This garage was like many others: raw, cluttered and underutilized. When the city denied an application to expand the main residence for an office and additional living space, designer Susan Jay suggested converting the garage.
After: Midcentury Style
In addition to a work and entertaining space, a stationary metal-and-glass garage door was installed to allow maximum natural light. Other features Jay included are radiant heat between the new concrete floor and commercial carpet, a wall air conditioning unit, a new sliding entrance to the rear, a large picture window, midcentury lighting, and custom cabinetry for storage and media equipment. Photography by Tom Bonner
Before: Bare and Boring
Minivans do just fine outside in the rain. Minivan passengers? Not quite as well.
After: Playroom for Kids
Designer Lucie Ayres of 22 Interiors converted this garage into a playroom that can be used in any weather — and by kids of any age. The desk along the wall is perfect for arts and crafts, homework — or a parent who wants to keep an eye on what's going on while catching up on emails. Photography by Jade Chang
Before: An Unwanted Eyesore
Designer Deborah Gliksman knew she needed an extra bedroom to accommodate her teenagers, but adding a second floor was too expensive. Meanwhile, says Gliksman, "the garage was unused, basically a repository for unwanted stuff and seemed the most cost-effective and practical solution."
After: A Functional Studio
Gliksman designed a full, freestanding studio apartment with a kitchen and bathroom, sleeping alcove and living space. "All the furniture is dual function to eke out the maximum efficiency possible," she says. "The kitchen table functions as an island and work desk."
After: Everything in One Space
"And the dresser serves as a nightstand, while the divider serves as a TV console," Gliksman notes. There is plenty of storage in this pint-sized studio. Besides the ample clothes closet, there is an entire wall of storage behind the couch and a wall of kitchen cabinets. "We are part of the trend of home compounds," she says. "Above the studio is a wonderful, large office space and exercise room with a vaulted roof. We really have everything we need on the one property under two roofs."