Cinderella Stories: Convert Your Garage
Before you add square footage for a family room, dining area, or home office, take another look at your garage. Converting it may meet your needs without costing as much as a whole new addition.
The original garage would turn no heads. But such a freestanding structure offers maximum flexibility. It can become an office, guest house, workshop, or garden room. A hall or covered pathway linking it to the house can create a sheltered compound. French doors can give it a cottage look. Connect the house and garage by removing traces of the old driveway and door.
These owners enlarged the building to include a bathroom, loft, and small roof deck, so it can double as guest quarters.