Remodels: Garage conversions

NOTE: The NW Eco-Building Guild meeting last night on weatherization was a huge succcess. Over 120 people attended, and the expert presentation by Scott Finley of Atmosphere and David Vollan of Home Performance Inc was very informative.  I learned a lot about the latest insulation technology (celloluse applications) and good old insulation and air sealing (it is not all about doors and windows!).


Before: uninsulated garage

Before: uninsulated garage

New Den/Office

New Den/Office

Like a basement conversion, changing a garage into a living space will become even more popular in 2009.   Anytime that a homeowner can upgrade an existing space, they will save money over adding new square footage or expanding the structure of their house. 

Photos above show a West Seattle project where we carefully finshed out a small garage into a comfortable den/office for a family.  Issues included insulation placement, new doorways, and finding a legal parking space on the property. [Design: Ten Directions; Construction: Jim Alexander and Company; Interior Color Selection: Betty Brown].

Below are “before and after” shots of a carport that was enclosed to become a dining room for a small house.  The dining room has a new floor installed that is level with the exisitng house. The rest of the carport became a laundry and utility area.

Existing carport

Existing carport

Dining Room in enclosed carport

Dining Room in enclosed carport









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Meditation Class: I am teaching meditation for beginners in Ballard (Seattle) at 1423  NW 70th Street. The class is every Tuesday at 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  I will be teaching on a book, Turning the MInd into an Ally, during February 2009.  See:

PNA Home Remodel Fair: I will be exhibiting at the Phinney Fair on Sunday Feb. 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  See:

Free Design Services: There will be a raffle for free design services for your home at the Phinney Fair. All you need to do is sign in.

Alan Ness (aka ZenArchitect)

Ten Directions Design

(206) 323-6677


1 Comment

  1. Betty Brown said,

    March 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    The den/office in the W. Seattle remodel is a nice space- very utilitarian but comfortable and with plenty of character. That raspberry color looks fantastic with the softer tannish walls and crisp white ceiling and trim.

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