Most people would have looked at this beat up structure and called it a tear down… That thought definitley crossed our minds, but it had all the essentials to make it into something special.
The main house on the property was a charming two bedroom, one bath house in a historic neighborhood in Central Phoenix. This structure was most likely a garage in it’s first life, but at some point it’s previous owners had converted it into a studio apartment. It offered power, water, and sewer… But the structure itself was in rough shape due to a leaking roof and a lot of deferred maintence. However, due to it being so small, we realized that we could bring life back into the space by doing a low-cost remodel and make it big selling point for the property.
We raised the ceiling and exposing the trusses for charm and to create the feeling of a larger space. We also changed the configuration so that the main entry was in the back of the structure, rather then on the side… And we replaced the side door with a new window instead! We tiled the main entry into the space, but due to an elevation change, we kept the main floor in the studio raw concrete to save money and give it a fun urban vibe. I was able to find some basic used cabinets at a home thrift store for $100 and with a fresh coat of ‘Seal’ paint (dark grey) by Martha Stewart, some modern cabinet hardware, and some nice trim details… They looked good as new again! I also added open shelves with modern wall brackets for additional storage, which creates visual interest but is also a great solution when you don’t have enough cabinets and/or the right sizes to work with.
We were able to use the leftover marble from the counters in the main house, which saved us money but also unified the two spaces. I sourced used stainless-steel appliances to keep costs down and paired it with a fancy exhaust hood to give the space a high-end look. We hung a chandelier in the space to draw attention to the raised ceilings and add elegant lighting. A brushed nickel faucet and stainless-steel sink from Amazon were affordable and functional, but my favorite addition to this space was the saloon doors. These create a nice division between the rear entry/bathroom door and the step down into the kitchen/main living area… Plus after we painted them teal, they became an awesome focal point for the space.
To see all of the AFTER photos and all of the sources for this project, please check out the 17th Ave page!