Are you searching for a place to do your work? Sometimes it can seem like there's simply no space for a dedicated home office.
Taking your existing garage and turning it into an office is an excellent option that provides space without taking over common family areas.
Everyone at Ram Overhead Door Systems has expert knowledge of what your garage is capable of and is aware of which types of doors work best for a project.
While installing a door is one step of the process, there are others. You need to answer some questions if you want to ensure that the end result is successful.
You like this look? This an Eastman E-12 garage door (R-16 insulated) from the Townships Collection, 14' x 7', Claystone door and Ice White overlays, 4 vertical lite Orion windows
Ask Yourself if a Brand New Garage Door is Needed
Those who haven't updated their door in years might notice it isn't looking as great as it used to. Putting in a replacement can offer a better aesthetic for your new office while increasing curb appeal at the same time.
Another of the top reasons to have a new door installed is if the one you have now doesn't offer protection from noise, pests, or weather when you are working.
If you want to be sure it's time for a change, all you need to do is go into your garage while leaving the door closed. Do you notice any insects or rodents? Is there a breeze coming through the edges of the door? Is the temperature inside uncomfortable? If any of these things apply, a new door is a good idea.
You like this look? This is Standard+ Vog (R-16 insulated), 10' x 7', Black, window layout: Left-side Harmony
Decide Which Ways You Want to Use the Office
What are the specific items that you have to have in your new space?
- Are you a fan of smaller standing desks to work or do you prefer a larger desk where you can spread out paperwork?
- Will you need to have storage space for items like books, reports, files, and other supplies?
- Are you interested in a lounge area where you can talk to clients or hang out after a long day of work?
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From the very start, you want to make sure your office will be functional. This will play a big part in the decisions you make later on.
Are you interested in a multi-functional space for various needs?
Do you want some of the garage space for other hobbies like working out or doing yoga? You can make it work. The Love Property blog features garage conversions that even go as far as implementing stairs to make a loft space.
Having an answer to this question will guide you toward the right garage door to use. For example, Decoist shows us a conversion into a garage home office with extra space to park a bicycle.
Maybe all you want is some room so you can store your fishing gear or your lawn and garden supplies. In either case, a functional garage door is the best solution.
What's the Optimal Way to Use Your Garage Space?
Running into issues trying to imagine how your space should look when it's done? A freelance interior designer can offer help with creating a plan to take you through your project.
A designer can put together your functionality goals and preferred style to create the office space you've been dreaming of.
Just as not everyone is good at sports or building things, some people aren't great at design. A professional who can help you will make it more likely your space is everything you want.
And don't worry. When you have a designer helping, you can still make decisions to match your preferences.
A quick example is deciding where you want to stick with concrete flooring, put a few area rugs down to cover it, or use vinyl over the concrete everywhere. You'll need to consider functionality alongside design elements that make you feel cozy in the space.
Aside from the floors, you should also consider other décor choices that you rely on to make you comfortable, such as painting the walls a particular color or adding in lighting you enjoy. The individuals who are adding a loft with stairs will have the opportunity to use every inch of vertical space.
A spark of inspiration and a dose of creativity doesn't hurt, either! Maybe you want to hang a few pendant lights, add tall bookshelves, and top things off with a library type ladder.
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What Goes into a Garage Home Office Conversion?
At this point, you know how you prefer the space to look and feel, but you also want to consider more practical considerations.
For instance, garages tend to get super humid in many climates, and Ram Overhead Door Systems has a selection of tips for reducing the humidity in your garage. Insulation is a common strategy with the added benefit of making it easier to keep the temperature in check.
It's simple; converting a garage takes storage space and turns it into living space.
As you might guess, some changes need to be made for the best living space. However, making changes will take less time and be far less expensive than building an addition onto your home. It's well worth all the time you put into it.
Ready to Replace Your Old Garage Door with a New Model?
Contact one of the garage door dealers in your neighborhood. The experts there will have the knowledge to provide guidance to choose a garage door that reflects who you are as a person.
If you are interested, Ram Overhead Door Systems can also quickly share a quotation by email.
Another option is to come by our showroom to get advice and inspiration from the many garage door models we offer.
Reach out to us at 613-749-2138, and we'll help you take the first steps toward your project and a new home office.
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Spend some time on our Design Centre, where you can upload a photo of your home and try all different styles of doors on it to find your favorite.
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