Get­away Garage

El­e­vat­ing a space from grunge to glam

Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottage -

The transformation of this Span­ish bun­ga­low ex­tends to the land­scap­ing of the front yard and the in­te­rior of a garage that needed a spe­cial dose of TLC. “Houses in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia are so ex­pen­sive th­ese days,” Ju­lia says. “When I re­store a home, I want to max­i­mize the square footage as much as pos­si­ble, so home­own­ers get more space for the price.” Ju­lia up­dated the garage not only to use for stor­age, but also as a cozy re­treat. So what did it take to com­plete this pro­ject?

1. Cre­ative vi­sion. “It’s great to park a car in a garage, but it can be so much more than that,” Ju­lia says. “An of­fice space, a guest­house or just a sit­ting area; I wanted to cre­ate pos­si­bil­i­ties.” With this vi­sion in mind, Ju­lia cleared out the garage, gave it fresh paint and French doors to match those used in the house.

2. Mak­ing so­lu­tions. Like many de­sign­ers who re­store old homes, Ju­lia was aware that wa­ter could be a home’s worst en­emy. “There were a lot of big rains dur­ing this pro­ject, and there were concerns about the lack of drainage around the prop­erty.” Ju­lia and her team raised the pitch of the con­crete in or­der to dis­cour­age wa­ter from run­ning down the drive­way into the garage. They added sev­eral drains sur­round­ing the garage and drive­way to keep un­wanted wa­ter out.

3. Per­sonal touches. Ju­lia fin­ished up this pro­ject the same way she re­stored the in­te­rior of the home: with love and care. “I added bright, happy col­ors through­out the space be­cause I want the home­own­ers to love this place as much as I do,” Ju­lia says. She in­cluded her own furniture and ac­ces­sories so that po­ten­tial buy­ers could see the many pos­si­bil­i­ties this new garage space held.

|TOP| STYLE AND STRUC­TURE. Some much-needed drainage im­prove­ments were made to the area sur­round­ing the up­dated garage. Ju­lia and her team cre­ated a new drive­way that slanted slightly up­hill to dis­cour­age flood­ing, and put in drains through­out to keep away un­wanted wa­ter.

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