"Some of the best garage conversions are those that take long-term uses and versatility into account," says Ron Cohen, CEO of Garage Conversions. "By creating a space that is updated, modern and yet leaves plenty of room for changes, you really can't lose." One essential, says Cohen: glass doors to let in plenty of natural light.
With a 22,000-square-foot home, the owners of this lot also needed plenty of room to park their cars. Thus, a four-stall garage was added to the far end of the drive, with white-and-metal doors for privacy.
Exterior lighting mounted underneath the roof overhang gives the house a warm, welcoming glow. A frosted glass garage door lets in filtered natural light during the day and blends in with the home's black grid windows when illuminated at night.
The homeowners wanted an open great room built for entertaining with a strong connection to the outdoors. The design team accomplished these goals with a custom-designed catwalk that opens the two-story space to the upstairs and 10-foot sliding glass doors that lead to a covered patio. A 26-foot structural beam crafted from steel ties in the upstair's perforated steel railing.
This stainless steel refrigerator is framed with a contemporary china cabinet highlighted by in shelf lighting for a bright, eye-catching look. Glass doors showcase the elegant dish display inside forming a creative and unique accent wall.
A front courtyard doubles as an opportunity to enhance curb appeal and define the entry sequence as a unique experience. A concrete walkway steps up from the driveway and meets in the front yard to move toward the front door. Uncovered windows allow the warm indoor lighting to be visible outside connecting the interior and exterior.
The Noho Duplex in New York City has street level entry. With the windows on the front exterior of the space, this left little room for privacy in the home's previous design. The homeowners wanted an industrial feel for their home, so they wanted to stick with a more modern design and didn't want the clutter of having to hang curtains to get privacy, so designers created a two-fold privacy plan. First, they replaced the homes existing windows with frosted paned windows to obscure the view from the street. Then, they added custom fabricated, full height, glazed steel bi-fold doors with frosted glass panels to create a sort of "foyer" in the space. These doors are retractable, so once the family is in for they night, they can fold up the doors and enjoy the open spaces in their home.
The floral pattern of the tile beautifully blends the black marble countertop with the cabinets framing the backsplash section. A stainless steel range hood hangs over the double oven set up with mounted sconces providing extra lighting in the nook.
A glass door opens into this spacious walk in shower. The three remaining walls are covered in white subway tile for a bright and spacious feel. Small white and gray square tile flooring compliments the monochromatic design. A built in cubby and small corner bench create easy storage and use throughout the space.
The restaurant features an original garage door that opens to allow an indoor-outdoor experience for guests seated at the walnut counter. The steel and glass door pairs with steel and wood barstools and an exposed brick wall for an ultra-industrial look.
A centrally located wine room, constructed of glass and steel to coordinate with the building's existing garage doors, makes a grand statement in the restaurant's dining area. An original brick wall serves as a backdrop for the glowing display.