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5 Reasons To Add A Bonus Room To Your Garage Plan
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5 Reasons To Add A Bonus Room To Your Garage Plan

If you’re planning to build a custom garage, chances are you need more space. And what better way to give your home additional space than including a bonus room above your new garage?

Not sure you need to include a bonus room in your garage plan? We urge you to think twice about that. Below, our team at Sussel Garages explains why every homeowner should consider planning their garage with an attached bonus room.

Add Cost-Effective Living Space

If you need more living space, adding that living space to your garage plan can be cost-effective to add square footage to your home. Whether you’re looking to create an office, a recreational room, or an additional bedroom (or any other type of room, for that matter!), your garage builders can make it happen.

Compared to putting an addition on your house, adding living space above your garage is typically less expensive. That said, building costs can vary dramatically based on a variety of factors. It can be somewhat challenging to determine just how much you might save by building onto the garage rather than to another area of your house.

If you’re curious about what it might cost to build your custom garage with a second-story bonus room, talk to an experienced garage builder who can give you an estimate.

Avoid Construction-Related Household Inconveniences

If you’re set on expanding the square footage of your house, attaching another room to the home itself can seriously interfere with daily household operations. Not only will you deal with a tremendous amount of construction noise, but you’ll also be forced to deal with debris, sawdust, and other inconveniences.

Building a custom garage with an attached bonus room, on the other hand, allows you to dramatically lessen the daily inconveniences associated with household construction. Since your garage builders will be working outside of your home, you won’t deal with nearly as much noise or the annoyance of sawdust and other construction debris.

If you opt for an attached garage with a second-story bonus room or even an attached first-story room, noise and debris will be fully contained outside your home.

Create a More Private Space for Visiting Guests

If you have out-of-town relatives or guests who visit regularly, adding a room above your garage is a great way to give them some privacy during their visit. Depending on how extravagant you’d like to get, you can create a full living space above your new custom garage.

You can choose to add plumbing, an additional restroom, and even a kitchenette to allow your guests to relax in the comfort of a tiny home! The options for customizing your garage are nearly endless. And, should you need to care for aging relatives, either now or in the future, a second-story, above-garage living area is a perfect way to allow them some privacy too.

Create Passive Income

Have you dreamed of your extra living space above your garage, but the investment cost seems too out of reach? A simple solution would be to rent it out once it’s completed! Living spaces above a garage are an ample space to rent out for a single person or a couple looking for a solid place to stay to save up money for their home.


Renting the extra space lets your garage addition practically pay for itself! Additionally, you can keep renting it out even after it’s paid off for perpetual passive income.

Boost Property Value

Let’s say you love the property you live on, but know you won’t live there forever. Maybe you want to retire on a secluded hobby farm or winter in a warm state for half the year. In short, you won’t be at your current home forever, but moving is far down the road for you. While you’re there, any improvements you make, like the extra living space above your garage, increase the home’s overall value. The extra living space provides a niche not common in most homes and will gain the interest of a buyer in the future.

Need a Custom Garage Plan? Trust Sussel Builders

Garage plans are a dime a dozen online, but that doesn’t mean they adhere to the Minnesota building code or your specific needs and concerns.

When you need a precision custom garage plan created with every detail in mind, look no further than our team at Sussel Garages. For over 100 years, we’ve proudly built custom garages throughout the Twin Cities metro — take a look at our completed projects to see how much pride we take in our work!

For more information about our services or to request a free estimate, give us a call today at 651-645-0331 (St. Paul) or 612-379-0949 (Minneapolis). You can also send us a message, and we’ll be in touch!

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