Spacious Studio
Janet M.
2-Car Garage

Spacious Studio

Janet is a retired law officer who wanted to add a steady stream of income by converting her garage into a rental unit. The attached garage allowed Otto to utilize the existing beam as its main structure. The studio features Otto's Contemporary trim option with custom brass fixtures. Vaulted ceilings with skylights help the space feel spacious and bright. The windows were chosen to match the existing house and a private entrance was created through the back of the old garage. The unit features built-in closet as well as a built-in dishwasher.

The Existing Conditions

  • Privacy and amenities were key requirements for future rental use
  • The existing attached garage had high ceilings and an original redwood ridge beam — the kind you can’t buy today

The Design Decisions

  • Otto carefully considered the plan with privacy and rentability in mind, studio with a privacy screen for the bed, and a separate entrance for the future tenant
  • This unit comes well-equipped with a full kitchen, dishwasher, laundry, and fantastic built-ins
  • Otto cleaned up the existing redwood beam and added skylights to create a dramatic space on a budget
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