Homeowner Martin Brown moved to Portland, Oregon over 20 years ago because he was attracted to the city’s vibe. When he had a son, his mother-in-law experienced FOMO, (fear of missing out) and wanted to live close by. Since moving back wasn’t an option for Martin, he found a win-win way to make all of them happy. Check out the fascinating garage transformation he completed in his home to always have the perfect baby-sitter close by.
When Martin’s son was born, his grandma wanted to live closer to her daughter’s family to spend more time with her grandchild. Martin came up with a great idea that would transform their lives—and their garage, for that matter.
Martin decided to turn their useless garage into a cozy home for his mother-in-law to live in. He had to create a plan to make it cozy, useful and suitable for someone to actually live in it comfortably.
EXTREME MAKEOVER, DIY EDITION
After a year of planning, the construction began and it lasted about six months because every little detail was well thought out. He kept the concrete floors because of their durable material, but changed everything else.
In order to save extra space, the living room area serves a double purpose. Thanks to its expandable couch, it can either be a guest room or simply a relaxing space to read or look out the window.
EASY AS 1, 2, KITCHEN!
Next to the sitting area, the kitchen has countertops made of concrete. Martin installed a small fridge, two burner stoves and an ingenious rack for dishes and cookware; plus, there are no cabinet doors to make looking for items more accessible.
BEDROOM AND BEYOND
The loft space above adds an extra touch of privacy to this grandma’s new home. There’s enough room for a bed, a closet, and a bookshelf.
Because of its proximity to the home and next-door neighbors, this unit has no windows in order to have more privacy. Outside, added planters and a walkway add more privacy. The objective was to make grandma feel as independent as possible.
AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Since there are no windows, skylights and large glass doors were installed to give the garage a sense of home. Also, a port hole in the ceiling allows light to enter from the skylight above, which in turn bring light to the kitchen area.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Even the stairs that connect the two floors are designed to save space. They have alternating tread stairs, taking up less room but are still achieving its purpose and are easy for the grandson to climb.
GARAGE TURNED COTTAGE
Martin successfully managed to transform his 1920s garage into an elegant 1-bathroom guest cottage for his mother-in-law. Her proximity to her grandchild’s house made her extremely happy—and landed Martin the perfect nanny. Talk about a genius win-win situation, huh!