It’s a garage. It’s an apartment. It’s both.

Jacobson Remodeling

Relatives spending the weekend? Daughter moving back in? Could you use a spare bedroom for surprise visitors? Here’s an idea that can accommodate that occasional guest while maintaining your distance: Add a studio apartment above your garage.

Studio apartments are often called mother-in-law apartments, perhaps because they add a degree of privacy. They have their own kitchen, living room and bath. Often they feature a Murphy bed. With appliances designed for micro homes becoming more popular it’s easier than ever to plan for and build a studio apartment.

Rick Jacobson began this project with a large garage, capable of parking a truck and SUV, and storing everything from bikes to snowthrowers. Then he added a 500+ square foot apartment above the garage.

Guests are welcome to the apartment with a private entrance inside a fence. Once inside, the apartment’s open design floods it with daylight from two large skylights and energy-efficient Marvin double hung windows.
 
Jacobson Remodeling

Jacobson Remodeling
On either side of the bed, 3 built-in closets and 2 cabinets provide ample storage space.
Jacobson RemodelingA full-sized murphy bed folds out of the wall cabinet, offering a great view of the fireplace and HD TV.

 
A gas fireplace below a 42-inch HD TV creates a great entertainment center. It’s all framed with rough-cut black granite, giving the whole apartment a distinctive look. Notice the ¾ inch thick tongue in grove solid oak flooring – the perfect accent to the grey and white interior design.

The kitchen features a gas range with outdoor-vented hood, and a space-saving refrigerator and freezer. The custom kitchen backsplash was built using 3 X 10 inch gray subway glass tile. Black granite countertops can be found in the kitchen and bath, and both featuring under mounted sinks.
 
Jacobson Remodeling

Jacobson Construction 
 
A coffee table easily converts to a laptop computer workspace for traveling professionals or FaceBook check-ins.

(Below) The full ¾ bath features a glass-enclosed walk-in shower with 4 x 12 inch ceramic subway tiles arranged in a vertical pattern for a unique look. 6 x 24 inch gray porcelain floor tiles were used in the bath.

The result: An addition that has already proved to be a worthy investment, with the ability to host family and friends while appreciating the property’s value.


 
Jacobson Construction
Jacobson Construction