So you’ve decided to extend your living space, but at the same time, you’d like to avoid big costs and construction works. How about that old garage that’s been spontaneously turned into a storage for useless stuff you are never going to use anyway?

You can renovate that space and turn it into a lovely little bedroom. The Northeast Kitchen & Flooring team commented on this idea and they were more than happy to give us their thoughts and opinions on how to transform your garage into a spare bedroom without breaking the bank.

The Floor

Transforming a garage into a regular room is likely to cost much less than building a new room from the ground up, there can be no argument about the math there.

When you start refurbishing, the first thing you pay attention to is the floor. You’ll notice, at least in most cases, that it’s made of concrete, which is already a nice foundation for whatever material you choose to put on top to make it nice and cozy.

You can choose a carpet or a wooden floor. These two are inexpensive and both very pleasing to the eye. You’d instantly gain a warm and comfy feel to the whole room.

You can also use vinyl tiles which are probably the cheapest option but would still get the work done.

You can even be more artistic and just stain the existing concrete floor, and then put some rugs and carpets around to give it a bedroomy atmosphere.

What to do with the walls?

Since walls are already there obviously, you’d probably need to build windows, because the garage probably didn’t have any. Either way, in order to have a proper bedroom, you need good insulation.

Blown-in insulation is a good and affordable option, or if your wall is of older date, you can build an additional wall about 3-inches away from the old one, thus leaving enough room to add proper insulation.

Drywall is also a great solution for your ceiling and walls, it’s a cheap yet effective solution, but in order for the whole system to function well, you’d also need windows and doors that provide energy efficiency and good insulation.

The interior

You’d probably want to add air conditioning to your new bedroom. The easiest and cheapest way to do that is to use the ductwork you already have in your house, just expand it.

You don’t have to aesthetically match your new bedroom with the rest of the house at all, it has its own charm if you decide to leave it in a more rustic state with minimalistic style and furniture.

Don’t forget to add vent openings in order to decrease the energy spent on heating and ventilation. Most likely, you will also need to find good garage door installation companies to replace your old, worn-out garage door.

It’s pretty easy to turn the ‘’new space’’ into a guest room for occasional visitors. If you’re industrious, you can even put it for rent on sites like Airbnb and such. It would be good to use more bright and vibrant paint job with a lot of natural light pouring in because bedrooms are all about warmth, coziness, and space.

Property value and additional notes

It is estimated that you can return a great deal of your investment after a year or so if you manage to adapt the garage into a bedroom properly.

When it comes to your available budget, you shouldn’t spend more than 5 percent of your current property value in order to have a good return. If you plan to use it as a guest room or rent it, it is important to have a bathroom.

Costs would be increased of course if you decide to build a new one, but it’s much easier to just to put a door if garage and bathroom share the same wall.