Heaven. That’s one word to describe a femme den, and this space can be anything you want it to be: a sanctuary away from the kids; a place to entertain friends; or a work studio. Revamping or renovating a space can be overwhelming especially when you don’t know where to start. Aussie Made Garages and Barns offers some tips to help you create the ultimate femme den.
Get council approval. In most states and territories, you will need to receive council approval if you’re looking to convert your garage into a habitable room. The council will require you to submit preliminary and final plans of the proposed dwelling to ensure it meets the standards set by Building Code Australia [BCA].
Start planning. You might already have a clear picture of what you want your femme den to look like but if you need some inspiration, hop on Pinterest and get pinning! Once you know exactly what you like and want, create a budget and note the items you’ll need to buy and the ones you already have or can make yourself.
Clear and clean. Unleash your creativity on a blank canvas by clearing out your garage; disposing of things you no longer need; finding a new home for others; and rolling up your sleeves to give the area a good clean.
Update the flooring. Concrete floors can be cold, uninviting and unseemly especially if it’s been stained by grease. Depending on your budget, you can opt for laminate flooring, tiles, hardwood or even polished concrete. Carpet is not advised as exposure to rain and water would spoil the flooring. If you love the plush feel of carpet beneath your feet opt for a rug instead.
Add some colour. Breathe life into your femme den by adding splashes of colour or a fresh coat of paint to the walls. If you love the look of exposed brick you can leave it as is; or alternatively you can choose to cover the walls with plasterboard. Have a Colorbond® garage? No problem! You can still insulate and plaster the garage yourself; or you can enlist the help of professionals.
Light it up. Lights are the key to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere but garages aren’t known for their stellar lighting! Ensure your femme den is adequately illuminated by installing additional lights and strategically placing lamps.
The finishing touches. Make the space truly your own by adorning your femme den with hand-picked pieces of furniture, appliances and electricals for your convenience and entertainment; plus sentimental treasures such as photographs, souvenirs or anything that makes the den feel uniquely yours.
Aussie Made Garages and Barns
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