Dark unused garage is transformed into a cozy light-filled studio in San Francisco

July 31, 2017 by  
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The garage is the last place most people want to cozy up in, but that’s not so for the lucky owners of this beautiful garage-turned-studio space in San Francisco. Local architect Beverly Choe transformed an old, unused garage into the Clifford Studio, a dreamy, light-filled work studio and reading nook. Filled with suffused light and lined with timber, this adaptive reuse project is the perfect cozy hideout brought to life with minimalist decor with splashes of greenery and warm textures. The architect reimagined the garage, formerly a carriage house, as a “box for suffused light” painted shades of blue on the outside. A long skylight spans most of the building and natural light is filtered through the exposed beams that help minimize glare. Large glazed openings at the front and back of the studio let in more natural light and frame views of the outdoor sunken courtyard and garden. Board-formed concrete planters along the western and eastern sides of the courtyard relate to the timber-lined interior, creating a natural outdoor extension of the studio. The courtyard’s sunken profile also helps make the building appear taller. Related: Small and windowless garage in Lisbon transformed into an elegant modern loft Completed over the course of a year-and-a-half, the converted garage makes the most of a small space with the solid oak casework that forms walls of shelves, furnishings, and hidden storage. A blue-tiled bathroom is hidden off on the side of the oak paneling. The minimalist interior is open and airy and allows for flexibility of use, from a reading room to artist’s work studio. The architect treated natural light as a crucial material in the design process. + Beverly Choe Via Dwell Images by Mariko Reed

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Small and windowless garage in Lisbon transformed into an elegant modern loft

February 8, 2017 by  
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Living in a garage isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but an open-minded couple manages to pull it off with style in Lisbon. Local design studio Fala Atelier was asked to convert a 200-square-meter windowless garage into the couple’s new abode. The result is a dramatic transformation from a lifeless gray garage into a bright and contemporary house that still retains a parking spot for the couple’s car. Since the architects weren’t able to add windows on any of the walls besides the entrance, they painted the walls white and created an open-plan living area to create a sense of spaciousness. The ceiling is also painted white and punctuated with large redesigned skylights. The floor is covered in polished concrete to create a neutral base to balance the vibrant pops of colorful furniture. Decoration is kept to a minimum to reduce clutter and large aquamarine curtains allow the homeowners to cordon off spaces as needed. Related: Old garage is transformed into a daylit, treehouse-like library “The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasising its strength,” write the architects. “While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract.” The L-shaped home is entered through a long hallway that then opens up to a large living area. Two bathrooms are tucked behind a curved wall built to replace a broken corner. Limited furnishings and freestanding elements allow the homeowners to easily rearrange the interior space. + Fala Atelier Via ArchDaily Images © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Why Tesla’s SolarCity bid is more than a family affair

June 22, 2016 by  
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The combined clean energy giant could result in a “one-stop shop” for solar homes with an electric car in the garage. But that’s not all.

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How To Give Your Bathroom A ‘Go Green’ Makeover

June 22, 2016 by  
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If you’re an eco friendly individual looking to go green, there are a few obvious places to start — perhaps you create a recycling command center in the garage, outfit your backyard with a compost bin, and stock your fridge and pantry with…

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How To Choose An Energy-Efficient Garage Door

April 7, 2016 by  
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In the quest for an energy-efficient home, many people overlook the importance of an energy-efficient garage door. If your garage is attached to your house, not having a properly insulated door can mean heated or cooled air is escaping—especially…

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8 Interactive Ways To Teach Children About Earth Day

April 7, 2016 by  
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Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd of each year, which is right around the corner. The day is meant to show support for a variety of environmental concerns and ways that we can help keep earth clean and healthy. In its concept stages, Earth Day…

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This guy is building a warp drive – in his garage

January 2, 2015 by  
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What do you do in your spare time? Watch TV? Play basketball? Knit? If you’re David Pares of Omaha, Nebraska, you work on condensing the fabric of space time – in your garage. Despite a lack of any funding or academic help of any kind, Pares spends a couple of hours every day working on the world’s first warp drive . In his humble garage, half of which is still devoted to a car, he has come up with an instrument made of fractal arrays and V-shaped panels – which according to Pares, is a low-powered warp drive motor. Read the rest of This guy is building a warp drive – in his garage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerospace engineering , aerospace technology , David Pares , nasa , Nebraska , omaha , space , space travel , warp drive , warp drive garage

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i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

October 10, 2014 by  
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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

June 27, 2014 by  
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Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they decided to cover it with a corrugated polycarbonate transparent panel to transform it into a greenhouse . Suntuf was chosen because it’s guaranteed to withstand serious hail… and who ever said that roofs have to be opaque? They peeled off the old tar and rotten plywood, kept the preserved beams, added some purlins, and the polycarbonate panels went up in a single weekend. Fast forward to spring: The warm, light-filled garage was ideal for jumpstarting the short Canadian growing season with seeds and seedlings. Now it’s the full height of summer, and the mosquito-free greenhouse is full of tomato , cucumber, pepper, and basil plants; an ideal place for hanging out in with friends and cool beverages. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Calgary , diy greenhouse , Garage , garage transformation , garden , Gardening , green house , greenhouse , new garage , new greenhouse , seedlings , Urban Farming , urban food , urban gardening

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

June 27, 2014 by  
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