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Before and After: 8 Dramatic Garage Remodels

By: Susan Kleinman
November 25, 2014

Need extra square footage in your home? Steal some from your garage! Get inspired by these garages converted into apartments, studios, game rooms and more.

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Before: Packed With Clutter

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.

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Photo: Tom Bonner; Design By: Susan Jay

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.

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Before: Bare and Boring

Minivans do just fine outside in the rain. Minivan passengers? Not quite as well.

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Photo: Jade Chang; Design By: Lucie Ayres of 22 Interiors

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.

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