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Garage becomes workshop, guest room.

Dividing a garage in two worked for a family in San Rafael, California. When they needed to accommodate a workshop and make room for guests, they decided to use space they already had: their 24- by 27-foot attached garage.

Architect William Boehm of Robert Herman Associates divided the garage with a 3-foot-deep storage wall. Half opens to the new guest room and bath, half opens into the workshop.

The guest room received the most attention. It has its own entry door, opening to the driveway. A bay window adds a comfortable window seat and lets in plenty of light. Furring out a side wall made room for bookshelves and provided a deep ledge for plant display.

Sections of storage wall opening into this room hold the TV set, more bookshelves, an 18-inch-deep sewing center, and two 30-inch-deep clothes closets.

On the other side of the storage wall, the workshop occupies a 12- by 20-foot space. Fluorescent tubes run overhead; a single unit lights the workbench. Double glass doors provide extra daylight and easy access to the garden.

Note all the storage space here. Bulky power tools are housed in large shelves under the counter; small items go in cabinets above. Hand tools hang within easy reach on pegboard panels. The ceramic corner has a small sink and ample room to store clay, glazes, and other potting supplies. Both the potter's wheel and the combination power tool are movable.

Before planning to convert a garage, check with your city or county building department about parking requirements.
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