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Woman Turns Historic Garage into Little House

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I just got an email from Donna who is the owner of this wonderful historic home near downtown Atlanta, Georgia where she converted the separated garage structure into a little house.

She has rented it for many years now and even lived in it for 6 months while she was having her main home renovated. It started out as a one level one bedroom one bathroom apartment over the garage.

Last year, since one of the garage spaces was never really being used, she decided to turn it into a second bedroom with a bathroom to better meet the needs of her renters. Take a look below and if you’d like to you can even consider renting it below.

The suite is named in memory of the owner’s Russian Wolfhound, Princess Cathryn Natasha. I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I did!

Natasha’s Suite: Historic Garage to Little House Conversion


Images © Natasha’s Suite

The property is secured with a six foot iron fence and ADT security. Please enjoy the full tour below:


It’s an electric gate with battery backup and renters get an automatic opener 🙂


The property has lots of mature trees and plants all around it as you’ll see. The main house to the left was built in 1905 by Atlanta’s Willis Denny.


That’s China Doll enjoying the yard on a snowy day 🙂


The entry to the guest cottage is on the lower level and all doors are wired with ADT security.


You can actually drive your car right up to the main door too so it’s very convenient.


The staircase leads you to the upper level and the door on the right takes you to a private deck that faces west.


The view above is from the top level looking down to the door that leads out to the deck which I’ll show you below.

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There are three large skylights providing lots of natural light during the day.


Above is a view of the eat in bar covered with ceramic tile.


The door on the left is the laundry room which I’ll show you later on below. The door to the right is the upstairs bathroom.

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These are pocket doors that lead to the bedroom upstairs. These doors help separate the space between the living room and the bedroom.

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More skylights in the room too! 🙂

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Large walk in closet in the upstairs bedroom.


Classic victorian style bathroom upstairs.

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And the laundry room I talked about below..

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Above is the ‘garage space’ that was recently converted into a second bedroom (and bathroom) with plenty of storage space.


Another unique space saving sliding door to the bathroom below (this is so cool).

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Images © Natasha’s Suite

Natasha’s Suite Carriage House apartment is a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom townhouse apartment located in historic Inman Park, Atlanta GA. It will be available June 1, 2014 The main house was built in 1905 by Atlanta’s premier turn of the century architect, Willis F. Denny. The carriage house was built by the current owner in 1992 using the same Edwardian period style as the main house. The property has been featured on the Inman Park Tour of Homes for three years and in 1999 was a winner of NARI (National Assoc. of the Remodeling Industry) for excellence in historic renovation.

Read more: http://www.natashasuite.com/

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Cahow
    August 27, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Perfect. Just perfect!
    I can so easily see how this charmer has won so many awards!
    THIS is a lesson to those folks that don’t feel that TINY deserves artistic touches! 1) Love the bumper guards for the corners and that they chose to highlight them with the teal paint. 2) Love the extra detailing that they did with the tile entryway. Most people would have done a plain ol’ boring tile job. These people did the insert (resembling a door mat) and then did some fine tiling around the perimeter. 3) They used every available space in the angled eaves. 4) Just enough colour to make it interesting without blasting your brain out of your skull! 5) The repurposing of the ironwork around the sink is genius and the tiny additional touch of the yellow painted daisy brought a nice 😀 to my face! 6) Sweet touch of the stained glass magnolia blossom attached to the railing, outside. 7) Bead board and pocket doors galore.

    Yup. I’m sold. A+++ in design and follow through. Well done, Alex, for posting this article and to the designers, as well. Thank you for sharing your treasure. 😀

  • Cahow
    August 27, 2014, 5:27 pm

    For those that love statistics, here they are. Also, there are NO additional photos of furniture because it’s being rented as a house, so the renter will need to furnish it.

    Features Upstairs:
    •Bedroom #1 with pocket doors opening to living room
    •Victorian bath & claw foot tub with standing & handheld shower
    •Washer & dryer
    •Gourmet kitchen with Jenn Air appliances
    •Three sky lights with plenty of sunshine
    •Built-in dining bar

    Features Downstairs:
    •Bedroom #2 spacious & private with separate heating & air
    •Bath with walk-in shower and turn of the century period fixtures

    Other Features:
    •ADT security with property protected by iron fence and automatic gate
    •Off-street parking for two vehicles
    •Private deck overlooking seasonal gardens
    •Ceramic tile throughout
    •Custom lighting in LR and both BR’s
    •Ample closets and storage
    •One of a kind design with airy seaside paint scheme

    Need to Know – Available Now:
    •Monthly rent $1650
    •Rent includes water & HD cable tv
    •Renter pays electricity – avg. $85 – $90
    •One year lease
    •Security deposit $800
    •Well behaved pets considered

    Natasha’s Suite is named in memory of the owner’s beloved Russian Wolfhound, Princess Cathryn Natasha. Enjoy the slide show below for a preview of Natasha’s Suite.

    • Alex
      August 27, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Paul
    August 28, 2014, 12:47 am

    That. Is. Awe. Some.

    WOW!!! Total class and I’d suspect they dropped a bundle of money on that outfitting.

    If you go to their website they have 69 (YES 69) photos of the place.

    To all you sentimental traditionalists, prepare to enter Nirvana. : )

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