Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Amos Morgan Garage, Vashon, Wash.

Seattle-based design studio Graypants transformed a detached garage on Vashon Island, off the coast of Tacoma, Wash. in Puget Sound, from a cluttered storage space into an airy waterfront retreat. In place of shingle-clad walls, the 420-square-foot structure now features a glazed envelope, with a bifold glass door that opens up the south façade. Reclaimed pine slats line the pitched glass roof, which is accented with interactive LED panels that run down to the floor. Fir boards from the existing garage walls were refinished and repurposed  to line the floor; embedded panels can be propped up to form backrests for lounging or conceal storage compartments when closed. A built-in storage unit holds bookshelves, a desk, cabinets, and a hidden bar, and a narrow passageway outside the north wall boasts an outdoor shower. “The diagrams and the drawings are exquisite,” juror Joel Sanders said. “I think the way they found a balance between echoing the child's notion of what a shelter is, but to do it in a way that feels very fresh and contemporary, is such a smart thing to pull off.”

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Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Amos Morgan Garage, Vashon, Wash.


Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Amos Morgan Garage, Vashon, Wash.


Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Amos Morgan Garage, Vashon, Wash.


Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Amos Morgan Garage, Vashon, Wash.


Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Amos Morgan Garage, Vashon, Wash.



Drawings

Elevations and sections.
Courtesy Graypants Elevations and sections.


Floor plan.
Courtesy Graypants Floor plan.


Functional tectonics.
Courtesy Graypants Functional tectonics.



Project Credits

Project  Garage, Vashon, Wash.
Architect  Graypants, Seattle—Seth Grizzle, Jonathan Junker
General Contractor  Schuchart/Dow—John Hoedemaker
Photography  Amos Morgan
Project Size  430 square feet
Construction Cost  $1,000 per square foot



Materials and Sources

Bathroom Fittings and Fixtures  Repurposed from a 1950s parsonage; Calazzo calazzo.com
Doors  Fleetwood Windows & Doors (sliding door) fleetwoodusa.net; R.D. Wing Co. (custom front door) rdwing.com
Exterior Siding  Vashon Sheet Metal
Flooring  Schuchart/Dow (concrete) schuchartdow.com
Garage Doors  Wilson Doors (custom) wilsondoors.com
Hardware  Custom (door track); Soss Door Hardware (hinges) soss.com
Lighting Fixtures  Schuchart/Dow Custom LED system with integrated Lutron Electronics Co. app
Paintsand Finishes  Custom wall and ceiling panel system; Sunbrella (stretched frames) sunbrella.com
Roofing  Vashon Sheet Metal
Skylights  Evergreen House evergreenhouse.com
Stove  Repurposed from an 1890 Victorian
Windows  Distinctive Windows (custom) distinctivewindowsinc.com; Fleetwood Windows & Doors (awning window) fleetwoodusa.net