When the coronavirus lockdown came into force, it’s no surprise that many households started using existing rooms as improvised gyms, yoga studios, and workspaces. We’ve seen the benefits of multi-purpose spaces that provide sanctuary and add value to a home. Single-purpose rooms are a design trend to leave behind post-coronavirus. Garage spaces are often unused or underutilised.
How much of the ‘storage’ in our garage is truly necessary? Many of us could be using these spaces for daily exercise, study, entertainment – or all the above! Garage conversions are generally more affordable than an extension or full-blown renovation. The key is flexibility so the new room suits both your needs and any future purchaser if you plan to sell your home.
Regulations to consider
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) rules that garages are a non-habitable structure – this means they must be professionally modified for use as a bedroom. Approval from your local Council is required before commencing any work.
It’s important to work with design professionals who understand building codes and can speed up the approval of designs. As experienced builders, All City can convert garages from a Class 10a building to a Class1a. A conversion may include the addition of windows, replacement of doors, creation of insulation, waterproofing, wiring, and adjustment of walls. Through versatile design, your garage could have dual purposes with features considered for both day and night-time use.
How to get started
The first step is to decide on the purpose of the new room. Will it be a home office, yoga studio, or perhaps a media room? Is there an adequate amount of space or could you even divide the garage into two rooms? Next, book a consultation with a professional renovator to receive a quote and start planning.
If you would like to discuss your renovation idea with All City, call us on 03 9571 7000 or chat with us online today to book a free consultation with Craig or Steve.