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Before & After: A Garage Becomes a Beautiful Studio Space

by Lauren Chorpening

I love when purely functional spaces become incredibly inspiring ones. It takes vision and a lot of hard work to see a full transformation. When we last popped into Dear Hancock’s creative space four years ago, it was their living room. Gwen and Earnest recently moved to Idyllwild, CA and decided to turn their new garage into an illustration and inventory space for their sweet stationery company. Starting with a bare-bones garage, Dear Hancock rewired the electrical, finished walls and installed custom carriage house doors. They left the cement floor and the exposed wooden beams, which I can’t stop staring at. The space is now bright, organized and styled with beautiful, minimal pieces. The duo can create, manage orders and store inventory without having to take over the living space. The renovation has allowed Gwen and Earnest to separate their work from their home in order and style. —Lauren

Before & After: Garage Becomes a Beautiful Studio Space, Design*Sponge
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Dear Hancock's studio, before & after.
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The garage before the renovation.
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Before view of the doorway and unfinished walls.
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Dear Hancock's studio, after. The new carriage doors give the studio extra light and architectural interest.
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Dear Hancock's studio, after. The mix of modern, minimal white with natural wood tones and rich textures makes this space into an orderly, balanced and creative workspace.
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Dear Hancock's studio, after. The stationery wall makes their inventory not just organized, but acts as a gorgeous installation.
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Dear Hancock's studio, after. The bright, natural light, woodburning fireplace and exposed beams make the space feel nothing like a one-stall garage.
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Dear Hancock's studio, after. The days of filling orders in their living room are definitely over with the beautiful space to work and to store inventory.

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Comments

  • Wow, simplicity & function at it’s best! The fire place is genius – can’t think of a better way to heat up a space like that, not to mention the cosiness factor. Beautifully done! Bravo.

  • We are thinking of doing this at my parents’ house! There are 12 of us here right now (for good reason I promise!) and you can imagine we are cramped for space. This would be the perfect getaway for some of us more creative types ;)

  • This is what I want to convett a12x24 garage into a sewing studio for my alterations biz. How did you insulate the door and the floors. What do you use for heat/ cooling. And how to close off bottom of door from outside elements.

  • Question: Do you find your gorgeous work space too warm/hot in the summer without insulation on the ceiling? I live in San Diego. I sooo want to do what you did (our garage is almost identical!) and would hate to cover up our ceiling with with drywall! Thank you for posting this fantastic workspace.

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