Small abode for the agile and unemcumbered
I restored this space -- basically the equivalent of two bays of a decrepid three bay garage -- into a studio apartment two years ago. The tenant has now left, so I had occasion to take some photos for craigslist, and I thought I would show off this small but extremely cool for the right person transformation.
Exterior after (flagstones need de-clovering)
I have no interior before photos. The space came with about 500 broken VCRs, so I assume it was once some kind of repair shop. The only windows were the clerestory windows in the faux garage door walls. It was dark.
The space became bi-level by reframing the hip roof to clear what had been beams across the room at ceiling level. The sleeping loft was created over the bathroom. The library ladder (which is really less tricky to use than one might think) also provides access to the "second story" storage.
The kitchen is based on a broken restaurant refrigerator unit, that now forms the base cabinets. Backsplash is slate. Upper cabinets, dishwasher, and fridge are painted russet to match. There is no oven provided, and a disposal is not even possible.
The bathroom has a great walk-in shower, a converted kitchen cart as a vanity, and and washer and dryer in a closet.
My very talented contractor is responsible for almost all the design and all of the construction and details. My only contribution was to insist a library ladder be used instead of some kind of constructed stairs, which would have taken up too much space.
Anyway, my city is now once again encouraging "auxillary dwellings," after discouraging them for a long while. This one is minimal in square feet but plenty big in style and mod cons, I think.
I am tickled russet with how it came out.