We just started the process of turning a small detached garage from the 1930’s (I like to generously refer to it as a carriage house) into a studio. It definitely sounds more romantic than it is – it’s really an asbestos-shingle covered shoebox held together with tissue paper and dreams.
Did you know that there’s this whole thing called She Shed’s? Evidently, it’s the woman’s answer to the Man Cave. “She Shed” makes my skin crawl – but the concept is cool and the spaces are great to look at – let’s just collectively think of another catchy title…
I’ve been looking at garage conversions into offices/workspaces online and frankly, a lot of them are uninspired. They look like someone’s boring workspace just picked up and transported to a room that happens to have concrete floors and a garage door. I was going to keep our garage door – it’s an older door that a previous homeowner put in to replace the original swing doors. I thought it might give the space an industrial edge that might be nice, but the alley that the door opens to is old, suburban and raccoon filled. As it turns out – the door was really easy to remove and the framing went up in a few hours.
Once the door was removed, it made a huge difference in the space. I think if it opened to a prettier alley it would have been nice to invest in doors that had some glass in them to let light in, but it’s not an alley you would willingly choose to spend time looking at and I was a little concerned about safety since it’s not a building someone will be in all the time. It’s also not a building that a new homeowner would ever park a car in.
I ended up ordering a 60″ sliding glass door to open onto the yard. I wanted french doors (of course) but they were outside of my budget. We’re putting in 2 more windows and replacing the existing door 30″ door with a glass door. French doors would have been adorable here, but if I spent the money on them I should put them in the house, not the studio!
When we removed the drywall – I was shocked to find that the vertical studs holding up the roof were spaced a roomy 56″ on center versus the 16-24″ that should have been there. Once we discovered that, we now have to go back into all the walls and add more vertical supports because good luck hanging anything heavy on those walls!