If you are lucky enough to have a decent home then you will also have a garage. Even though it is usually meant for keeping vehicles, the garage is actually more than that. These are spaces meant to serve various purposes in homes now. During winter, they tend to be pretty cold because the heating system is not extended there. Even so, this is one of the best places for you during the cold season. In matters to do with retreats, the garage makes just the perfect one when it is cold or you can use it as a workspace or playground until the temperatures improve. Even so, note that you do not stand a chance with any of this unless the space is heated. No matter how you plan to use your garage, you should always be aware of freezing damage. You do not want to be worrying about a dead battery in the morning when you have better things to get to. Nonetheless, note that besides the vehicle battery other things in the garage might be destroyed by the cold including hardware, appliances and other components that you treasure. By heating the garage you can prevent all this from happening.
Additionally, you do not want to be buying a house blindly because no matter how much you may like it breaking the zoning codes may be a nightmare for you and a heated garage is a requirement in some areas. When you like the area a lot, you want to do your best to follow the rules and if it means heating the garage then you should do it. This should be part of your research before deciding to buy the house. You can end up renovating the garage and converting it into something else in the future and this will be much easier if the space was heated. You can later have it upgraded to an extra bedroom, a small apartment or a family room. Compared to buying a new house, this is much more sensible. When the space is heated, moving in will be very easy.
When the garage is part of the main house, cold air from the space might creep into the house. You cannot hope to maintain the temperatures in the indoor space at ideal levels when cold air is been blown from the garage. Therefore, you need to find a way to heat your garage if you wish to deal with such a problem. The energy bill will not be that high as well when you prevent heat loss. If you work from the garage it will even be great for you if the room is heated.