Finally, after what feels like forever I can share with you all our completed garage conversion. The building work was finished a couple of months ago. The main decorating didn’t take too long I have just been taking my time finalising the finishing touches.
This ugly brown garage door is gone. These photos feel like a million years ago, Its amazing how quickly the extra space is filled.
The inside before the conversion looks really small and dark. Its hard to believe we have made liveable two rooms out of this space.
The Completed Garage Conversion
Our house has wooden windows, but building regulations weren’t happy with us having wooden windows in the new build, so these ones are composite wood effect. I was really nervous about them looking out of place, but actually I am really happy with them and now they have been in a few months I barely notice the difference.
Right at the end of the project building regulations also requested a new external door on the back of the garage for security. We had to go with a white PVC, to save the budget. Its not ideal to not match, but at the back of the house its not so bad.
We opted for electric heating in the new room. Originally we were going to have plumbed in radiators, but there was an issue with accessing the manifold and there was mention of ripping up my brand new bathroom floor. So we chose electric storage heaters. So far they have been really effective.
We chose spot lights in the ceiling, I wanted to make sure my office was nice and bright being a small room. We have 4 spots in each room, and I really wish we could have them throughout the house.
We had the internal door knocked through at the back end of the garage, which is under our stairs in the main house.
The internal door enters straight into my office space, with a storage area under the stairs for shoes and coats. My office is about 1/3 of the space, but it is plenty big enough for what I need. I absolutely love having my own space.
My desk is made from two of the IKEA Alex 5 drawer cabinets, with an IKEA white laminate worktop cut to size. I love having so much storage having two of the Alex units, the drawers may be shallow, but they hold tons. My chair is the Jarvis one from Argos, its super comfy and stylish too.
The wallpaper was my biggest risk. I saw this wallpaper when I was looking at Pantone’s colour of the year and I fell in love with it. But I wasn’t sure if it was too bold for a small room. As soon as James put it up I knew I had made the right decision. Its the Honolulu design from Graham and Brown. We have used a lot of the Graham and Brown paste the wall papers since we moved here and can’t fault it.
Both of these frames hang on the wall to my right. I got both of them from Card Factory for a real bargain. I can’t remember how much but it was around £6 for both of them. The top left one ‘Be who you are not who the world wants you to be’ is great for me. Especially in the blogging world. Its so easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing and feel like you should be doing things a certain way. But actually everything flows so much better when its naturally you. The right hand quote is great inspiration for anyone. When I am struggling with my studying or just with life in general, I love to have little reminders around me that everything will work out.
I finally got to put my peg board up on the wall. My uni work leaves me with so many books and folders that I needed a book shelf. I am trying to keep it minimal and take any of the unused books off to storage. I chose these little decorations to match my copper and green theme. The light bulb, copper succulent and candle were all from the New Look home range. The white succulent was from Wilko’s and the light box was a gift from James.
This little window was the biggest we could have with the external door, but with the window in the door there is still plenty of light. This little terrarium was from Matalan, I wanted to hang it but so far its sat on the window sill. My blind is from Blinds2go, it matches the blinds throughout downstairs, really can’t recommend them enough.
Keeping in with the copper theme, I have my copper phone on the desk. This little tea light holder was from Card Factory and my weekly planner was from Sainsburys. Have you seen the amazing stationary in Sainsburys lately, I am in love!
The main reason for the garage conversion was for James to have his gym. My office was a bonus really. Ever since I met James working out and keeping fit and healthy has been a big part of his life. But we have never had space for a nice gym for him. It has always been in the garage or shed.
He has always had the two big weight benches, and lots of weights. And the exercise bike. But the treadmill is a new addition. I am really pleased we got the treadmill so that I can get a bit more use out of the gym. I know I can use the weights too, but I am much more likely to use the treadmill and finish with some weights maybe.
James took full control of the design of the gym. The only stipulation I made was that we had blinds to match the rest of downstairs. He chose the brickwork wallpaper, which is another from Graham and Brown. Although I guess its a little ironic to convert a garage then decorate it with bricks!
James laid the floor himself using the vinyl planks from B&Q. We spent an absolute fortune on having all of our downstairs flooring done in similar flooring by professionals. And I have to say the quality of the B&Q vinyls is great, I think it is actually harder wearing than the expensive planks.
He splashed out on these professional gym mirrors which glue to the wall. They were fun to hang I can assure! It makes the room feel a lot bigger. Finally he added his white board to the wall so he can keep track of his work outs.
We want to add some wall art in the gym somewhere but we are struggling to find what we like at the moment.
We are so pleased with the finished conversion, the extra space is amazing.