Accessory dwelling units — commonly known as ADUs or ” granny flats” — are becoming extremely popular throughout Southern California. The best way to make the most of your garage conversion granny flat is by designing and decorating the space in a way that maximizes the size and comfort of the area.
Don’t let the extent of your imagination be limited by the phrase ” granny flat.” While these additions got the name from their common use — namely as living spaces for senior parents — they are being built with the goal of providing housing for a diverse spectrum of people — from young people, to families, to retirees. With the rules and regulations surrounding the construction of granny flats becoming quite relaxed, garage conversion granny flats are quite simple to construct — especially if you have expert professional support.
The key to ensuring a comfortable dwelling is making the most of the extremely limited space. So every decorating decision you make must be in the service of making the space appear larger and enhances functionality.
Install high shelving.
Using built-in shelves is a great way to reduce the number of necessary furnishings. Floor space won’t be taken up with items like bureaus, consoles, or standalone cabinets.
Use decorative mirrors to generate the appearance of space.
It seemed cliched, but it really works — use mirrors to create the illusion of a bigger room. You don’t necessarily have to install wall-sized mirrors to achieve the effect, but one or two large framed mirrors strategically mounted throughout the space not only enhance the appearance of the unit, but reflect light, making the room lighter and cheerier. And speaking of natural light…
Let the sunshine in.
Bright, sunshiny rooms appear bigger than darker, more closed-off spaces. Make large windows a part of your construction and design strategy. Not only do they provide excellent light, but they can also help control the temperature and reduce energy consumption.
EcoSmart Builders helps Southern California homeowners construct environmentally friendly ADUs that help enhance the value of the property, provide beautiful living spaces for families, and generate long-term rental income. To learn more about garage conversion granny flat construction and how it can help you maximize the value of your home, please visit our information page for additional details.