If you know anything about the tiny house movement, you probably know that small homes are often born from a rundown, unused or previously uninhabitable spaces, such as shipping containers. Similarly, this cozy getaway was once a garage, but new wood floors, a little paint, and a whole lot of personality have transformed an old storage space into an inviting guesthouse.
This repurposed garage in Berkeley, California was once part of an estate belonging to Bernard Maybeck, a renowned architect and an important member of the Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century. What was once his 750-square-foot carriage house has now been nicknamed “Cubby," and is available for rent by the current owner.
On the first floor you will find a kitchen, two-piece bathroom, dining area, and living room. The kitchen comes complete with a two drawer refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven, gas range, and even a washer/dryer. The dining area has a drop-leaf table and four folding chairs, so it's easy to add more seating (or space) depending on the number of guests.
The space is cozy but does not feel at all cramped, thanks to the many windows, exposed beam ceilings, and light-coloured textiles. A fireplace was aptly placed directly in the middle of the room to keep the entire space warm and dry. The owner chose to decorate with a combination of authentic period pieces (such as the artwork and light fixtures) and modern accessories (like the Simpsons figurines hiding in the rafters).
With just one bedroom, Cubby only accommodates two guests, although there is space for friends on the couch and floors of course. The bedroom has double glass doors on both sides, making it feel more like an open-air cabana. The original concrete stairs are still visible, but the bright yellow wallpaper keeps the space from feeling like a garage.
The second level also has a walk-in closet with plenty of storage space and a master bathroom. Like the rest of Cubby, the bathroom combines old and new décor, including a vintage sink and a brand new waterfall shower head.
The adjoining Maybeck estate burned down, leaving only Cubby behind. The first floor is the original carriage house, while the second floor was added on decades later. There is plenty of outdoor space, including a large patio that is perfect fpr reading or enjoying the surrounding gardens and foliage. There is even an old wicker rocker to relax in.