Attached Garage Conversion with Farmhouse Exterior

Designer: Cat Schmidt
Location: Olympic Hills, Seattle, WA
Scope: Garage Conversion to Living Space, Exterior Remodel
Sustainability: 80-90% recycle rate, LED lighting, low-VOC paint, Energy Star rated ventilation fan, mini-split air conditioner

For some Seattle homeowners, a garage is not as critical as living space. It’s becoming increasingly popular for homeowners to convert their garages into finished space, leaving the parking to either the driveway or the street. Converting an attached garage is a great way to utilize space that is already built into the home. By finishing a garage conversion with insulation and modern amenities, it’s possible to add square footage to your home without building starting from scratch.

This north Seattle home was a perfect candidate for a garage conversion. With plenty of driveway and street parking, there was no real need for a garage. A larger, brighter living room was the main priority. During the conversion, the homeowner also wanted to give exterior of the home a much needed refresh.

 

Three large skylights were installed on the sloped roof, as well as a picture window in the front. To add even more natural light, we installed a considerable exterior transom window above the new french doors on the right side of the house. Frosted privacy film was added to all of the side entrance glass, allowing light to flood in while obscuring any view of the inside.

Weathered and failing siding was replaced with a new exterior. On the left side of the house, we installed board and batten to add some architectural interest to the structure. It’s a high-contrast look with matte black window trim and bright blue doors, but also a timeless color combination. From the outside, the home looks larger and more modern. On the inside, the tall living room ceilings and additional windows light up the new space.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography

Before

For some Seattle homeowners, a garage is not as critical as living space. It’s becoming increasingly popular for homeowners to convert their garages into finished space, leaving the parking to either the driveway or the street. Converting an attached garage is a great way to utilize space that is already built into the home. By finishing a garage conversion with insulation and modern amenities, it’s possible to add square footage to your home without building starting from scratch.

This north Seattle home was a perfect candidate for a garage conversion. With plenty of driveway and street parking, there was no real need for a garage. A larger, brighter living room was the main priority. During the conversion, the homeowner also wanted to give exterior of the home a much needed refresh.

Three large skylights were installed on the sloped roof, as well as a picture window in the front. To add even more natural light, we installed a considerable exterior transom window above the new french doors on the right side of the house. Frosted privacy film was added to all of the side entrance glass, allowing light to flood in while obscuring any view of the inside.

Weathered and failing siding was replaced with a new exterior. On the left side of the house, we installed board and batten to add some architectural interest to the structure. It’s a high-contrast look with matte black window trim and bright blue doors, but also a timeless color combination. From the outside, the home looks larger and more modern. On the inside, the tall living room ceilings and additional windows light up the new space.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography