Houzz Tour: A Light-filled Studio Apartment in a Garage Loft Conversion
An interior designer overhauled the room above her garage to transform it into a beautiful space for her student daughter
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A young woman in college; this studio apartment is over her parents’ detached garage
Location Vancouver, Canada
Size 809 sq ft / 75 sq m
Contractor John Quinton of Quinton Construction
Flooring Matt Robinson of Monarch Floor and Window Coverings
If you look just beyond the cylindrical steel vent hood, there’s a column that used to mark the exterior wall. Everything from the foreground up to that column used to be outdoors – part of a very large exterior deck. Brynjolfson added on to the second-floor space over the five-car garage, extending it from 50 sq m to 75 sq m.
This photo was taken standing right in front of the entry door. Off the entry, a generous deck overlooks the surrounding horse country. Vancouver’s Southlands area is ‘country in the city’, Brynjolfson says. ‘It’s a small community of pastures and horse farms.’
A long row of Ikea cabinets extends from the living room to the bedroom. It takes advantage of the low ceilings and provides plenty of storage and display space.
Ceiling and walls painted in Strong White; skirting boards painted in Calluna, both Farrow & Ball. St Basils flooring by Chester Collection, Dansk Hardwood.
‘The bedroom is partially private, but this is essentially a studio apartment,’ Brynjolfson says. The bedroom and bathroom are in the back, and the kitchen and main living area are in front.
Cabinets, Ikea. Cylindra cooker hood, Saber.
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‘She wasn’t afraid of colour, and we needed a bit of a punch,’ Brynjolfson says. The designer chose watery blues and greens mixed with tans and browns to evoke the nearby sea.
Splashback in Agate tiles, Luanda Bay Tile.
Chandelier, Restoration Hardware.
Storage wall painted in Brassica 271, Farrow & Ball. Wallpaper in Regents Park, United Wallcoverings.
Vanity unit painted in Dix Blue 82, Farrow & Ball. Bath, Maax. Basin, Kohler. Tap, Riobel. Toilet, Toto.
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Watery blue glass tiles provide a calming accent on the splashback, over the bath and in the shower. Another skylight floods the room with natural light, which bounces off the tiles.
Quartz counters and trim detail on shower, HanStone. Floor tiles, Ican. Accent panels in Martini tiles from the Agate series, Luanda Bay Tile.
Once their daughter has graduated from college and moved on, the homeowners will have a space that can serve as an elegant guesthouse.
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