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Garden office ... it was an old single-car garage.

Garden office . . . it was an old single-car garage

A few deft changes turned a little-used,vintage 1920 single-car garage at the back of a city lot into a badly needed home office, plus a small laundry area.

From the street, no change is apparent.But the handsome old garage doors now open to a sort of walk-in closet running the 12-foot width of the garage. It's only 5 feet deep, but big enough for a washer, dryer, and clothes hamper. A set of shelves bolted to a new stud wall at the back of the space holds laundry supplies. A raised brick platform in front of the doors further expands this space.

The rest of the garage is now a 13- by 15-footstudy. You enter through a sliding glass door on the garden side. It's a very simple space, with 7-foot-high bookshelves built along three walls and a skylight overhead.

For a more open feeling, the original joistswere replaced with a pair of steel tie rods painted red. Rigid insulation and gypsum board cover the sloping ceiling; the insulated walls are faced with gypsum board. Bookshelves, walls, and ceiling were painted white to brighten the room.

Tubular uplights hung from the ceilingsupplement the skylight. A gas wall heater warms the space in winter.

Design was by architect Sanford Hirshenand builder John King.

Photo: Guarded by whimsical carved concrete lions, white clapboardgarage serves new purposes. Most of it is now a library, with glass door opening to a small deck and garden. Area behind the original wooden doors was converted to a laundry, with new brick platform to extend its floor area

Photo: Bookshelves surrounding large centraldesk rise almost to level of new tie rods; partially visible skylight at upper right floods area with light
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