If you don't have a lot of money but need to expand your living space, take a cue from LZT Architects' latest adaptive reuse project in Austin. This completed 300 square meter intervention involved an application of creative thinking to common and recycled materials, and resulted in the very cool transformation of a dark garage into an inspiring light-filled room. And because everyone needs a little outside time while at home, the design team turned a rundown part of the property into a funky little garden space as well. It's easy to see why the American Institute of Architects gave this renovated room a coveted design award. Click past the jump to see a video of the garage's transformation.
In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, LZT incorporated clear panels into the sides of the garage and then added a tall window to the northern wall. These not only encourage daylighting but also connect the new room to the outside so that it feels less like a dungeon. A bookshelf doubles as stairs that lead into an upper loft. Outside, a mesh fence populated with recycled cedar planks creates a tasteful boundary that encloses a new, refreshing garden. This uber low budget project speaks volumes about the goodness that can be achieved with even the smallest upgrades.
Via Arch Daily