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May 15, 2015

What's the solution when you need more space but moving isn't an option?

Today's Before & After Friday is going to deal with that conundrum.  

One option?  Look to your garage.

I  know what you're thinking - rarely can you camouflage a garage
conversion and make it look like an original part of the house.

But, here's an important factor to consider:  conversions can cost as
little as $3,000 while even the simplest of additions start at $30,000.

What I like about these first 3 examples is that they incorporated
just one of the garage bays and left one 'in tact.'

This garage was made into a separate apartment:


Here's a conversion with a happy ending.
Garage before:
 Garage After:

Other positive aspects of converting garage space into living
space is that construction time is fairly short and the process
isn't very disruptive to the household.
In fairness, there are a couple of drawbacks to giving up the garage - all the stuff you stored in the garage has to be moved somewhere else, your car now has to be parked outside, and, aesthetically, the physical appearance of the house is slightly compromised.  It's a tough decision to make.

Have a great weekend, friends.


  1. It is a good choice to make if you can't or don't want to move.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. These look like British houses to me. I've seen this type of conversion many times, some better than others.