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In the Covid-19 world, many of us are still working from home and finding the shared kitchen table workspace doesn’t quite fit the bill when it comes to productive working. Converting your garage to an office space however, could be the answer to your work from home struggles, here is our guide to garage office conversions and some ideas to get your started creating your new home office and weather-proofing your garage for use.
For many of us, our garages have simply become a place to store things rather than the car storage they were designed for. Working from home during the pandemic or having to home school children through repeat school closures has left some longing for a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the home where they can close the door on family life and distractions during working hours. As an unused part of your home and an inexpensive home conversion option, your garage could be the perfect space in which to do this.
The solutions for garage conversion ideas range from the simple to the extravagant. Before getting started converting your garage into office space you should work out what sort of a budget you have to work with. You should also consider future-proofing your garage office conversion to ensure it stands the test of time and doesn’t end up a chilly damp-filled storage room.
In most cases, you will not need to get planning permission to turn your garage into a home office as long as you will not be enlarging the building in any way. Some housing estates however have separate rules attached to their houses that affect changing the purpose of the garage from car storage so it is worth double-checking this before you make any major changes. As long as the changes you make to turn your garage into an office fall within permitted development then you should be fine to get started converting your garage.
If you will be converting your garage for use as a home office one of the first things you will need to do is to make sure it is properly insulated to avoid chilly uncomfortable afternoons working. Many people choose to keep their original garage door when turning their garage into an office so it is important to make sure your garage door is sealed against any draughts, leaves, pests or damp. One of the easiest ways to seal your garage door is to add threshold seals and high-quality garage door seals to the bottom of your garage door to prevent any cold air entering your garage office conversion through any gap that might be there. Secondly, install a garage door multi seal around the edges of your garage door to seal off any gaps that might be letting heat escape from your garage office and protect against any damp that might enter your new home office there too.
When using your garage as a converted home office space one of the most important things you will need to consider is power. Do you have a power source in your garage to power a computer, lighting or any other equipment you may need in your home office? If the answer is no, then you will need to arrange for an electrician to install a power source in your garage office conversion.
If you already have a garage door with windows in, then this may not be an issue. However, if you will be using your garage as a home office then light is something that you will have to consider. A well-lit room will lead to productive work and a happier working time. A poorly lit room however will lead to eye strain and have you feeling worn out before even an hour’s work. Depending on your budget, you may need to consider adding windows to your garage conversion to let in some much-needed natural light as well as providing better circulation and temperature regulation in the room. You may already have one ceiling light installed in your garage but investing in extra lamps will help to add light to your home office and create a more homely feel.
Whilst these are only some considerations when creating your dream garage office conversion, we’re sure you have many more in mind. Whatever you are planning with your garage conversion, make sure it is warm and energy efficient with seals and more from our range at JA Seals. Take a look at our collection of garage doors seals for more or find even more products to keep your home warm with our products