Jim & Dolly's Small & Colorful Garage Apartment

Jim & Dolly's Small & Colorful Garage Apartment

Adrienne Breaux
Oct 17, 2011

We love fall so much we wish we could have this kind of weather all the time. Since that's probably not going to happen, we have to settle for the next best thing: surrounding oneself with fall colors in the home. We found one tiny garage apartment packed with inspiration for color and style...for fall or all year long!

If architect Jim Poteet looks like he knows what he's doing when it comes to tiny spaces, it's because he does: you might remember him from his designs of a Modular Guest House and its modern tastes, tight but efficient quarters and super cool colors. Well he's done it again, only this time in a small garage apartment in Texas that he and his wife share. What Jim had to say about the project that was completed in 2009:

This was a 700 square foot garage apartment for my wife and myself adjacent to a ranch house in the river community of Hunt [Texas] that my family had purchased years earlier. They needed a place to protect their cars in the event of hail (as well as a place to play ping pong!) and my Dad needed a shop for his woodworking projects. My wife and I elected to add a half story to this garage as a get-away for ourselves.

This was also the first time I have had the time to design for my wife and myself. Our 14-year-old office has been so consistently busy that I hadn't had the opportunity to do that (we live in a 100-year-old cottage). The exterior had to build on the Hill Country vernacular that was there, but in the interior I could experiment with things I was interested in—like small open living spaces and tiny kitchens.

I am a big fan of current Scandinavian interiors which are very casual, very minimal, and our office's work has been described as minimalist. That direction was filtered through the influence of the light and beauty of the Hill Country itself.

Thanks Jim!

Images: Ryann Ford

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