A Gorgeous Garage Conversion in Marin County, California
We’d be hard-pressed to find a converted space that isn’t inspiring on some level—outside-the-box thinking always gets our wheels turning—but when a converted space also happens to be incredibly stylish, cool, and relaxed, we are sold. Such is the case with Bay Area designer Martha Angus’s recent project. What began as “your very basic two-car garage with a separate and very simple guest room above it” in Marin County, California, is now a fun, exciting, and private retreat for a busy professional couple and their five teenage children.
Since they had an additional garage that served their needs, Angus’s clients wanted to turn this garage into “more of a living space,” the designer says. “The intent was to have a multifunctional family space that functioned not only as a gym but also a game room where the kids could play pool, ping-pong, and video games,” Angus tells us. “We also integrated a fun, colourful bar area for post-gym and –game time refreshments, and a special place for yoga which doubles as a sleeping area with a hidden Murphy bed.”
The biggest challenge, Angus tells us, was determining “how to get the space to perform all these functions and still look unified and be comfortable, fun, and inviting.” To create cohesion, she and her team were careful with colour, usually using neutrals as a base throughout, with fun pops of colour in unexpected places. “The Farrow & Ball Arsenic green was a colour we all fell in love with,” she says. “It’s exciting and refreshing.” The designer and clients loved the colour so much that they actually added it to the bar niche, the bathroom, and inside all the closets and cabinetry. “When you pull down the Murphy bed, you get a little surprise pop of colour there as well,” she says. Though it’s subtle, these little bits of green are a thoughtful undercurrent that pulls all the disparate areas together.
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This former garage seems like the ultimate teen dream. “We wanted a place where the teenage children would love to hang out with their friends and catered to the particular needs of this demographic,” Angus says. Given its cool, casual vibe and its multifunctional uses, it’s hard for us to imagine why any teen would want to hang out anywhere else. No mums allowed here.
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