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We all need our own territory to manage emotions. Even if it’s just a favorite chair to come back to. I have a chance to claim an underused garage and convert it into my own studio and home office. Hence,garage conversion design ideas.Actually, it’s not even a garage, just a storage dump. In other words, I can breathe new life into an unclaimed space. I can celebrate independence and self-sufficiency through design. And so can you. Just like me, you can create a quiet place with plenty of even, shadow-free light for sculpture or sewing. For example, just like me, you can set up a big project table and a wall of bookshelves.

Design ideas file tip #8 / garage conversion:


Problem: Underused.

garage conversion, architect on demand, advice without strings

converted garage

Solution: Double as a studio — multi-task, as usual.
 Allow new glass doors to fold back for occasional parking.
 Design lightweight flexible shelving to house books, reference materials.

garage conversion, architect on demand, advice without strings

home office

By the way, don’t forget to keep in mind those intermittent client presentations. Visitors to your workplace do not need to traipse through the main house to get to the meeting.
 Also, you might want to design a conference/work table on wheels for maneuverability.
(see more in ideaBOOK 03)

Added Benefit: Merging seamlessly with the garden; paradise found.

garage conversion, architect on demand, advice without strings

aluminum shelving

Just in case, this post is based on the ideaBOOK 01 Displaying & Organizing available for a free download. It also refers to ideaBOOK 03 Converting & Reorienting. Both of them are available for a free download here.

And… If you have any questions, please address them to me in your comments below. I am at your service as an online architectural consultant and DIY ally.


  • July 16, 2015

    I want my place remodeled! It’s so cramped in here. We do have a vacant garage. It would be great to convert it into something that works as well as yours. But I don’t even know where to begin. And cost is another variable that I would like to get a handle on. I would appreciate your input.

    • July 16, 2015

      Dear Adriana. Thank you for your comment and questions. You’ve come to the right place. My online consultancy specializes in helping people just like you. I would be happy to assist you with figuring out where to start and what it will take to accomplish. Have a look at my online architectural services fees here. If you have further questions, ask me here.

  • August 7, 2015

    Hello Alla! I was wondering if it would be possible for us to use your online architectural services. We are building a house and do need a full-time professional who can handle the project onsite, not virtually. However, it would be so helpful to have someone to turn to for a second non-bias opinion every once in a while. You seem very knowledgeable. I am impressed with your work. I like your vision and the way you approach problems. I would be very happy if you would agree to be “on our side’ when we need your expertise.

    • August 7, 2015

      Dear David! I wouldn’t want to step on anyone’s toes but understand that you are asking for something else. I hear you — you just want an occasional pep talk to set your mind at ease, to be reassured. I can do that, no problem. As the name implies, I am your ALLY!

  • August 10, 2015

    Truly beautiful! A table on wheels is such a clever idea!

    • August 10, 2015

      Thank you for your kind review, John. Mobile furniture is functional and versatile. I enjoy designing furniture that works overtime.

  • August 16, 2015

    Very inspirational design idea!

  • October 12, 2015

    So cool!

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