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Garage Converted To A Modern Small House

Watch how this garage was turned into an ultra luxurious modern small house by French architect firm Fabre de Marien.

The garage is in Bordeaux, France. Since it’s a double car garage it adds up to 441 square feet of space. I think you’ll be amazed with the results.

You’ll notice the use of glass doors helps the space look and feel much larger than it is. And I just love the wood flooring and exterior on the front, don’t you?

You can’t tell when you see the picture from the front but the roof actually slants upwards as you go back which you can actually see in the interior pictures. There’s even a sleeping loft up top.

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House
“Before” shot

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

The floor to ceiling windows in the front make up for the lack of natural lighting throughout the rest of the structure. Besides the ceiling window in the sleeping loft (you’ll see later).

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

More features of the home include…

  • Built in patio
  • Shower
  • Washing machine
  • Dressing room
  • Sofa bed
  • Office area
  • Storage space
  • Staircase to sleeping loft
  • Kitchen

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

Garage Conversion to Modern Small House

Would you live in this garage?

Via ReflexDeco and HomeDSGN

Photos thanks to Fabre de Marien

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  • Avatar Cherie April 5, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Yes! I would live in this! It is gorgeous!

  • Avatar ginmar April 5, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Oh, boy, I LOVE the loft. But I’m biased—I love lofts.

  • Avatar Lone Eagle April 5, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Yes I woud as lona as it were mine ans designed for a handicap person. This one is real nice.

    • Avatar Paul July 10, 2014, 12:48 am

      Ah, the stairs to the sleeping zone upstairs might be just a very slight problem then….

  • Avatar BigWarpGuy April 5, 2011, 8:59 pm

    I would definitely live there. It is very cozy and hip.

  • Avatar Elina April 5, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I just downsized my live/work space from 800 to about 400sq feet, and I couldn’t be happier. I love smaller spaces and this garage looks great!

  • Avatar Art Carlson April 5, 2011, 10:54 pm

    I would live there in a heartbeat! The size is just about perfect and it’s design more than makes up for its lack of portability.

    This might be the pinnacle of urban living!

  • Avatar Sonia April 6, 2011, 6:20 am

    simply gorgeous, love the modern minimalist aesthetic.

  • Avatar Tonie April 6, 2011, 8:25 am

    I certainly would live in this space.
    I’d thoroughly enjoy it as well.

  • Avatar Alex April 6, 2011, 11:42 am

    Elina, I love your hats. That’s great that you were able to cut your home’s size in half. Is there anywhere that I can see your new place online?

  • Avatar Leslie April 18, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I would move in ASAP!!! Gorgeous use of space – so much light, clean yet cozy – LOVE this conversion!

  • Avatar di May 1, 2011, 4:39 am

    Converting a garage also saves money by making use of adjacent plumbing.

  • Avatar di May 1, 2011, 4:55 am

    To save floor space:

    *Try underbed pull-out drawers/boxes/baskets.
    *Tables and desks are not always needed – use your lap.
    *Stackable pans and dry goods may require one kitchen cupboard.
    *Try a small corner sink in the bathroom with towel shelves over the toilet.

  • Avatar di May 1, 2011, 5:02 am

    Rather than lighting, try an additional skylight in the kitchen.

    • Avatar Paul September 30, 2014, 12:06 am

      Ah yes, I can see it now, cooking by moonlight. Not very practical, but so utterly romantic, until you’ve burnt the dinner, or something’s caught fire.

      Nah, I say keep the lights for the kitchen.

  • Avatar Alex May 4, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I love it too Leslie, really is a gorgeous conversion.

  • Avatar Alex May 4, 2011, 10:18 pm

    Hi Di, as always, thank you so much for sharing your useful ideas!

  • Avatar Michele March 20, 2012, 6:55 pm

    I would live in this space in a heartbeat! I could live in many of the tiny homes I have seen, but wouldn’t/couldn’t with my husband. This one would definitely be a contender. I love the multi-functional furniture/bath/bed block, and would be interested in seeing the plans for that.Expensive, to be sure, but worth every penny.

  • Avatar carrie adams June 9, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Hell YES…where do I sign up?????

    My darling husband does not worry about me falling for another man…he worries about my love affair with tiny homes……

    • Avatar Paul September 30, 2014, 12:08 am

      …and so he should, you tiny home hussy you! LOL

  • Avatar Ricky November 15, 2012, 12:59 pm

    but how much $$$ is the wooden unit? the sofa, desk, bathroom, bedroom one. and where can one be purchased

    • Avatar Donatella May 30, 2014, 11:32 am

      I’ve seen this before; the inside wall unit that combines the kitchen, bathroom, upstairs bedroom and storage was a custom job and was *very* pricey. If I remember correctly at least $50K. But, it’s the vast majority of the house, too. Seems like there would be a business renovating and converting garages given the response to this, especially in expensive housing markets like Paris, NY, LA or San Francisco.

      • Avatar Paul September 30, 2014, 12:11 am

        I believe that this could be done relatively cheaply (relative being a very relative word mind you) if the walls etc were cut using CNC equipment and could fit together by interlocking.

        Similar in concept to SIP construction but without all the screws and bolts that they use when using the panels for a House.

  • Avatar Cliff Carlton April 23, 2014, 9:42 am

    In a heartbeat. I love small/tiny homes. Have become obsessed with them over the last couple years. Every time I move to a new apartment it gets smaller. I so want a tiny house of my own.

  • Avatar Denise June 1, 2014, 6:51 am

    This whole thing is amazing – very well designed. The loft is so well done and almost a ‘hidden secret’ – clever. I love the storage up there also – unobtrusive, but a lot of it.

  • Avatar Paul July 10, 2014, 12:51 am

    Would I live there? Absolutey Freaking YES! If… only if, I could speak French of course… ; )

  • Avatar ROSEE January 19, 2017, 4:40 pm

    Beautifully done! Amazing what ideas one can come up with to fix up any old building or garage, etc. Modern, clean and efficient. Three thumbs up!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 20, 2017, 9:56 am

      Gotta love ingenuity!

  • Avatar wendy peterson January 20, 2017, 1:15 am

    Need a downstairs sleeper. Also, looks way too expensive for what it is. Exterior could use some greenery like a hanging or ‘wall garden’, or something similar. My biggest concern would be safety. Looks too easy for someone to break in.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 20, 2017, 9:41 am

      I do love greenery 🙂

    • Avatar Kay February 4, 2017, 11:21 am

      When I look at the exterior photo, I can see a door handle.
      I think that it is a giant sliding door, so when the resident isn’t there, the former garage is secure behind the solid door, and the locking glass doors.

  • Avatar ZACHARY E MOHRMANN January 20, 2017, 6:38 am

    Very creative to build the multi functional loft, couch, and Kitchen block inside this garage…. It really makes this retro fit pop…! Very well done…!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 20, 2017, 9:18 am

      It was quite the piece of furniture! Exquisite 🙂

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