Before & After: From Grungy Garage to Handsome Home in Bordeaux

Before & After: From Grungy Garage to Handsome Home in Bordeaux

Jason Loper
Jul 27, 2012
When photographer Jérémie Buchholtz came across a small garage space in Bordeaux, France, he envisioned his future home. While some of his friends scoffed at the idea of turning the small, dark space into a home, another friend, architect Matthieu de Marien, shared in Buchholtz's enthusiasm and helped convert it into a handsome, albeit tiny, home. Turning this former stable and garage into a livable home was certainly a challenge. To begin with, de Marien and Buchholtz were not able to make changes to the roofline, which meant that they were forced to work with the existing space. A few of the ways that they turned this 430 square foot space into a working home: • de Marien designed a large "house within a house" – a structure that includes a wardrobe, bed, desk, bathroom and lots and lots of storage. • A sliding door that acts as a new facade for the space also opens up to provide fresh air and light. • A small patio welcomes in the outdoors, making the small space feel much larger. In the end, this tiny space feels not only livable but absolutely inviting. MORE TINY SPACES ON APARTMENT THERAPYLifeEdited: Graham Hill's Tiny ApartmentSmall Spaces, NYC Style: 10 Homes Under 600 Square Feet100 Ideas & Inspirations: Small Spaces Video & Image: Fair Companies
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