Small...The New Big
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Single Car Garage to Cottage
How do you turn a 327-square-foot, single-car garage into a comfy home with all the amenities? Architect Jason Silva maximizes space with unusual applications for custom cabinetry. Keeping things hidden and reducing clutter are essential for a clean, simple look. Everything in this house tucks away: the pantry, the appliances and the TV. A pullout swivel stand makes the TV viewable throughout the house. Career woman Susan Sherry is quite comfortable in this cozy garage-turned-cottage home.
The compact kitchen has dual-function appliances. A microwave/ convection oven and a washer/dryer combo tuck into shelves and cabinets. Another space saver is an on-demand water heater—no water tank to store.
Can't find any more space for storage? Look up! Overhead storage is ideal for rarely used items and long-term storage needs. This solution is out of sight and out of mind.
A pullout ladder saves space when it's folded, and climbs like a regular staircase when extended. The loft bedroom is generous enough to fit a queen-size bed and small dressers.
Hotel heating and air conditioning units fit nicely into a small space but are unattractive. A custom cabinet with a slot along the top allows the air through and hides the unit, while providing shelves in front.