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Outbuilding Conversion Ideas to Suit Your Lifestyle

This list of outbuilding conversion ideas will inspire you to transform your garden buildings into a special place you can fall in love with.

Moving into a home that already has outbuildings can be both a blessing and a challenge. On one hand, the extra space can be a real boon. On the other hand, you might have a lot of work ahead of you to turn your outbuilding into a garden room you can use.

Your outbuilding conversion project will depend on the type of buildings you have on your property and the vision you have for the end result. Plenty of research is key to helping the conversion run smoothly. Small changes can have a big impact if they’re done in the right way.

Outbuilding Conversion Ideas to Suit Your Lifestyle

Before making any decisions on exactly how you’re going to convert your outbuildings, it’s important to consider a few things.

Firstly, you need to decide what you’ll be using your converted outbuilding for. An outdoor workshop might have different requirements to a garden office, so it’s important to ensure your end result will be fit for purpose.

Secondly, it would be wise to make a budget and do your research. A half-finished conversion project can waste valuable space. You may even wish you had never started, if you can’t afford to finish. The best thing to do is work out what you’re willing to spend on the conversion and get some quotes from professionals to ensure the budget can work for you.

Below is a list of outbuilding conversion idea that will help you decide what will be the best use for your garden room.

Garden office

If you spend any time working from home, it’s likely that you yearn for your own workspace. Even if you’ve borrowed a bedroom to create an office setup, it will lack the peace and quite a garden office can provide.

The key things to work on are to ensure this room has heating, lighting and electricity. If you’re likely to spend at least a few hours in this room, it needs to be warm and well-lit above all else.

Home gym

If you’re sick of paying a monthly gym membership for the same three machines and some weights, it might be time to set up your own gym. While the initial outlay might seem expensive, it could save money in the long-run by eliminating years of monthly fees.

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Outdoor workshop

A workshop is the ideal outdoor room for anyone who takes joy from working with their hands. Whether your speciality is woodwork or sewing, a dedicated room to work on your hobby is what most crafters dream of. It gives you a place to store all of your equipment without it cluttering up your home. This also makes it easier to lay your hands on what you need when you need it.

Outdoor sitting room

An extra sitting room can provide extra space for your family to spread out. If you have older children, or even just full house, being able to watch what you want on TV can be a lesser seen luxury. By creating another sitting room, you can either treat it as your haven away from chaotic family life, or give your teens somewhere to spend time with their friends that allows you to keep a close eye on them.

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