When starting to renovate your home there is a space that must not be forgotten, the garage.

You may think of the garage only as a place of storage, but in reality, you are using this space more than you may realize. It is a place of work, reflection, and transition and therefore should no longer be treated as an afterthought or as a separate entity of your home. The garage is a space that is every bit as deserving in your future renovations as your bathroom or kitchen.

As luxury garages become the natural next renovation step clients, especially men, are starting to enjoy these spaces as part of their home and it is important as you go through your design process that your garage is envisioned into a livable and functional space. A garage can be more than a place to store miscellaneous objects and vehicles. For our Cochrane renovation project Bearspaw Summit clients, it was important for the garage to serve as a practical space that could be both garage and additional living quarters for guests.

The Guest Quarters

The garage and guest quarters are connected to the main house through a large long hallway. This threshold keeps an open connection between the two distinct spaces allowing for the feeling of privacy and union. By extending the polished concrete floors and wood ceiling from the garage through to the hallway, this allows for a gradual transition connecting the separate spaces and prolonging the experience of entering the home. Through means of glazing and timber framing detailing, this threshold breaks the barrier of interior and exterior, giving the feeling of still being connected to the outdoors as you enter the home.

The Garage Extension

Once in the garage extension, there are three clearly defined spaces, all while keeping an open concept feeling through the use of interior glazing as well as the extension and crossover of materials between the spaces. Natural wood paired with contrasting metals depicts the connection between living space and the industrial nature of the automobile and lower garage. In this garage, we were able to create an overhead living space that supports both style and functional living. The upper guest quarters is a full open concept, equipped with a kitchenette, full bath, spacious living room and bedroom area. Allowing for guests to truly feel at home with their own personal, stylish living space.

As for the garage space itself, it is home to the client’s most prized possessions. Interior windows and glazed doors allow for the space to be more open so that the garage doesn’t become a closed off space. This openness creates an opportunity for the client’s possessions to be on proper display. As well as placing the memorabilia items in picture frames, each item is then granted purpose and a unique space of its own, bringing importance and meaning to each individual item.

By giving attention to this garage renovation the result is a spectacular contemporary space that functions as extra living quarters, entry to the home that is truly inspiring, and garage space that complements its possessions and home. This allows collective honesty between functional living and supreme comforts of home design translating the garage into a livable solution.