Before and After: Garage Turned Minimal Mini House

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 28, 2012

created at: 09/27/2012

Sometimes a garage is just a garage and other times a garage is a miniature modern house just waiting to happen. In this case, it's the latter, which means I probably need to pack my bags, move back to Seattle and into this (now) house.   

It's not actually available, but I'm just crossing my fingers that designer Michelle de la Vega needs a few roommates (my husband, my dog, and I) in her fully functional 250 square foot space. We can all fit in there, right?

created at: 09/27/2012

In all seriousness though, this remodel is really incredible. Michelle custom built most of the furniture and salvaged old fixtures for the project as well. Here's a quick look at the inside of this shoebox dwelling.

created at: 09/27/2012

For more photos of this remodel, click here.

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This looks really awesome. Great designs!

The height of the ceiling makes it so spacious. Love it

no way do i live with a LADDER in my way in the kitchen.would have been better to build stairs against the wall to access the bed,which ,i dont do stairs,so someone else would be sleeping there.(i'd also pay to watch someone MAKE that bed...i dont do CRAWL,either...)didnt notice any BATHROOM pix...if YOU wouldnt LIVE there,why would you expect GUESTS to stay there?

I like the idea, it can be used for guest house or for your growing up childrens

Has anyone noticed that these are two different building at two different sites?  Height and roof line don't match, the ground levels are different. Trees are different (not so easy to do in a remodel) and much more.


That's so cool from a little garage to a great looking little house. Didn't think it would of been that nice, but they did an amazing job.

So you are living in your garage?

The transformed houseis great!

Fee, only a problem if you're restricting yourself to the bed. ;)


Thanks Fee for clearing that up!

Thanks Carissa for clearing that up!

Clever, but absolutely no good for anyone who has a sex life which doesn't begin and end with a claustrophobic missionary!

For those who cant place the surroundings, they changed the door from front to back, the tree on the right is the tree on the left of the second picture and they added additional squarefootage to the right of the building. this is the same space, and such an awesome job, Id concider living in a little one of these full time, with a big ol garden and outdoor space.

I went to the designer's website,, and found that she raised the roof four feet. The reason the surroundings look different is because the after view shown above is of the *back* of what was the garage. Hence, the pine tree is now on the other side of the photo, and the topography seems to flip sides.

It's cute and all, but these buildings are not even close to being the same building! The surroundings are different and all the measurements are way off (hieght, width. Etc...)!
The before picture doesn't match the after pic. Can't place the surroundings either. But I like the result, just don't get out of bed a hurry or u smack your head!

ever consider this may be used as a guest house.

its adorable love it!

Nfw am I climbing a ladder to and from bed every day. This is lazy design even if it is cute.
I bet she leaving next to her parent house
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