Detached Garaged Clad in Whitewashed Wood Shingles
A detached garage with wood shingle facade painted in white evokes the look of a carriage house and echoes the style of the adjacent French country-style home. Above the garage is a small guest apartment with a balcony from which to enjoy views of the wooded property in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 5400 sq. ft. Craftsman style beachfront home features a perfectly paved driveway with a detached garage for three. The unique Cedar shake roofing and white trim matches the design of the main home.
Country-Style Garage With Pitched Roof, Rustic Wood Beams
Thanks to its pitched roof, lightly-colored shingles and rustic wood beams, this converted garage feels right at home in its country setting. A long gravel driveway leads directly to the structure and so helps protect the carefully manicured grass from tire tracks.
Sometimes, real estate brokers have to get creative to market a house. "This home in Oakland, California, was a tiny two-bedroom of about 900 square feet," says Jennifer Montague Clark of The Home Co. "To maximize resale value, we felt we had to show buyers the garage’s untapped potential. We painted it white to emphasize how light and bright it was, then staged a day bed and game table to illustrate potential uses." Take these tips to your own home (whether it’s for sale or not): A fresh coat of paint works wonders, as do some colorful furnishings and accessories—no major investment required.
The owner of this multipurpose space wanted to use his garage for more than just vehicle storage. Designer Jeanne L. Griggs treated the room—which houses workout equipment, a dog kennel with outdoor access and space for two cars—to a mix of rich details, including custom cabinetry, a stainless steel refrigerator, granite countertops and a TV and sound system for workout entertainment.
"This living space was created with flexibility in mind," says architect Jennifer Martin of the cozy-cool hangout space she created for a family in Arroyo Grande, California. "Polished concrete floors give the room maximum durability but a finished look, and the door openers are both sleek and quiet."
A durable countertop creates a versatile workstation for DIY projects that require more focused time and attention. Simple cabinets provide ample storage to tuck away projects and tools at the end of the day.