The Garage Apartment: Change Takes Time

Back in August I helped to freshen up a garage apartment with two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen which was improved with paint and new appliances . The best part for me is that I made the design decisions but we used a contractor to make the improvements.

Apartment kitchen -- Before
Apartment kitchen — Before
The mini-kitchen -- After
The mini-kitchen — After

And a mini-kitchen (much like the one in the Cottage) was replaced.

This vanity set-up will be replaced.
This vanity set-up needed to be replaced.

The bathroom was a dungeon which needed a new vanity, sink, and lighting fixture.  We discovered that the exhaust fan in the bathroom which turns on with the light doesn’t actually draw so it will also be replaced.

The tiles walls were in very good condition.
The tiles walls were in very good condition.

When the vanity was removed we were happy to find that the walls had been tiled all the way to the floor. A GFI outlet was installed on the right-hand wall (so the dangerous extension cord from the medicine cabinet would be unnecessary in the future).

The stairwell on protrudes partly into the bathroom.
The stairwell on protrudes partly into the bathroom.

However the left part of the wall had been cutout where the stairwell ceiling had to be accommodated.

The new vanity is clean and streamlined.
The new vanity is clean and streamlined.

The contractor told me that the vanity he ordered wouldn’t fit. Since the vanity and sink were destined to be in a three-sided niche I suggested he take it apart and use only the facing piece. Ultimately the new vanity was partially dismantled to allow it to squeeze into the space and the sink-top was trimmed.

A new lighting fixture above the medicine cabinet.
A new lighting fixture above the medicine cabinet.

New lights were put above the fluorescent tubes on the medicine cabinet.

Effectiveness of exhaust fans are easy to check with a sheet of paper. If it isn't sucked toward the fan the fan doesn't draw.
Effectiveness of exhaust fans are easy to check with a sheet of paper. If it isn’t sucked toward the fan the fan doesn’t draw.

And a new exhaust fan was vented to the outside. (The old fan vented into the very shallow attic.)

Now the bathroom is not only more functional but also safer.

Have you taken recent safety precautions?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “The Garage Apartment: Change Takes Time”

  1. That was a clever solution to the vanity problem. It looks much better. The kitchen improvements are stunning with the counter / cabinet / dishwasher added. It looks very functional.

  2. The kitchen looks so warm and cozy now–nice job! I’m glad you kept the tiles in the bathroom. I’ve always liked that classic floor tile pattern. Also the fluorescent lights flanking the mirror (provided they both work). They bring back memories of my childhood! 🙂

    1. We were trying to keep the cost at a minimum and at the same ime make the room safe. There’s a recessed light over the shower that was sparking. That, too, has been replaced. Jo

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