Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home!

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



  1. Daryl R. says

    This is really cool. Ive seen…no, Ive cleaned many of these small little gargage/storage places and its nice to see it being used in a much more useful as well as econmic way..:)

    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Gideon Highlander says

    This is very nice. In fact, I like very thing about it. I thinks this ideas should be used for small houses/housing projects in my part of the world; Africa. Please keep can I get the ebook/word version of how you went about it. God bless you. Keep it up.

  3. says

    Now this is awesome. If I was a single man and didn’t have kids, I could definitely picture myself living happily in there. Michelle de la Vega did a wonderful job transforming this garage into a home.

  4. Noel Holmes says

    that is really nice… do you have any more design like this… Plz send me website addresses for them…

  5. Mia says

    Ben, I noticed the same thing! Sure the new one is really nice, so good job on that! But why put some other garage and lie it’s been “transformed” You can totally see those buildings are in different places!

  6. ohap33 says

    This is so amazing! Great use of a small space that otherwise would be wasted on hoarding stuff that doesn’t get used anymore. Would love to have a place like this to be used as a guest cottage.

  7. Joshua Ludd says

    I like the design, but I keep seeing all these loft sleeping spaces with ladders, and I can;t help but think that these are not spaces for anyone much beyond their 40s to live in.. at best.

  8. machinezeit says

    I must say what Richard said is exactly what I’m thinking, I’m single and have no kids. So this would be the ultimate living space for me. I could be so creatively inspired there, especially on rainy days. Awesome metamorphosis!

  9. me says

    @ Ben and Mia
    it seems that the before and after are different views of the house….one being the north side the other the south…i do not believe they are intentionally misrepresentative.just different views..one from the front the other from the back…however it does seem like there was an addition made

  10. says

    Hello Candace,
    You have a nice post. I love those beautiful pictures. I particularly love your well-organized kitchen. Great shot!

  11. Sue Jensen says

    I was delighted to view the garage living quarters. How much space we leave unused and this was just a great example of turning that around and making it a functional living space. Your paying taxes on it, it may as well be usable. Loved the creative flow. Thanks.

  12. says

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  13. says


    The pillows made out of old drawings are amazing. My Dad is a builder and still draws his plans by hand instead of using a CAD program. I can see us doing something like this sometime.

    Thanks for sharing.


  14. Jess says

    I only wish this was a full length story (or show!) detailing the whole start to finish! Awesome photos. I am so envious of this house! I probably spend 32,000 on rent in 2 years!

  15. Gisela says

    Esto si que es increible… que espacio tan hermoso asi pequeño me encanto..increible..hermosooo..felicito a quien realmente hiso esto..!!

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. says

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

  20. 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! :)

  21. 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.

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