If you were to ask me which room is my favorite in our house, I would promptly say, “Our Garden Room !”
This would not have been my answer five years ago when we moved into our Fairfield Home. Then it was an awkwardly placed, dark one-car garage attached to the back of our double garage. One tiny window let in barely enough light to see your way down the concrete steps. The former owner had worked on engines there and it was a very basic shop that reeked of grease and oil. With a rough, unfinished slab floor and block walls, it wasn’t pretty, but I was still happy just to have a storage place for all my garden stuff.
Three busy years passed as we upgraded and put loving touches on this older home and started a garden. I started toying with the thought of using the space to do projects in winter. But it was so dark and dank, I’d start out all fired up, get in the room and lose my inspiration. It was time for a change.
So, we had our carpenter take out the garage door and cut a hole in the outside wall to add two sliding glass doors. He even saved us a bundle by finding them and two skylights marked down to dirt cheap at the lumber yard! A windowed door was added and a small deck with a bench rail covered the former garage ramp. Drywall, trim and paint transformed the walls and ceiling. Initially, we thought we would just stain the concrete floor, but everything else looked so good now, we decided to have it tiled (our biggest expense!).
Craig’s List and yard sales turned up most of the furnishings: a table and chairs, a baker’s rack, shelves and a futon. An oil stained workbench, left by the former owners, was renewed with gel stain. My friend gave me shelving she was throwing out, which we installed over the workbench to make a bonafide potting bench. Then in came my grow lights, plants and indoor gardening equipment.
In the end, for a total of $3,500 and a few weeks of hard work, we turned an ugly little garage into a sunny Garden Room that we now use and enjoy year-round.