Why give up a garage when you can park your car in there, right? Well, not everyone has the same priorities and there are plenty of reasons why someone would want to transform a garage space into something else. Garage conversions are more common than you think and a lot of them are very inspiring. To prove that, we gathered some of our favorite transformations.
This started out as a commercial garage but now it serves as a beautiful and cozy home The transformation was a project by Sam Crawford Architects. The garage occupied a space between two existing buildings and was long and narrow. After the conversion, the shape and size remained the same. The architects also preserved the industrial character of the space using black steel, recycled brick, concrete and wood. A courtyard ensures a strong connection with the outdoors and also brings in lots of light.
A lot of clever design choices can be made when you’re forced to deal with the unusual. For instance, check out this cool little house that has a sunken lounge area. Sure, nothing special when you put it this way but that space actually used to be a mechanic’s dugout area back when the space was a garage. It looks a lot better now, with all the orange furniture. The conversion was a collaboration between Doepel Strijkers and LEX Architects. Originally, this was an ambulance garage. Now it’s a rather spacious home.
Even a small garage can have a chance at a different life. Take this one for instance. It’s a 22 square meter space on the ground floor of an apartment building in Bucharest, Romania. It used to be a garage but now it’s an architect’s office. The new archiDOT office is actually a really good reflection of the team’s design approach and aesthetic. It’s small and it feel like home but, most important of all, it provides direct access to the street.