Seattle 1920’s Garage Converted Into Cozy Tiny House

This cosy getaway was once a dilapidated auto repair garage, but thanks to the efforts of SHED Architecture & Design, it was transformed into a comfortable tiny house. Set in Seattle, the garage was originally built in the 1920’s and was in a poor state of repair after decades of use as a mechanics shop.

 

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The entire building was supported by rotten wooden posts, and was leaning to one side. According to SHED architect, Thomas Schaer, “it had a dark and creepy vibe”, and was so unstable a “tremor could have easily toppled it.”

 

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But Schaer was able to see through the issues, and set off on an ambitious design-build project to restore and transform the garage. Over the course of three years, he carried out works intermittently, sourcing reclaimed materials from construction sites to save costs.

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The result is a 320 square foot (30 square meter) tiny house that features a mix of old and new: “We sought to interweave new and old so that one wouldn’t quite know where the old stopped and the new began.” The approximate cost of the works came to $35,000 (excluding labor).

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The house, like most small spaces, contains an open plan interior. The living room, dining room and kitchen can be found to one end of the house. A central partition encloses the bathroom, with a study space behind it. The loft serves as a snug spot for sleeping, and according to Schaer, “increases the perceived size of the interior.”

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The building is lined with windows on one side that provide ample natural light, which, with the white finish of the interior, helps the space to feel larger. The garage now serves as an energy-efficient studio rental (although I didn’t find any information on the energy-efficient part).

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Photos: SHED

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

3 Comments
  1. I like it but have some questions and comments. What is the dimensions of the closet space? Is there any other space for your clothes especially for the ladies of the house? dresses, coats etc.

    I would have added another book shelved in the back of the living room furniture or possibly brought it to the floor with bookcase space. My other question is the space in the kitchen area. Is that storage area , drawers near the sink or just a blank wall? If a blank wall, possibly put a thin shelving unit where you could your cans and dishes with railing across. Adds charm.

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