How the Modern Garage Became the New Dream Living Space

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Garages were once a place to store tools, vehicles, and boxes of keepsakes and unused items. But those days are gone! Today’s modern garage is more of an oasis than a workshop. Many homeowners are transforming their garage into a viable living space.

And that doesn’t mean throwing a cot and a dresser in the corner. Modern garages include gorgeous garage flooring, furniture, and decor that, together, create the space of your dreams.

Are you ready to learn more about your modern garage renovation options?

Bring along your measuring tape and your eye for design and let’s get started!

Reasons to Transform Your Garage Into a Useful Space

How did garages make the shift from vehicle storage to living space? Several recent changes have prompted this trend.

To start things off, the world is quickly becoming more eco-friendly. People are trading in their gas cars for more fuel-efficient and electric options. Others are ditching their vehicles altogether and opting for public transportation, walking, or bike riding to work.

The popularity of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have also played a role in this growing trend. When you don’t have a vehicle to store, your garage becomes a viable space for other things.

Even those homeowners who own vehicles are parking them in the driveway so they can utilize their garage space. Whether you have a family member or friend living with you or siblings who no longer want to share a room, why not take advantage of all the space you can?

Another appeal to a more modern garage layout is the growing popularity of the industrial home design. Things like exposed brick, heating ducts, and beams that were once covered, are now becoming the focal point of many homes.

Simply put, people are sick of having a large space that acts as a dumping ground for unused items and junk. The more space you have, the more unnecessary items you tend to hoard. By eliminating this “catch-all” area, people are able to donate unwanted items and truly utilize every corner of their home.

How It’s Done

Are you ready to transform your garage into something useful and beautiful? Not sure where to start?

Don’t worry! Here are a few tips to help you clean out your garage and prepare it for remodeling.

What Do You Want to Use the Space For?

First things first – what do you plan on using the garage for? Will it be an extension of your current home or space all it’s own?

Is someone living in the garage full-time or is it more of a den, hangout space?

Answering these questions is the first step in choosing the right garage design for your needs.

What Items Do You Still Need?

While the idea of renovating your garage sounds exciting, you may be a little hesitant. After all, where will your lawnmower, garden tools, and bicycles go?

If there are items in your garage that you still need, it’s time to find them a new home. Build a shed in your yard where you can store all of these must-have items.

You can divide the space if your home has a two-car or even three-car garage. Use half for necessary storage and the other half as a more modern space. A free-standing wall or room divider is the perfect way to make this clear division between the two areas.

Throw out or donate any unwanted items or those you no longer need. It’ll feel therapeutic to clean out your crowded garage once and for all!

How Much Work Needs to Be Done?

Now that you’ve gutted the space and decided what area to focus on, it’s time to evaluate the shell of the space.

Most garages have an unforgiving concrete floor. Although an industrial design is popular, you also want the space to feel welcoming and warm.

Invest in garage flooring that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean. Epoxy flooring is durable and comes in a variety of decorative finishes.

You’ll also need furniture and cabinets in your modern garage. Depending on how much space you have to work with, wall-mounted cabinets are the perfect storage solution.

The best part is, these cabinets can double as storage for personal items and garage supplies like tools and extra paint cans.

The Type of Garage Door

Glass garage doors are increasing in popularity. Although some people prefer their privacy, installing an industrial glass garage door adds another level of sophistication and class to your garage redesign.

Some popular choices include panel up-and-over doors, single-panel vertical doors, and sectional doors. If you live somewhere warm and pleasant, you can easily open the door and enjoy both indoor and outdoor space simultaneously.

On the other hand, if you live in a region where the nights get bitterly cold, consider proper installation.

Modern Garage Design Ideas

Now it’s time for the fun part!

Once you’ve evaluated and cleaned out your garage, it’s time to start making interior design decisions. Here are a few popular choices to get your creative juices flowing!

An Extra Bedroom

One of the most popular (and most accessible) ways to utilize your garage space is by transforming it into an extra bedroom. This is also the perfect choice for accommodating a loved one or family member or giving your oldest child that room they’ve been dreaming of.

Start by choosing a garage floor finish that suits your taste. Try adding one large or a few small area rugs for comfort. A futon is a popular furniture choice since it doubles as a couch and bed.

Hang some storage cabinets on one wall and leave an open space for wall decor and decorations. A modern garage is perfect for a rustic, industrial, or even sports-themed bedroom.

An Apartment

When transforming your garage into a full-blown apartment where someone will live full-time, you need to consider running electric, plumbing and other necessities.

Chances are the garage already has electric and overhead lights. Take note of where the outlets are and if you need more.

If the garage’s occupant isn’t a family member who feels comfortable sharing your main living space, you’ll want to install a small kitchen area and bathroom. This involves plumbing and some extensive construction.

A Den or Man Cave

Every man dreams of a man cave to call their own. What better place than the garage?

Most men won’t care about wall decor or finishing touches. They’ll enjoy the bare walls, bricks, and rugged feel of a garage-turned-den.

It’s still recommended to invest in durable garage floor coating that can withstand plenty of wear and tear. Epoxy flooring is also easy to clean, which means less worry over a spilled drink or plate of nachos.

Hang road signs, license plates, and illuminated bar signs on the walls to add character. A couch, television, and a few cabinets are all you need to create a functional man cave.

If your kids share the space, they’ll love a dartboard, pool table, or foosball game!

A Home Office

If you’re one of the 8 million people who work from home, you know how difficult it can be to find peace. Do you lack space inside your house for a home office?

If so, look no further than your garage!

The corner of your garage is the perfect spot for a desk, lamp, printer, and even a fax machine. You can escape from it all and focus solely on the task.

If your job requires an Internet connection, establish this beforehand.

Hang inspirational pictures and phrases around the space to make it more personal. Choose a decorative garage floor coating that compliments your style. Invest in a plastic runner under your desk that allows your chair to move easily.

Detached Living Space

Some homeowners are lucky enough to have a detached garage as part of their property layout. If this describes you, you’re in the ideal position for creating a modern garage.

You can transform the space into a den, game room, or fully functional living space for a family member or a renter.

Be sure to equip the space with all the necessities of a house, just on a smaller scale. Like a studio apartment, a single detached garage will showcase the living, kitchen, and sleeping space all in one room.

This set-up is perfect for a single tenant, an older child, or a loved one.

Modern Garage Design is Changing How We See Things

Garages are no longer dark, dirty spaces filled with old, unwanted items. The modern garage is stylish, clean, and often used for something other than vehicle storage.

Find inspiration in these modern garage design ideas that transform your cluttered area into a functional, beautiful living space.

Want more information on choosing the right garage flooring or cabinets?   Request a free estimate today.


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Brandon Coleman

Brandon Coleman, owner of Garage Designs of St. Louis, brings over a decade of garage transformations and epoxy flooring expertise. A community-focused entrepreneur, he customizes each project to meet unique client needs, ensuring safety, style, and functionality in every space.

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