Thursday, 25 September 2014

Putting a playroom in the garage.

If you have been reading the blog for a while you would know that things can change fairly quickly around here. Two Saturdays ago - just before I was about to head out to do a demonstration - I made the comment that I would like to put timber floating floors down in the remaining space of our garage. The one side of our garage had become a dumping ground for tools as well as everything else that didn't have a home. It was driving me more than a little crazy and I really didn't like the feel of the concrete under my feet (I'm strange like that). Here is the before.

Fast forward to three hours later (when I arrived home from the demonstration) and we had timber flooring. Tim had chosen and installed the flooring while I was out. I was shocked (and very, very thankful!) Originally we put his drums and the kid's table and chairs in the new space, but it wasn't long before I realised that it was a bigger space than the existing playroom.

The evening after the floors were installed I moved the playroom into the new space. It isn't complete (nor is the laundry that you can see a part of in the background), but it is a good start. The walls still need to be patched and repainted, but that will take a little while. 

It's nice to know that we have now used ever little bit of space under our roof to maximise our living space. We purchased this house as a 3 bedroom + office + home theatre home and now have 3 bedrooms + office + home theatre + playroom + extra room (more on the extra room later). We have built the garage in, in a way that allows us to knock down the extra room and remove the flooring easily so that we have the chose to market the house the way that we bought it (down the track if we choose to sell). We have a plan for where the cars will live to, but that is a fairly big ambition for us cost wise - so we'll see where that takes us. This was a fairly cost effective way to gain another 'room' in the house. In total I think the renovation cost us $415. 

Do you have a playroom in your house? If so is it in a strange place (like ours being in the garage), did you have to be creative to come up with some extra space in your home?


  1. We converted 1/3 of our garage into a flat, much the same as you have your garage except our garage is up the back of our block. Great use of space Leanne!


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