Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home!

By , November 12, 2010 4:45 pm

Hello there! It’s been a busy week with a trip to Seattle for the Picasso exhibition and a drive out to the coast but I knew I had to share this amazing remodel with you before the week came to a close.

Everyone loves good makeovers and the ones involving tiny spaces, creative design and ingenious solutions are my all time favorites! Check out how Seattle artist, designer and welder, Michelle de la Vega, created this beautiful little 250 sq. ft. haven…

The before…

This lonely little detached garage is just begging for some love.

The after! Isn’t it fabulous!?

A cozy, light filled sleeping loft is so perfect for the space. Must be a dreamy spot on all those rainy days.

The kitchen is well organized and accessible with open storage solutions. Love those vintage crates that most likely serve as drawers!

The rustic wood burning stove becomes sculptural in this room along with Michelle’s own art installations.

The glass boxes housing pillow forms are actually a tribute to Michelle’s father. Each one is covered with his old architectural drawings. A lovely personal and nostalgic touch.

You know I am a big fan of great bathroom design and this one delivers. Its simplicity is calming, earthy and zen like and I love how surprising a tub is in this tiny home!

To finish our little home tour, I had to point out this old locker. Re-purposing found and used objects like this really adds to the depth and personality of your home. It’s also a great way to be green! Up-cycled perfection.

Oh and just so you know…Michelle only spent $32,000 on the renovation!

How many of us have garages that only house our junk!? What could you do with a space like this? That home office you’ve always wanted, a studio, a guest house? So many possibilities…

Have a lovely weekend!

All images via michelledelavega.com

99 Responses to “Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home!”

  1. candace kramer says:

    Hi Jon. Thanks for stopping by! I agree! This one has stunning design and function. So important!

  2. candace kramer says:

    Thanks Cami! It’s a beautiful remodel, that’s for sure! Thx for visiting my blog.

  3. candace kramer says:

    Hi Steve. Thanks for visiting the blog, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Also, thank you for the link to the chicken coop/veggie garden. What a brilliant idea!!!

  4. claire gonzales says:


  5. LiMoO says:

    This like a wonderful Interior Designs. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Stunning! I really love the design, it feels so cosy and home! Big up!


  7. candace kramer says:

    Hi Caspar, So glad you enjoyed this post! It’s one of my favorite spaces! Thx for visiting! CK

  8. candace kramer says:

    Hi LiMoO! Thanks for visiting! So happy you enjoyed the post! CK

  9. candace kramer says:

    Hi Claire! I know! It’s it a fabulous remodel! Truly amazing! Thx for visiting! CK

  10. Will says:

    I agree the end result is fantastic and I don’t mean to spoil the fun but that isn’t the same building!

    It doesn’t even have the same trees around it, the proportions of the doorway are completely different etc etc etc

  11. Tyler says:

    Nice. Similar to plans I have to convert a 13’x19′ shed into a WeeHouse. In my design, I have a full blown kitchen where she put her double doors – beautiful but they take up a whole wall. She also could have put the Rinnai tankless heater in an outside access closet behind the tub. I’ve got to do that for mine because I also need space for my pressure tank for my water well and a place for my circuit breaker panel. She must have moved the garage to a new location because that W. Red Cedar on the left. The wood stove too looks way too big for the space. Mine is about that size and it heats a 1600 sqft basement really well and keeps my 1700 sqft main floor tolerable even in Jan. You could definitely get by with a much smaller stove in Seattle’s mild winters. Cheers and good work.

  12. Tom says:

    looks amazing… but I feel like getting out of the bed would be painful.. I think I’d bonk my head nearly every morning!

  13. Ana says:

    Very elegant design in its simplicity. Re: Will’s comment; it is obvious that the roof was raised and the volume thus increased. Perhaps that is what gives you the impression that the double doors have a different proportion from the inside. I also think the garage door opening was larger that the new french doors. I would love to have product information on the bathroom faucet and sink. I love the salvaged finds!

  14. MpegEVIL says:

    Wow. That’s pretty amazing.

  15. Logo says:

    i would love to meet the person who came up with this idea


  16. Great post. This gives me some ideas for my next project I’ve been thinking about.

  17. Michael says:

    I love this A LOT!

  18. Kevin says:

    That’s a pretty, amazing transformation. One of my aunts, converted her garage into a family room\game room. But her garage is twice as big as yours and doesn’t make as wise use of the excess space as you do.

  19. Ryann says:

    That was awesome!…but that’s not for the booze drinkers :D

  20. G.U. says:

    That was perfectly great…gives me an idea how to turn an old boat hangar at the beach front. Great post!

  21. Felix says:

    The renovators are is the best creattive ever, they’ll be able to transform from old to new, from useless to usefull.

  22. Agustin says:

    wow, congratulations!, beautiful!!!
    So good taste for decoration also!

  23. iswahyudi says:

    Nice home n unik

  24. Awesome! Love the creativity and ingenuity. Got some idea for our old garage. Thanks for the great post.

  25. max says:

    very good

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  27. highmoon says:

    Really enjoyed the post.lovely.

  28. candace kramer says:

    More to come – check out my website for more ideas!

  29. Al says:

    That’s great until you have a couple of kids.

  30. candace kramer says:

    That is when you move into the house and rent the garage out for income! When the kids go to college they have a place to stay and when you get really old you live back in the garage and rent out the house for more rental income. It all goes full circle.
    I started this concept 20 yrs ago and I love the rental income.

  31. Amazing! I love them all.

  32. DaChub says:

    Nice, I liiiiiike it!


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  35. Elisa says:

    Oh wow, the perfect little home. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Hillary says:

    This is downright impressive!! Who’da thought?! AWESOME! I hope you decide to get an RSS feed–cause I’d like you in my reader! Good stuff! :)

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  38. Julia says:

    Hi, this is really nice design for apartment. I am dreeming about slipping room like at ypur image, thnks)))

  39. LinkUp says:

    cool!!very beautiful!

  40. Giles says:

    looks great – but is this the same as the pic of the garage at the top? the background trees and buildings look totally different.

  41. Laura says:

    Fantastic! I’d love to do something like this one day. :)

  42. Addi says:

    This is awesome! You did an amazing job.

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