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Photos: These Incredible Work-From-Home Spaces Used to Be Garages

We're officially jealous.

Photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.
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Well before coronavirus arrived, these three DC-area homeowners converted their garages into spaces to both work and relax. As many of us scramble to turn dining tables, or guest bedrooms, or even walk-in closets into suitable “offices”, it’s a safe bet they’re feeling pretty smart right about now.

This first garage was transformed into an office and guest suite by Ballard + Mensua Architecture, for the owner of a landscape design firm. The architect added a bathroom, custom built-ins, reclaimed wood ceiling beams, and distressed porcelain tile floors. The original roof was swapped for a Spanish tile one, and the old garage door was replaced with carriage house-style French doors.

Ballard + Mensua Architecture also converted this unused garage, transforming it into a studio for its artist homeowner. Much of the wood from the original ceiling was reused. The desk, back wall, and shelving were all constructed from the old pine boards. The garage got a new patio door and windows, plus track lighting.

Photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Teass Warren Architects overhauled this garage for a PR executive, who wanted the space to be more of a retreat than an office. It serves several purposes— painting studio, yoga room, and simply a spot to get some peace and quiet. The vaulted ceiling, covered in decking with Douglas fir beams, makes the tiny space feel grand.

Photos by Allen Russ Photography.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage, and also writes long-form feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a possible wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia. Kashino lives in Northeast DC.

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