In Seattle, Best Practice Architecture converts a detached garage into a chic, standalone apartment for an aging family member.

The architects worked with the natural, six-foot slope of the site and built the Granny Pad into the hill to gain the needed interior height. The volume on the right is the original garage footprint, which now houses a kitchen and sitting room. The added volume on the left hosts the bedroom, as well as a bathroom beneath the loft space.

The clients approached Best Practice Architecture with a need to make space for an aging family member, but the home on site was already filled to the brim. The firm’s answer was to expand the existing detached garage into a gracious and airy living suite.

Before: the 250-square-foot garage on the existing lot.

Before: the 250-square-foot garage on the existing lot.

Ed Sozinho

The architects expanded the building to a total of 571 square feet. The rear entry, shown here, accesses a loft space that is currently used for storage. In the future, the loft might become an office or additional sleeping quarters, depending on the homeowners' needs.

The architects expanded the building to a total of 571 square feet. The rear entry, shown here, accesses a loft space that is currently used for storage. In the future, the loft might become an office or additional sleeping quarters, depending on the homeowners’ needs.



Ed Sozinho

The architects worked with the natural, six-foot slope of the site and built the Granny Pad into the hill to gain the needed interior height. The volume on the right is the original garage footprint, which now houses a kitchen and sitting room. The added volume on the left hosts the bedroom, as well as a bathroom beneath the loft space.

The architects worked with the natural, six-foot slope of the site and built the Granny Pad into the hill to gain the needed interior height. The volume on the right is the original garage footprint, which now houses a kitchen and sitting room. The added volume on the left hosts the bedroom, as well as a bathroom beneath the loft space.

Ed Sozinho

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Detached Garage Becomes a Winning “Granny Pad”
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