This 470 square foot garage conversion is on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, BC and the owners converted it into a rental space on Airbnb as a form of house hacking to help pay their mortgage!
It’s kind of like a micro cabin but instead of being out in the woods, it’s in a backyard and close to stores and other services.
470-sq.-ft. Garage Turned Cottage, on Airbnb
Inside, it’s an open concept studio with an incredible interior design. The exposed concrete floors and corrugated metal ceiling keep the rustic feel of the garage, and the high windows bring in lots of light but they also provide privacy which is great since the main house is nearby.
They used some interior design techniques to help to distinguish each space so that it doesn’t feel cluttered. In the kitchen, the island serves as a natural barrier, in the living room, it’s the large area rug that outlines the space, and in the bedroom, there’s a large painting and an open-air closet to delineate the sleeping area.
Some advantages of open concept spaces are that they feel more spacious, they use fewer materials for things like walls, it can be easier to bring in natural light, and you need fewer fixtures, like ceiling fans for example.
Some disadvantages of open-concept spaces are that they can lack privacy, noise travels easily, and cooking smells don’t stay in the kitchen. But lots of people and even families make it work all the time!
Converting a garage space, or adding an accessory dwelling or laneway house to a property is something that we’re seeing in cities more and more. The upside is that it densifies the population in an urban area which can help prevent a city from sprawling out, and it can increase the number of short and long-term rentals available in the area. The downside is that these secondary dwelling units usually can’t be purchased separately from the main house, so they don’t create new homeownership opportunities.
It’s not a perfect solution to the housing crisis, but it does create new rental spaces, and it can help make cities more sustainable.
VIDEO: 470sf Garage Converted into AMAZING Modern Living Space – Tiny Home Tour
- Garage Conversion Tour on YouTube
- Garage Conversion on Airbnb
- Exploring Alternatives on YouTube
- The garage was built by Blenheim Construction Ltd. and John Lieffers did the finishing
- The large painting in the bedroom was done by Ben Tour
Our big thanks to Exploring Alternatives on YouTube for sharing!🙏
You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks!
If you enjoyed this you’ll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more!
You can also join our Small House Newsletter!
Also, try our Tiny Houses For Sale Newsletter! Thank you!
See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses
Latest posts by Danielle Chabassol (see all)
- One of a Kind School Bus Tiny House Conversion Built with Salvaged Materials - November 30, 2021
- Modern Prefab Tiny House Makes a Quick and Easy Dwelling Alternative - October 19, 2021
- VIDEO: Living in an Epic Truck House Built for Off-Grid Overland Adventures - June 8, 2021