An Old Garage Transforms Into a Gorgeous Guesthouse

By Becky Harris, Houzz

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

Photos by Jack Bremen 

Guesthouse-Media Room at a Glance
What happens here: A family enjoys watching movies, making popcorn, entertaining friends and hosting overnight guests.
Location: Santa Monica, California
Size: About 450 square feet (42 square meters)
Designers: Essi Safdie and David Veltman of Spazio LA

Looking at this room now, you’d never guess two cars used to sit in here. This screening lounge-guesthouse is about half of what was originally a four-car garage with a little extra room beyond that. Working with the design-build pros at Spazio LA, the homeowners left room for two cars in one part of the garage and converted the remaining half into living space. The converted portion includes a comfortable screening room, a bar, a bathroom and a Murphy bed. The new glass doors on the left lead to the backyard and main house.

Ceiling fan: Minka Aire, Lamps Plus

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

The space has modern farmhouse style. The new ceilings are covered in shiplap accented by reclaimed wood beams. The retractable projection screen is surrounded by custom built-ins with sliding barn doors that hide equipment and storage areas.

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Behind the sofa, designer Essi Safdie made the most of the corner, tricking it out as a bar-kitchenette. The upper cabinets have chicken wire grilles instead of wood or glass. There’s also a sink, wine refrigerator and regular refrigerator. The counters are quartzite, and the backsplash is subway tile in a herringbone pattern.

This shot gives us a good look at the flooring, which is engineered oak, an apt choice for a garage with a concrete floor. It is glued directly onto the concrete. These kinds of floors come finished, and this one has a weathered look with a hint of gray to match the light gray walls.

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

Over to the right of the built-ins, the family has a free-standing popcorn machine for movie nights. The photo below is a close-up of the paneling seen on the right side of the photo, which conceals a Murphy bed. To the right of the Murphy bed is wardrobe storage.

How to Add a Murphy Bed

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage
Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-garage

The three-paneled doors with crystal knobs also lend a modern farmhouse look.

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So do the bathroom’s shiplap walls, rustic wood vanity, glass and bronze pendant lights and water pump-like faucet. All the fixtures are oil-rubbed bronze. The encaustic cement tiles add a lively pattern on the floor.

Mirror: Pottery Barn; vanity: Celebration vanity with semi-recessed sink, Signature Hardware; floor tile: Bordeaux III, Cement Tile Shop

Santa Monica Garage conversion transitional-bathroom

The curbless shower slopes down toward the infinity drain along the side wall. The infinity drain is tiled and thus almost invisible.

Shower head: California Faucets

Related Links:
Sliding Barn Door Hardware to Complete a Farmhouse Look
Store Your Favorite Movies in a New Media Cabinet
Consider Quartzite for Your Countertops

What’s your favorite part of this garage makeover? Let us know in the comments below!

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