Detached Garage Turned Into A Beautiful Little Home

A garage is not just space where one keeps their car. In fact, that’s rarely the case. It’s very common for garages to double as storage areas and even to be transformed into something completely different. Garage conversions are super interesting and today we’re actually having a closer look at such a project.

The majority of the floor space is left open and most of the furniture is clustered against the wallsView in gallery
The majority of the floor space is left open and most of the furniture is clustered against the walls

It was done by studios Prismatica Architects and Modern Granny Flat and involves the transformation of a large, detached garage into a backyard home. Although it’s quite large for a garage, the space is rather compact when you think of it as a home and a living area. To make the interior appear big, bright and open, the designers made use of white walls and concrete flooring. The ceiling is also white and has exposed wooden trusses.

There are hidden storage spaces all around the home, most being included in this timber unitView in gallery
There are hidden storage spaces all around the home, most being included in this timber unit
This cubby wall has boxes which can be removed and used as extra seating or as small accent tablesView in gallery
This cubby wall has boxes which can be removed and used as extra seating or as small accent tables

The interesting part is the way in which the interior of this garage home was configured. The idea was to create a flexible space which could be easily reorganized based on need and the type of activity taking place at any given moment. Although small, this unusual home has it all: an open kitchen, a living room, a bedroom and a bathroom. There’s an entire wall covered in wooden cubbies, some of which conceal a Murphy bed and others that can be removed and used as extra seating. There’s also a timber volume that houses all the storage and plumbing and also hides the bathroom and a set of panels which can slide to separate the living room and bedroom areas. All of these elements combined with a few other ones help to make this a very flexible home with lots of possibilities for reconfiguration.

The bathroom has skylights and turquoise wall tilesView in gallery
The bathroom has skylights and turquoise wall tiles
the open kitchen features a small island on wheels which can easily be moved aroundView in gallery
the open kitchen features a small island on wheels which can easily be moved around
This large wooden unit houses most of the storage areas, the plumbing and the entrance to the bathroomView in gallery
This large wooden unit houses most of the storage areas, the plumbing and the entrance to the bathroom
When the large garage doors open the house is exposed to the outdoor areas around itView in gallery
When the large garage doors open the house is exposed to the outdoor areas around it
The exposed wooden trusses are painted white to match the walls and ceiling and occasionally decorated with greeneryView in gallery
The exposed wooden trusses are painted white to match the walls and ceiling and occasionally decorated with greenery
The open floor plan lacks solid dividing walls and instead these delineations are done through furniture and accessoriesView in gallery
The open floor plan lacks solid dividing walls and instead these delineations are done through furniture and accessories
The cubby wall also conceals a Murphy bed which is cleverly hidden among the shelvesView in gallery
The cubby wall also conceals a Murphy bed which is cleverly hidden among the shelves