Taking DIY to a whole new level, Michelle de la Vega combined her visual, artistic background with old-fashioned elbow grease to transform an old garage into an ingenious living space. When we spotted this marvel of a makeover by Seattle based visual and performance artist Michelle de la Vega on Calfinder’s Remodeling blog, we nearly did a double take. We couldn’t believe this 250 square foot modern wonder had once been an abandoned garage – but, after taking a look at de la Vega’s website, it was easy to see how this artists’ eye for the unexpected translated from her visionary artwork into the transformation of the space she fondly dubbed her “Dream Home”. de la Vega took a hands-on approach to the design, picking up a welding class to tackle the construction of many of the furniture and structural elements - and she was careful to use mostly salvaged and repurposed items during the remodeling process. The blending of industrial pieces, such as the metal lockers, juxtaposed with the natural wood ceilings, brings touches of what the space once was into play, while still maintaining an incredibly homey feel.
Displayed above the daybed in the sitting room area are pillows featuring images of de la Vega’s father’s architectural sketches. Sold individually, the Dream House Pillows come in a plexiglass shadow box and are able to be purchased by contacting the artist directly via her website, michelledelavega.com. Thanks to Calfinder for featuring this gem of a home! Images: Calfinder, Michelle de la Vega