If you don't rely on the use of your garage to house your vehicle, the space would make an excellent guest retreat as it offers plenty of space for a couple or small family, and it provides a little privacy for everyone involved. There isn't a need to invest in expensive renovation projects in order to create a safe and comfortable retreat for your visitors. In fact, most of the leg work can be done on your own. You should find that the following four steps are all it takes to get the job done:
Replace The Garage Door
One of the first things to do is replace the garage door with an option that has windows for natural lighting and an inset door so that your guests can access their quarters without going through the main house. It's a good idea to have the garage door tracks, hardware, and installation accessories inspected and treated with weatherproofing during the installation process to ensure proper functioning as time goes on.
When looking at garage doors to decide what you want, look for one with added insulation in its interior and a weather flap along the bottom of it to bridge the small gap that tends to result when the door is fully closed. Your service provider should be able to paint the door to match your home's exterior color so that it looks like an extension of the home as opposed to a garage entry.
Implement Temperature Control
Temperature control is essential to keep guests comfortable throughout the summer and winter months. Chances are that your central HVAC system isn't set up to perform in the garage as the space does not typically need to be temperature controlled. For this reason, it's a good idea to insulate the space's windows and doors by applying caulking or spray foam insulation along the frames of any doors and windows present, including those contained within your new garage door. You can also apply solar insulation film to the windows for UV protection and extra insulation.
Installing a ceiling fan will help keep temperatures comfortable all year long – set the fan to run counterclockwise during summer months to create a cooling breeze that's felt throughout the entire space. During winter months, set the fan to run clockwise to keep cold and warm air from separating and ensure that temperatures don't drop too significantly.
Spice Things Up With Color
Painting the walls and cement floors is a great way to make your garage feel cozy and inviting for yourself and guests alike. Because color tends to have an effect on peoples' emotions, it can be used to create an environment that helps guests relax and unwind. Choose a neutral base color like tan or beige for the walls and a bold color for the floors. You can also use color to trim the walls for optimal depth and texture. Consider one or more of the following options:
- Red is thought to invoke excitement and enthusiasm.
- Blue naturally relieves symptoms of stress and helps keep blood pressure levels low.
- Yellow tends to encourage feelings of joy and happiness, offering minds a bit of peace from their worries.
- Green exhibits elements of nature to calm the nerves and provide some tranquility.
In addition to using paint, color can be added to the space in the form of throw pillows, area rugs, and wall art.
Furnish It Like A Studio
Set the space up like a studio apartment so that your guests can come and go as they please, make food when they're hungry without feeling as though they are infringing on your personal space, and take advantage of complete privacy when preferred. Install floating shelves at waist-height along one wall and turn it into a kitchenette by placing a microwave, coffee pot, and single burner on top. Put a mini fridge under the counters and install a utility sink in the vicinity so dishes can be washed.
Create an entertainment center on another wall and incorporate two hide-a-bed couches into the space to accommodate a small family. It's also wise to put a desk along the wall near the door that leads to the interior of your home so the space can be used as a home office when guests aren't using it.
These tips and tricks will not only keep your guests happy during their visit, but they're also likely to increase your property's overall value which could come in handy if you decide to sell in the future.