Transform Your Unused Garage Into A Home Office
Homeworking is set to continue following the pandemic. Do you have enough space to support your virtual role?
If lockdown has taught us anything, it’s about our relationship with our homes. Whether you’ve loved the extra time indoors, or have realised that your property is insufficient for your needs, you’re bound to have an opinion on your current living arrangements. With many people working remotely for the first time, a survey conducted by Savills estate agents highlights that 44% of prospective buyers are now looking for extra home working space to support their new virtual role. If you’re in the same boat, but don’t have the money or the will to move house, consider how you could create extra space within your current accommodation. If you have a garage that you use as a dumping ground or a tool shed, then this is a great place to start.
Do You Require Planning Permission?
There are two types of garages, those that are integral and those that are detached. In most cases a garage conversion would fall within your rights for Permitted Development so you wouldn’t need formal planning permission, but it’s always best to check in case these rights have been removed, for example if you live in a listed building or conservation area. In the case of a detached garage, you may need to apply for a change of use.
How much do garage conversions cost?
A simple conversion of a single garage could cost as little as £8,000 and add up to 20% of the value of your home according to Nationwide. The costs of the refurbishment would increase if you require plumbing, if the foundations need to be reinforcing, or if the existing structure is in a dubious condition. You may also wish to factor in the cost of architectural or design fees if you’re planning on using these professional services. Planning applications will also set you back if these are required.
Transforming Your Garage Into A Home Working Space
If you plan to turn your garage into a home office, then you’ll need to factor in the costs of insulation, plastering, adding in electrics and ensuring that you have broadband connectivity, depending on the type of work you do. You will also need to replace your garage door and add in windows. A professional window suppliers Essex team explains that you might also include skylights in the roof of your garage conversion to flood the room with plenty of natural light. This exposure to daylight can also really enhance concentration and productivity levels so is an important consideration.
Designing Your New Workspace
Once your garage has been converted to provide you with that much-needed workspace, it’s important to design it well to maximise its potential. If you don’t want to be disturbed by other members of the family, then get into the habit early of not allowing the space to double up as a playroom or TV den.
In terms of furniture, make sure you choose a desk that is large enough to accommodate your workload. This may include a space for your workstation, large graphics plans or piles of reference materials. Go ergonomic with your choice of chair to ensure that your back is kept in good repair. Remember to include plenty of storage space for books, files or other stationery and be aware of the background behind you when you need to take a video call.
A garage conversion is the perfect home working solution and it doesn’t take long to implement. Start planning yours today.