Category: Garages

More Space 5 Spectacularly Converted Garages

I guess some people actually park in their garages. We’ve been in our home for 15 years and have never used it for the intended function. Which explains why I dream of converting it to a family room one day shortly.

The very best thing about converting a garage into living space is that the construction already exists. Typically all you will need is a little creativity to change the interior into a comfortable, pretty, livable space. (An architect can be very handy when it comes to creating space in which you believed there was none).

These five examples — a studio, two living rooms, a mini home and guest quarters — have interpreted the humble garage in vastly different but both inspiring ways.

Urban Oasis

This is an exterior shot of a little studio that was a garage that is not-so-lovely.

Before Photo

Urban Oasis

This is in its original state: a dim and jumbled mess of space with some arbitrary storage thrown in.

Urban Oasis

AFTER: This is the same space reinvented as a bright studio apartment with a view to the pool. A crucial for a successful garage transformation is light, light, light. Because many garages begin small with relatively brief ceilings, natural light makes all the difference in the way in which the space feels.

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Dark, windowless and arranged. To put it differently, your normal garage.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

AFTER: This is one of my preferred renovations. It’s light and modern, with incredibly clever uses of distance. The architect managed to have a living room that was bright intriguing inside that garage.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Large windows and half walls increase the sense of space and openness, but also separate the entrance hall in the living area.

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Michelle de la Vega

You may imagine what is in here: a broken lawn mower and a great deal of spiders.

Ira Lippke

AFTER: Artist, welder and designer Michelle de la Vega’s whole home is in this 250-square-foot former garage in Seattle. But for the addition of a bathroom, the footprint didn’t change.

Ira Lippke

A room of one’s very own, complete with sleeping kitty and loft.

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Before Photo

It might be a dumpy garage in this shot, but those high ceilings are of what is to come a good omen.

Susan Jay Design

AFTER: Susan Jay Design transformed the garage of a ranch-style California home to a swinging midcentury living area. It’s still recognizable as the same structure since the architect maintained that open, magnificent ceiling.

Before Photo

Rossington Architecture

BEFORE and AFTER: Rossington Architecture in San Francisco transformed this shadowy, under-the-house garage common of the area to a bright playroom and guest quarters. Natural light comes from 1 wall only, however light colours and a great deal of pot lights help brighten the space.

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Perhaps you have found extra living space in the garage?
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