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.

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