Many Portland homes have under-home garages in them. If you are planning to purchase a home with a garage beneath it, or already own one, we have some ideas on how to better utilize the space! Converting unused spaces can add up to 400 square feet of livable space to your home.
You will want to first survey the space with your designer to determine what type of room your under-home garage could blossom into. A new living space for the family? A game room? Perhaps a new master suite? There will be many aspects of the current space to consider in order to determine the best use for this valuable real estate.
Your remodeler will help you figure out how to plan for plumbing and heating and air conditioning if they are not currently a part of your under-home garage. There will be permits to apply for, and plans to be drawn, but the fun part is right around the corner.
Think about how you want this new space to blend into the rest of your home. You will want it to flow seamlessly from your current space to your new space. Consider using the same flooring, wall treatments, or lighting to bring the spaces together.
Converting your Under-Home Garage may present you with a few hurdles, but once your new remodeled room is complete you will not regret the time you put into it. Hiring a design/build team like Mosaik Design & Remodeling will help you sail through the remodeling process.
Remodeling does not have to be a nightmare. In fact, it can be a pleasant experience if you set some ground rules for the remodel with the professional you are working with. Sit down with your designer and remodeler before work commences to talk about your expectations and make sure that nothing is missed. Clear communication makes for happy clients and happy remodelers.
Some ground rules before work begins:
- Identify your needs, wants, goals of the project, as well as your budget. There is a difference between needs and wants, and often your goals and remodel budget will help determine which of them will become a part of the project.
- Read your Retainer Agreement carefully to make sure that you understand everything it contains. If you have questions, bring them up immediately for clarification.
- Distinguish who is the communicator in your home, and who is the communicator on the remodel team. Make sure that the appropriate contact information is had by all parties.
- Assure that the scope of work to be performed, the time frame in which it is to be accomplished in, and the payment schedule are all clearly defined before work begins.
There may be additional issues that present themselves throughout the remodel process. As long as lines of communication are kept open, you will be a very satisfied client.
One of the most common complaints from our clients is that their lighting design is either outdated or inadequate. In most cases it is both, so when designing a space, the lighting needs to be addressed both functionally and aesthetically.
Correcting these problems doesn’t have to involve a lighting designer or a large budget. For instance, you can add small recessed can lights to a dark hallway or bring a dark corner to life by hanging an interesting pendant. When installing a hanging fixture like a pendant or a chandelier, it is best to anchor them with a table, seating area or bed.
You can also add interest to a space by installing art or “spot” lighting. This can be a simple can light with a recessed “eyeball” trim or a spot light installed on the ceiling so you see the beautiful art, not the source of light.
A final trick to freshen up a space is to replace existing lighting such as pendants above an island, table lamps, chandeliers or boring, flush mount ceiling fixtures with fun, unique fixtures. You will be amazed at how much a space can feel updated just by improving your lighting or adding an amazing light fixture.
Remember to always install dimmers on your lighting. Not only does it give you control over how much light you want, but it is very sustainable to be able to dim your lighting.
When remodeling period homes, we always take a holistic approach with the new design by incorporating elements that evoke the period’s feel, but that are updated for today’s living.
This particular kitchen was originally designed by architect Saul Zaik, one of Portland’s original modern home designers. Built in 1962, the home was designed to sit back in the trees and take in the native landscape. True to his design style,this home is organized into (3) separate “pavillions”: the living and kitchen workspace, the children’s area and the adult area.
The kitchen had white painted cabinetry, dark, heavy track lighting and the island was nearly 5′ high, which blocked the incredible view of the courtyard. Now, the sapele mahogany cabinetry, updated lighting, countertops and plumbing fixtures all lend a simple modern touch while still preserving the original charm.
Mid Century Modern design is characterized by Post and Beam construction, allowing for open floor plans with large expanses of glass. This style also is known for integrating the indoor spaces with outdoor surroundings. This kitchen with it’s walls of windows and courtyard that can be viewed from most of the central living areas, puts the newly remodeled kitchen center stage.
This home has been selected to be on of the five featured homes on the Architectural Heritage Society’s “Heritage Home Tour”, Saturday, July 28th 2012.