Studio living in a converted garage | HEARTH Studio
One Melbourne resident didn’t let the city’s high property prices keep her from having a home of her own. On finding that she could not afford to buy, Alex Kennedy turned her eye toward the old two-car garage behind her mother’s house (and Alex’s own childhood home). Though small, the garage was conveniently located in a central Melbourne neighborhood. Deciding that it would make a comfortable backyard cottage, she enlisted the help of designer Sarah Trotter of HEARTH Studio to create an attractive, functional living space within the confined footprint.
Alex had a limited budget, much of which had to go toward replacing the roof and installing plumbing and electrical services, leaving very little money to redo the inside. Fortunately the original brick walls were in good condition and provided a visually-appealing base to build upon. They removed most of one wall to install a large window and French doors facing the garden, letting light flood into the small living space.
Plywood was used to finish the ceiling between the original Douglas-fir beams. Almost everything that went into the tiny home — plumbing fixtures, lighting, windows, doors, countertops, lumber — was salvaged, obtained by searching through demolition yards and recycling centers. Alex even found a clawfoot bathtub nice enough to be put on display in the living area. A bathroom vanity that looks more like a bar is also open to view. Only the toilet was enclosed, maximizing the living space.
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