As we are now entering the winter season, you might not be considering the possibility of working on your home. Most people enjoy parking their cars in the garage all winter in an effort to keep them as warm as possible.
However, if you can brave the morning cold, and get up a few minutes earlier to warm up your car before you head to work, winter is actually a great time to work on a few home improvements projects in the interior of your home.
While it’s cold, rainy, or snowy outside, you can be nice and warm inside, working to improve the overall appearance and efficiency of your home. One project that many people take on in the winter months is the refurbishing or conversion of their garage into playroom for kids or gathering space for guests.
If you’re not particularly utilizing your garage for car storage, converting it to a playroom makes loads of sense! While converting your garage can be a time consuming and physically demanding endeavor, it will give you ample opportunities to let your creativity shine and, ultimately, design a room that your kids will enjoy.
When beginning your garage conversion project, your first major task will be emptying out the clutter that currently sits in your garage. Once you clean everything out, you’ll have to sort items you want to keep, items you want to donate, and items that will go into the trash.
Another great idea is to hold a garage sale to sell some of your older toys, books, clothes, and whatever else you don’t want or need anymore. Don’t be shy when it comes to donating, selling, or simply trashing items that you have had lying around in your garage for some time. Odds are, if you haven’t touched it in the last year or two, you probably don’t really need it.
After you completely empty your garage, you should take the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning of the floors, cabinets, shelves, walls, and ceiling. This includes sweeping out any cobwebs, dust, and bugs that have accumulated in the nooks and crannies of your garage.
Planning Your Space
Once you’re able to see your entire garage space in front of your eyes, you should start planning for how you want to use your space going forward. Many recommend that you put up a false wall over your garage door. This will keep the room a bit more insulated while also protecting the integrity of your actual garage door from the myriad of activities that will eventually be taking place in your garage.
From here, you can take steps to further insulate your garage space. This will help the space stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. When you search, you will find that there are many options for easy-to-install foam or fiberglass insulation that are relatively cost effective.
Once you’ve insulated the entire garage you can put up your drywall and start painting the room to your fancy. If you’re garage space is primarily going to be for your kids, you might think about using chalkboard paint on at least one wall, as this will give the kids a designated place to scribble without endangering the paint job in your entire garage.
At this point, the rest is pretty much up to you, and you shouldn’t be shy in enlisting your kids’ help in decorating. After all, if the room is for them, giving them some input will help you motivate them to help you with the finishing touches of your garage.