Uncategorized February 9, 2024

Formerly a Garage: A 400-Square-Foot One-Bedroom House in LA

We brake for grottages: garages converted into cottages (our own Michelle Slatalla invented the term for her own place). This one is the work of LA house flipper-turned designer-builder Shanty Wijaya of Allprace. Wijaya replaced the crumbling dwelling on the property with a spec construction, and rebuilt the remains of its one-car garage as this companion ADU for use as a guest house, pool house, work space, or rental.

The new main house takes its inspiration from Catalan modernism and the ADU is a mini-me version, filled with a high/low mix of solutions for small-space living. Join us for a tour.

Photography by Michael P.H. Clifford, courtesy of Allprace (@allprace). Styling by @EthanKotch and @A1000XBetter.
Above: The 400-square-foot structure in West Adam, near Culver City, occupies what had been a derelict one-car garage (the sofa wall is what was preserved of the 1930s original). It stands alongside a pool, and has an all-in-one living area at one end (scroll down to see the floor plan). The herringbone floor is composed of brick tile from Arto, a longstanding local business. The archways and mix of warm oak and pale concrete echo the detailing in the main house.
Above: The custom kitchen has rift-sawn oak cabinets set in a framework finished in Concretta, a concrete plaster or microcement also used on the island, which as a Fisher & Paykel induction cooktop. The Jeanneret-style Round Counter Stools are on sale for $250 each from France&Son.
Above: The dishwasher and fridge door panels have Massey Appliance Pulls in aged brass from Rejuvenation.
Above: The CB2 dining bench has under-seat storage. The throw pillows and leather-topped Jack Stool are from Lostine. The vintage Murano glass pendant light was found on Etsy.
Above: The French door entry opens off a side yard. The sofa and coffee table are from Urban Outfitters.
Above: The bathroom is situated off the kitchen—and a few steps from the bedroom.
Above: The compact bath is wallpapered in Milton & King’s Cactus pattern. The sink has a mirrored vanity, Henry marble-topped basin and Ludlow faucet, all from Waterworks.
Above: The small bedroom overlooks the pool. The Cove Canopy Bed was sourced from DWR, where it’s currently on sale for $1,922.50, down from $3,845. The hanging light is the Sardinia Plaster Chandelier from Crate & Barrel.

Floor Plan

Above: Allprace constructed the 400-square-foot ADU from what had been the garage, and was able to fit in complete living—or lounging—quarters.

Go to Allprace to see the adjoining main house. And here’s another Allprace Backyard ADU.

More converted garage inspiration:

* The Studio Apartment, Garage Edition

* Blackwood: A Garage Turned Multitasker, Now Available for Stays

* Edinburgh Bolthole: A Stylish One-Room Vacation Apartment Converted from a Garage

* A Garage Converted into a Compact Guest Cottage, Courtesy of Mark Lewis | BidBuddy.com