Megan's Chic Converted Garage

Megan's Chic Converted Garage

Janel Laban
May 26, 2015

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Portland, OR
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
My home is a great example in repurposing and recycling- it was formerly my garage! The garage was built in 1926 but in 2014 I converted the garage into my tiny home. Now I rent the big house and live in the “garage”.

The bed nook, wall panels and kitchen shelves are made of recycled wood scraps from the dumpster at my boyfriend’s work. The furniture and artwork are vintage mostly found at estate sales and in local listings. The home was designed with the existing garage’s footprint and walls so little was thrown away in the construction phase of the design.

The home is wonderful in all seasons. In the winter it is cozy with the furs, rugs and fireplace, and in the summer I open the doors to the garden. I love watching my kale grow from my dining table.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Beautiful and unique friends makes a big impact in all areas of life. My friends are beginning a design company called Orokuro. They have been refining their amazing talents in my home by finding exceptional vintage furniture, artwork and accessories. They have an great eye for style that reflects their warm personalities while matching my esthetic!

2. Sneaky storage. My boyfriend is a carpenter and built the bed nook with storage in mind. We have all our little practical items in the drawers and cabinets around the bed. The closet is almost the same size as the bathroom to store my unsightly items in.

3. Multi-function. With only one room, most items have many purposes and functions. My laptop is my tv. My kitchen table is my desk. My butcher-block countertop is my cutting board. The mirror in the sofa area is my dressing mirror.
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