Turn Your Boring Garage into an Amazing Living Room

With a little help from the right interior designer, you can now turn your unused garage into a fun living room for all your family. Yes! That is actually within your realm of possibilities when it comes to refurbishments, and today we’re going to show you how that turned out for a Santa Monica family.

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This project was carried out by Emily Jagoda for Libby May and Eoghan Mahony, who purchased this 1950s post-and-beam house in Los Angeles’ Santa Monica Canyon. They dreamed of turning their garage and adjoining workshop into a family space they could share with their kids, and two offices for them to work. And it was when a stone pine crashed onto (and into!) their home, that the family knew the time had come for them to get their hands on the project.

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After sizing up the two-car garage and the dark workshop alongside it — about 600 square feet in all — the family’s interior designer came up with a design for an informal retreat that would accommodate a comfortable family room, a pair of offices, and a bathroom.

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The offices are both very simple and functional, and each of them is gifted with a great amount of natural light, as well as built-in desks and storage.

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A big wooden door/bookshelf separates Mahoney’s office from the family room. It can either be left closed, for when more concentration is needed for work, or opened, as an extension of the living room.

However, this space that is nowadays full of life might have never seen daylight had it not been for that tree falling down.

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