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Two Car Garage Conversion from Storage to Spacious Detached ADU

Cottage helped this Palo Alto family convert their existing historic garage into a great space for grandma and entertaining guests.

Caleb LeeMarch 29, 2021

On the first visit of the property, the Cottage design studio saw the potential and character of the existing 1920s detached garage. The plan was to retain the character of the old carriage house while adding a well-designed extension to the front, all while ensuring that this backyard cottage would fit with the beautiful existing home and landscaping.

Palo Alto Garage Conversion Exterior French Doors ADU

Both privacy and a desire for an open, airy feel were the main design must-haves for the family, who wanted to use the space as both a guest house and an entertainment space. As seen in the image above, double french doors allowed for a fluid indoor-outdoor feel for the backyard-facing side of the ADU to open to a step down patio and pergola space, perfect for hosting a Sunday afternoon BBQ with friends and family. At the same time, the side of the converted garage facing the street was designed to match the existing home and maintain privacy with a single swing entry doors and wood-cased windows, giving the ADU its historic cottage feel.

Palo Alto Garage Conversion Exterior Front Door ADU

A wide-open, spacious dining, living, and kitchen area are the centerpiece of the unit, with multiple skylights to allow plenty of sunshine in to bathe the space in midday light, while a full sized kitchen and fireplace add visual focal points to the indoor space. Two extra large sized closets are perfect for maintaining storage (this was converted garage, after all), while a washer-dryer stack near the french doors are a perfect placement for the kids to throw in their bathing suits and laundry after a summertime swim in the backyard pool.

Palo Alto Garage Conversion Open Living Space Skylights ADU

Palo Alto Garage Conversion Floor Plan ADU

Given this Palo Alto homeowners' desire for a warm and inviting space, the design utilized wood flooring and accents, with a vaulted ceiling to make the 535 square foot unit feel as spacious as possible.

Palo Alto Garage Conversion Dining Living Kitchen ADU

Our Cottage design studio focuses on all of the details, down to the classic subway tile look in the bathroom space and modern fixtures. Cottage's custom design and stick built approach to the ADU design and build process means that we are able to work with homeowner budgets and needs, while unlocking value engineering opportunities with our ADU-specific knowledge and expertise.

Palo Alto Garage Conversion Bathroom ADU

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