Great Detached Garage UsesThe good thing about detached garages is these structures are generally larger than their attached cousins. Instead of just accommodating one or two cars, these can hold up to four or more vehicles, with some room left over. And if your detached garage is full of junk, like old lawn equipment, you can gain more space by getting rid of it. In fact, there are some things you can do with old lawn equipment. For instance, you can sell it, donate it, or part it out.
Although the exterior should go well with the home, the finishes used on the interior of a detached garage can differ depending on how you plan to use the structure. For example, simply as vehicle storage, the finishing may include different materials than a space used for mechanical tinkering, woodwork or craft projects, or a place designed to escape the common noises of the home. But before setting to work, there are legal considerations to explore. —San Francisco GateThe key is to reimagine the space in a completely different perspective. That won’t be easy, because it’s a known fact in the real estate industry, just 1 out of every 10 people can visualize a space in another way than they see it. But, there’s plenty of potential waiting in that bland, utilitarian space. To give you some direction to spark creativity and imagine the possibilities, here are some great detached garage uses to consider:
- Organized storage space. If your attic and basement (or just one) are overflowing with stuff you’ve stuffed in those spaces, you’re not alone. We all accumulate a lot of things that reside in darkness, collecting dust. For those who really need the space, a detached garage is a great location to organize possessions — from seasonal items, to sporting goods.
- Lawn and garden shed. Are you one of those people who love to keep their landscaping pristine? If so, a detached garage is a great place to keep all your tools and what’s even better, is these don’t have to take up a lot of space. So you can still park vehicles inside but have easy access to lawn and garden tools and materials.
- Workshop or hobby room. Ideal for the family handyman or the hobby enthusiast, a detached garage is just perfect to make into a workshop or a hobby room. With a few improvements, like insulation and utilities for electricity and climate control, it’s a place to work on various projects or indulge a hobby.
- Mechanic’s garage. Car enthusiasts will surely enjoy a dedicated space to tinker with this and that, restoring vehicles or making engine and systems repairs when necessary. Like the lawn and garden shed concept, you’ll still be able to park other vehicles.
- Guest suite. Install some insulation and utilities for electricity and climate control, do a little interior remodeling, and before you know it, you have a guest suite ready to use by visiting family and friends. If it complies to landlord-tenant laws, you have a rental property to generate an income stream.