Cinderella Stories: Convert Your Garage
Before you add square footage for a family room, dining area, or home office, take another look at your garage. Converting it may meet your needs without costing as much as a whole new addition.
Crespi, a furniture designer and builder, used 13 kinds of wood to build the cabinets, floors, countertops, and shelves. He saved money by designing the building around materials he could get inexpensively. The windows, the sink, and the faucet were floor samples.
To maximize space, he used built-in storage units and added a sleeping loft over the bathroom.