Need more space? Interested in building a guest cabin, hunting cabin or tiny home? Just want something affordable to live in? We’ve got you covered.
How about a garage to small home conversion? Existing garages are easy to transform – and new ones are easy to build. DoitYourself.com wrote a great article on garage to home conversions that gives a good overview of the subject. It can be much cheaper than adding on to your existing home (and certainly cheaper than building a new one!) since it does not call for expensive add-on foundations.
Here’s a few case studies from around the country for examples:
Microhouse, a group of “award-winning…architects, landscape architects, designers, and clients who are passionate about the design of small houses and their communities” as they put it, remade a small garage in Seattle into a 440 sp. ft. 1 bath 1 bed cabin made to give more room for a growing family and accommodate a resident with poor mobility.
Main takeaway: If you’re working on an existing garage, make sure the foundation is up to snuff. If it isn’t, it’s probably not work the trouble. Read the original story: Convert A Garage To A Small House
Also in the Seattle area, artist Michelle De la Vaga into 250 sq. ft. home with the add-on for a bathroom and raised the frame four feet for a sleeping loft. She also added an old wood stove and a number of other reclaimed items such as a metal ladder from a ship for the loft, a metal locker from an airline maintenance building and industrial latches for coat hooks. Read full story here.
Here’s a collection of pics for more ideas:
Houselogic put together a great slideshow on 11 Inspiring Garage Conversions. Here’s some of their pics for a preview:
Wondering where to start? Your local WBC has everything you need to do any kind of remodeling or construction, and we also offer several exclusive garage kits to pick from so you can get a jump start on the process. You can also contact our WBC Building Components plant if you want a panelized garage, which, especially if time is a big concern, has many advantages over conventional construction.