Green Building

New housing trend: Transforming a garage into a guesthouse

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:33

The use of a garage as a place to house cars and gardening supplies may be a thing of the past, as many homeowners are looking to transform this space into a guesthouse or extra living quarters, according to the Paramus Post.

With many families looking to improve their residences without spending a fortune, a conversion of a garage into more living space serves as a cheap and efficient way to make an addition to a house. Cars can be placed in the driveway and this structure can be utilized as an additional bedroom and living room, reported the news source.

Due to the fact that a garage already has walls and a roof, this space is easier to design as a new room than to reconstruct an entire section of the house. Using efficient technology like radiant heating and new lighting systems can help a homeowner provide a comfortable space for guests, according to the Post.

A structure like an old garage is a perfect place for a radiant heating system, as the technology works well in areas that come with a high ceiling. The temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is only two-to-three degrees because of the radiant heating.