Old Garage Converted Into a Stylish Granny Pad

When asked to convert an old unused garage into a cozy living space for their client’s grandmother, Best Practice Architecture went above and beyond expectations. They created the Granny Pad, a beautiful cabin-like structure with a black exterior and an extension at the back.

By converting the old garage into a living space the clients offered the grandma a separate place to live that's still very close to themView in gallery
By converting the old garage into a living space the clients offered the grandma a separate place to live that’s still very close to them

It’s one of the most impressive and inspiring garage transformations we can think of and we can’t wait to share with you all the details. The before and after images give you a hint of just how much the garage was transformed but in order to understand the whole process we need to also check out the interior.

The matte black exterior gives the Granny Pad a modern look and helps it blend into the landscapeView in gallery
The matte black exterior gives the Granny Pad a modern look and helps it blend into the landscape
There's a separate entrance at the back which accessed the loft area above the bathroomView in gallery
There’s a separate entrance at the back which accessed the loft area above the bathroom
The front door is bring pink and add a quirky touch of color to the designView in gallery
The front door is bring pink and add a quirky touch of color to the design
Inside, the pad is surprisingly bright and open thanks to the newly added windows and skylightsView in gallery
Inside, the pad is surprisingly bright and open thanks to the newly added windows and skylights

In total, the Granny Pad offers 53 square meters (571 square feet) of living space organized into two sections. There’s the original garage at the front which contains the entrance, the kitchenette and the sitting room and the new addition at the back which houses the sleeping area, bathroom and dressing room. The bathroom is the only enclosed space and everything else forms a large open floor plan with easy access and seamless transitions. On the outside, the Granny Pad is clad in black vertical boards with matching shingles on the roof and a bright pink front door which cheers up the entire design.

The light plywood surfaces create a warm and inviting ambiance while keeping the decor bright and simpleView in gallery
The light plywood surfaces create a warm and inviting ambiance while keeping the decor bright and simple
The kitchenette has a small window and a skylight and looks super cute and friendlyView in gallery
The kitchenette has a small window and a skylight and looks super cute and friendly
The sleeping area is not a separate space but is placed at the back of the house which gives it sufficient privacyView in gallery
The sleeping area is not a separate space but is placed at the back of the house which gives it sufficient privacy
There's a loft area above the bathroom which is used mostly for storageView in gallery
There’s a loft area above the bathroom which is used mostly for storage
the bathroom is small and is also the only fully enclosed space inside the original structure and the new additionView in gallery
the bathroom is small and is also the only fully enclosed space inside the original structure and the new addition
the front door offers easy access into the garden and the glass panel lets in additional sunlightView in gallery
The front door offers easy access into the garden and the glass panel lets in additional sunlight