Unlocking Hidden Space

By Brett van Son – Property Consultant Abel Property

Your home is full of untapped potential, and one often overlooked gem is the space above your rear-loaded garage. Imagine turning that seemingly unused area into a retreat or even a self-contained apartment, adding both value and functionality to your property.

1. Maximizing Space: Many homes with rear-loaded garages have a spacious area just waiting to be transformed. By converting it into a retreat or apartment, you’re essentially expanding your living space without the need for major structural changes.

2. Personal Retreat: Picture a cozy sanctuary where you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. This elevated space could become your private haven—a home office, an art studio, or a tranquil reading nook. The possibilities are as vast as your imagination.

3. Income Potential: If creating a self-contained apartment, you open the door to rental opportunities. Whether for long-term tenants or short-term stays through platforms like Airbnb, it’s a smart way to generate extra income while providing others with a unique and comfortable space.

4. Increased Property Value: Adding usable square footage, especially in the form of a well-designed retreat or apartment, inevitably enhances your home’s overall value. It’s an investment that pays off not just in daily enjoyment but also in long-term financial returns.

5. Flexible Functionality: The beauty of this transformation lies in its versatility. As your needs change over the years, so can the purpose of this space. It’s an adaptable addition that grows with you.

Transforming the space above your garage is a game-changer, offering a blend of practicality, personalization, and potential income. So, why let that space go to waste when it could be the key to unlocking a whole new dimension of living? Seize the opportunity and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

I have seen this done very well in some Perth inner city suburbs and it really has allowed for families to visit while maintaining their privacy at the same time.

Please always check first with the design codes of your local council to see what’s possible.