quiet, secure place to work, replace that door.
Love this sleek option? This is Standard+ Vog (R-16 insulated), 10' x 7', Black, with Harmony windows on the left.
#2 – How Do You Plan to Use the Space?
What do you want to get out of your office space?
- Is a large desk necessary to spread out and work? Would a smaller desk be a better option?
- Do you need storage for documents? File cabinets can work but think about more compact options, too.
- Will you need some freeform space for yoga, or maybe to meet with clients?
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These decisions will have a significant impact on your overall remodel, so consider them carefully.
You should also figure out if you need any multifunctional space.
You can make your office space double as a home gym, or a craft space. Check out the blog at Love Property for some ideas on adding stairs to create a loft space.
Understand that multifunctional space may affect your decision in terms of the garage door you choose. Check out this piece from Decoist on a garage home office conversion that includes a spot for bike parking.
For garages that will continue to store tools, supplies, and gear, you’ll certainly want to choose a functional garage door, rather than removing the door and walling the room in.
#3 – What’s the Best Use of the Space?
Struggling to envision how your space will come together or how it will be used? Hire a freelance interior designer to help you get a grip on things.
Interior designers understand what’s necessary to transform your space into something that meets your goals while offering both style and functionality.
Most of us struggle to combine goals with style and function, which makes working with a designer a great choice and ensures a simpler process.
However, you’ll still have some considerations to make during the process.
For instance, will you stick with concrete flooring? Is a rug the better option? What about vinyl or laminate flooring? Think about the functionality you need and then find style options that help make it comfortable while using it.
In addition, think about any creature comforts needed to make the space homey . This could include lighting, paint, furniture, art on the walls, and so much more!
Think big here if you want! Go with pendant lights to guide the eye, choose tall bookshelves to frame the room, and hang tall, rectangular art pieces to increase the room’s height.
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#4 – What Path Will You Take?
When you know what you want in terms of look and feel, it’s time to consider some of the practical elements here.
For instance, garages are pretty synonymous with humidity, but Atlantic Windoor has great information to help control humidity in your garage. Insulation is a great start here, and will also help you control the temperature of the space.
Ultimately, a garage conversion takes storage space and transforms it into living space.
What that means is you need to prepare to do whatever’s necessary to make your garage livable. It’s still cheaper than going with a home addition, and you’ll see plenty of financial return, too.
Is It Time to Replace Your Garage Door?
If it’s time to replace that garage door, contact a garage door dealer near you. You’ll get access to the advice, guidance, and expertise you need.
If you prefer, Atlantic Windoor Ltd can send you a quotation by email, as well.
If you want to get hands-on, visit our showroom, and get inspired by our inventory and garage door techs.
Give us a call at 1-888-451-4040 ; we’ll be happy to help in any way necessary.
Head to our virtual Design Centre, explore the styles on offer and see how they would look on your home.
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