If you’re struggling to find space to work from home, we’ve got the perfect solution. Why not clear the clutter out of your garage and convert it into a home office?
You shouldn’t need planning permission to convert your garage, but any change of use is subject to building regulations, so you’ll need to submit scale drawings to your council before beginning work. A structural engineer will be able to draw these up.
Following this, an inspector will visit at various stages of the process. They’ll check that the conversion is structurally sound, properly insulated, dampproofed, fireproof and well ventilated.
To prepare your garage, you’ll need to decide what to keep and find alternative storage space for it. Everything else can be recycled or rehomed.
Heat and light are essential in a home office so your conversion will require some rewiring. The cheapest option involves locating the garage on your current consumer unit with its own miniature circuit breaker. Alternatively, you could install an extra mains supply with a separate consumer unit.
It’s also worth considering how many electric sockets you’ll need and whether you need a phone line. To ensure reliable internet access, run an Ethernet cable from your router to the garage or set up a wireless router with a decent range.
Choose your flooring
Prefer carpet to tiles? Then you could opt for hardwearing carpet tiles, as these can be replaced individually. Wooden flooring or PVC tiles are also sensible choices, as they’re easy to clean, durable and provide a barrier against moisture.
Create a comfortable workspace
When it comes to creating your workspace, we suggest locating your desk in a well-lit area of the garage. Adding a lamp, an ergonomic chair and some inspiring artwork will make the space feel more homely.
Have we inspired you to convert your garage into a home office? We’d love to know!