Garage Conversion Creates Modern Two-Bed Unit in Palmerston North

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Garage Conversion Creates Modern Two-Bed Unit in Palmerston North

This well-appointed rental unit is unrecognisable from the underutilised two-car garage space it was before.

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Getting Started

Homeowner Sonya decided that the two-car garage on the ground floor of her 1970s suburban property would better serve her as a two-bedroom unit. As a first-time renovator, she needed guidance. So, on a friend’s recommendation, she reached out to local Manawatu Renovation Consultant, Wayne Gordon.
Wayne and Sonya discussed her goals for the renovation. She anticipated family occupying the converted garage, but plans eventually shifted to creating a rental unit for additional income.

Design Experts

Sonya wanted the unit to generate income as soon as possible, so Wayne wasted no time getting started. Architectural designers and structural engineers from Vision Architecture were commissioned to draw up the concept designs. As the conversion was at ground level it was essential for the rest of the home to be properly supported during, and after, the build. 
Once the plans were completed Wayne gave Sonya an estimate of $175,000, a price she accepted as she wanted the unit to be high quality and finished fairly quickly.

Getting Approval Prior to Construction

Wayne obtained the necessary council consents for converting a garage into living quarters. Kitchen and bathroom facilities, drainage, and cladding work were the main areas requiring approval. Although there were some delays, Wayne handled everything, ensuring Sonya’s experience could remain stress-free. 
When the council gave the green light, the fun of renovation began and Wayne brought his network of industry professionals in. From the builders to the plumbers to the glaziers, everyone on the job was a trusted associate who worked carefully and considerately on Sonya’s property.  
Wayne also sourced all the necessary materials from Mitre10, Flooring Xtra, Fisher Windows, and Chesters

An Inviting Design

Ground floor units one can feel dingy and cold, but the design of this former garage has transformed it into a sophisticated living space. Sleek and subtle lighting gives the unit a modern, contemporary feel, while a new heat pump in the lounge ensures a warm, dry environment. A monochromatic colour scheme throughout keeps things simple. Both bedrooms align with the palette of plush grey carpeting and crisp white walls.
Small spaces like this require smart storage and there’s no shortage of it here. Nor is there any lack of style in the compact kitchen. Sleek Scandinavian cabinets are matched with understated black farmhouse handles; the mix of black and chrome fixtures and appliances is consistent throughout. The marbled slab benchtops are a luxurious touch, complemented by white subway tiles that extend upwards just behind the stove, meeting the rangehood.

Great Results and a Glowing Review

This transformation resulted in a beautiful apartment that resembles nothing of the garage it once was. Sonya is thrilled with the results and the whole renovation experience. 
“I worked with Refresh from the planning stages through to the completed project. They were professional and easy to work with through all the ups and downs. I am so happy and impressed with the finished build and I recommend them for your project. Thank you to the team at Refresh!”
It’s easy to see why she’s so delighted with the garage conversion. Tasteful touches throughout, including wood grained floors in the living areas and crown moulding, elevate the design. Such a high quality finish in a rental unit is rare. This wasn’t just a garage conversion, but a complete transformation!

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This project was completed in
January 2022
Project description
This well-appointed rental unit is unrecognisable from the underutilised two-car garage space it was before.
New Zealand
Project duration
4 months
Cost estimate
Actual cost
Consent delays
Interesting aspects
High-end and sophisticated feel
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Wayne Gordon is Director, Operations Manager & Renovation Consultant of Radian Group Ltd, a franchisee of Renovation Franchise Ltd, doing business in Manawatu.

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