Do not underestimate the garage. This became a cool little townhouse.
While someone is building garages for the car to have a place to live, the other car gets out of the garage and moves in.
And for those who do not think it’s possible to live in something that was definitely not meant to be a home in the first place, just see how wrong you can take.
This forfeited garage in Bordeaux, of only 40 m2, had all the odds against being able to live.
Not to talk about handsome. But it did not stop the French architectural firm Fabre / deMarien.
The garage project, called the 100% Box, was completed in December 2009 and has received attention worldwide.
From the outside, nothing more than a tired old garage was built before the architects started.
The garage had stood more or less unused for years, sandwiched between two other buildings, before the architects from Fabre / de maria took on the job.
The first thing that the renowned French architectural firm did was replace the old garage door with two wooden panels, which in principle function as sliding doors, and can slide past each other to give arrival to the building.
This way you get into the building and achieve noise shading from traffic on the road outside.
Within the doors you first notice a small veranda with a wooden deck. From this, a glass door leads into the house.
The interior itself is white in order to maximize the light and space feeling, which the big glass windows also contribute to.
The floor is cast in concrete concrete, as a small hint to the homes’ previous life as a garage.
The kitchen, which is also white, is both spacious and functional. Smart lighting as well as the large windows create a well-lit room, and the long dining table makes it easy to invite for dinner.
There is room for both work and comfort in the living room, and the curved wood construction adds warmth to the minimalist surroundings.
Behind the workstation leads a narrow staircase up to the sleeping shack, which is compact but contains everything one needs in a bedroom.
Fabre / deMarien was launched in 2004 by the architects Julie Fabre and Matthieu de Maren.
The company has won national design prices.
The 100% Box Project is described by the architects as:
“A project that fits perfectly with our methodology, one must build the city in the city. By doing this, you retain and renew the rich pattern of commercial buildings, storage depots, factories and detached houses in the city. “
While in Norway it is still unusual to talk about making a living out of the garage, this is in both Great Britain, Ireland and the United States a unusual measure to get bigger living space.
A multitude of “garage conversion” companies specialize in converting your garage to a part of the house.
Many people get an extra bedroom, children’s playroom, home office or just get more room for the kitchen and living room by using the garage, which previously was nothing more than a collection of old root.
Does it make it happen in Norway?
Although it is still not common in Norway to make garages available for housing or part of the home, it often makes it a good thing, “says Marianne Kaperdal in the Oslo Planning and Building Agency.. no.
– Such a change will be an application-required change of use, which in practice means that you must apply for permission before starting. In addition, make sure that the garage is regulated to the standard of living.
In Norway, the 4-meter rule also applies to neighbors. Should the garage be closer to the neighbor’s house than 4 meters, you may need the neighbor’s consent to the project.
Sources: Ourproperty. co. uk, ideal home magazine, environ. ie, the Planning and Building Agency, Oslo Municipality
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