This homeschool room was a dream makeover!! Literally we had dreamed of creating more space in the garage to use for our family, and with a little effort (okay three weeks of our novice DIYer push-through attitude and grit) that dream has turned into one of our favorite family spaces in our home.
I am SO excited to share this Garage turned Homeschool Room makeover!
In Florida, we don’t have basements like I was used to up north. What I’ve noticed is that most homes around here use the garage as a storage/basement type of room. We knew right away when purchasing this home that our laundry area would be relocated to our garage, because we needed to turn that little laundry closet off of the kitchen into a pantry.
With that renovation complete, it was time to turn our attention on the garage. And goodness what a project it has been!
We began with planning, lots and lots of planning. With ANY room makeover or home renovation project, planning is key. The more you talk things out (and use painter’s tape to plan wall and furniture placement), the better off you’ll be as you get started on the project. We wanted to house a new multipurpose room WITHIN our garage walls… meaning we still have a functional garage door with storage space as well as a new sealed-off-from-the-weather laundry area that will be focus of another makeover later on.
AND NOW we have a new homeschool room (that we can use as a guest room with the pull-out couch AND a theater room).
So, once we had walls marked out with tape, and figured out the maximum height of the new ceiling, while still being able to use the garage door on the outside of the room, we cleaned out the garage, and got to the real work.
With walls and ceilings framed, we added insulation to all of the walls that would touch the outside weather. We also added a layer of plastic weather proofing before adding in drywall on those outside walls for an extra element of moisture-proofing (’cause ya’ll, it’s humid in Florida!).
The kids all helped to pitch in with as many projects as we would allow!
When it came to flooring for our homeschool room, I am SO HAPPY WITH THIS CHOICE. I actually like it better than the flooring in the rest of the house.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the sponsored flooring from Tarkett’s ProGen line. I loved what I read about them online, but I was even more surprised by the quality feel and how easy it was to install!
After replacing the rest of the flooring in the rest of our home, it was a job we weren’t fully looking forward to, but knew that it needed to be done.
You guys, the Tarkett ProGen DIY flooring went in within a couple of hours! Everything can be done with a standard tool set and easily cut with a basic utility knife! Plus, ProGen requires no acclimation time (most other flooring require 24 hours of acclimation time, like the flooring we’ve used before), and can be installed the same day you receive it – a huge timesaver!
I also felt confident using it in our Garage turned Homeschool Room DIY makeover with it’s 100% reclaimable, waterproof flooring. With the ProGen Core Technology, flooring doesn’t warp or bend when exposed to temperature fluctuations or sunlight. This makes it perfect for any room in the home…. from high-trafficked hallways or finished basements (or garages), to sunrooms!
PS. We went with the Tarkett ProGen in Spicebark Hickory, and I love it!
To really make this homeschool room multi-purpose, we added in a pull out couch so it can be used for a guest room when needed. Since there are no windows in the room (because it’s inside a garage), it get’s really dark with the lights off. The upside to this? It’s a perfect room to hold our projector! We left the wall above the kids desk intentionally blank and installed a wall shelf on the opposite wall to hold the projector, Roku box and speaker. Now, we can also use this room as a home theater!
To add in some texture, we added a rug… and I’m SO loving this washable rug from Lorena Canals.