If your garage is detached from the house, you can make it into a dreamy guesthouse that allows your guests to enjoy a little “me” time. Depending on local regulations, you might even be able to rent out your transformed guesthouse through a service like Airbnb.
40. Install a doorbell
Your detached suite will feel more private and serene to your guests with a doorbell to announce visitors. Opt for a smart doorbell with a camera for a more secure option.
41. Add a kitchenette
A kitchenette in your guest suite is a practical addition that doesn’t require a gas hookup. A refrigerator, hot plate and microwave give your guests a place to snack without raiding your pantry.
42. Get creative with bed placement
A small detached garage shouldn’t limit you from your dream of a guesthouse. Add a Murphy bed to stow in the wall, or purchase a lofted bed if your ceiling height permits. Either one will free up floor space for your guests.
43. Make a private sleeping sanctuary
Hang curtains or install a sliding barn-style door to separate the bed from the rest of the space. This introduces a sense of privacy that will make your guests feel welcome and relaxed.
Bonus garage conversion ideas
In addition to the rooms above, there are countless ways to convert your garage into a space that brings you joy. We’ve listed some more ideas below for inspiration.
44. Kids’ playroom
Give the kids their own space to play and explore by creating a playroom. A climbing wall, reading nooks, homework stations and game tables are a few ideas to include.
45. Teen hangout
When the kids are older, they’ll appreciate having their own space to hang out in — even if they don’t admit that to you. Outfit your converted space with items like a TV, game console, mini fridge and comfy furniture.
46. Craft room
This idea works well in combination with a laundry room conversion, since neither takes up the space of a large garage. Opt for plenty of pegboard and shelving, and include a large island with storage for all kinds of crafts.
47. Split-level space
If your garage has high ceilings, create a split-level layout that separates the converted space into multiple sections.
48. Detached greenhouse
Your detached garage is an ideal location for a backyard greenhouse, with a few modifications. It also likely won’t require a building permit since a greenhouse isn’t considered a living space. However, you’ll want to double check with your local HOA board and zoning authorities to confirm.
49. Music studio
With a little noise insulation and some electrical wiring, your renovated garage can transform into a professional music studio. They require surprisingly little space at minimum, but a large music studio is a fun place to hang out and be creative with friends and family.
50. Cat palace
If your cats seem bored with their current digs, adding a cat palace in your renovated space will delight them with new realms to explore. Fill a climate-controlled, transformed garage with all kinds of accessories to keep your cats happy.
51. Dog run
A converted garage works well as a place for your dog to be comfortable anytime you’re away for a short while, or when inclement weather keeps them cooped up indoors. Make sure your space is climate-controlled and well-insulated for this remodel — and bring plenty of chew toys.
Making sure your garage conversion is covered
Your garage conversion should bring you joy and relieve your stress. A new living space is something to celebrate, so long as you don’t need your garage for car storage. Before you set out to tear down walls and install wiring, make sure you’re permitted to do so by your neighborhood and your city. The last thing you want is a costly legal battle over an illegal home addition.