DIY garage conversion design ideas

Underused Garage Transformation: Creative Space Design Ideas (part eight)


We all need our own territory to manage emotions. I noticed that I tend to sit in the same chair over and over again in classrooms. Apparently, it’s important to me to have a place to return to, to claim as my own.

Perhaps I can convert our storage dump of a garage into my home office. I can breathe new life into an unclaimed space. I can celebrate independence and self-sufficiency through design. So can you. You can create a quiet place with plenty of even, shadow-free light for sculpture or sewing. With big project table and a wall of bookshelves.

Hence, today’s design tip:

AUGMENT & ALIGN (garage conversion design idea)

Problem: Underused.

DIY garage conversion design ideas

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.

DIY garage conversion design ideas
storage wall

Keep in mind intermittent client presentations (visitors to my workplace do not need to traipse through the main house to get there).
 Design a conference/work table on wheels for maneuverability.
(see more in ideaBOOK 03)

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

DIY garage conversion design ideas
shelving systematized — alignment

This post is based on the ideaBOOK 01 Displaying & Organizing available for a free download here. It also refers to ideaBOOK 03 Converting & Reorienting available for a free download here.

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.



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  1. Adriana says:

    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.

    1. 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.

  2. David says:

    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.

    1. 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!

  3. John says:

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

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

  4. Mira says:

    Very inspirational design idea!

    1. Thanks you, Mira. There is many more to come. Keep reading.

  5. Jane says:

    So cool!