When a tree fell on their garage, a family in Santa Monica was inspired to transform it into a livable studio, a project they had been considering for years. The result is a 600-square-foot space that contains a massive plywood bookshelf.
The glass walls at either end of this converted garage overlooking Puget Sound make it a much more powerful architectural achievement than its 440 square feet would imply. After languishing for years, the space is now used for dinner parties, meditation, yoga, and even art lectures.
Because of the subtle beauty of Kim Colin and Sam Hecht's London home, a casual observer might have no idea that the structure was originally a mechanic's garage. Though they painstakingly remodeled the space, Colin and Hecht were wise enough to maintain some of the best original features, including the parquet flooring and curved glass windows.
After falling for a beautiful yet cramped home in San Francisco's Mission District, Zachary Scholz and Felisa Preskill decided to convert the garage below into a supplementary living space. They focused on fluidity and openness during the renovation, which yielded 650 square feet of additional living space.
When his clients purchased a sloped lot containing a two-car garage, architect Marc Lithgow decided to use the existing structure as a base in order to build a modern home. After peeling off the roof of the garage and stripping its brick walls, he added large windows, a gable roof, and carved out an open-plan living space.
When architect Thomas Schaer began work on this decrepit garage in Seattle, it seemed to be beyond repair. But after carefully selecting his reclaimed materials, Schaer created a light-filled studio.