Is there other better place than a former auto garage where an enthusiastic motorcyclist can live? No of course especially for the young couple Spencer Steed and his fiancée Alex Tovey. He is a passionate bike lover and communications student and she a counselor for College admissions. When the homeowners had married in fall 2013, they decided to redesign this gritty cool space located in downtown Salt Lake City into something more cozy and comfortable.
The homeowner’s goal was to keep the existed raw style. In addition to add a little mechanic-shop-inspired décor, some unfinished surfaces and rustic salvaged pieces. The final result was one nice and comfortable home with industrial vibe.
The biggest challenge of the couple was to incorporate these homey elements while celebrating and keeping the industrial vibe of the space, as we could see from the design of their garage-meets-dining-room on the photo.
Steed said the new design of this old auto garage looks really fun and different. There are sure that they won’t live somewhere where it will be like this. The place is their first nest that they will always remember.
Thanks to the concrete floors, gray cinderblock walls and exposed fixtures, the bedroom obtains one gritty appeal. Also this stylish American Oil sign was found in front of the apartment before the couple to move in.
The couple loves the bedroom as from the words of Tovey. They think that this is the most comfortable place in the whole apartment, where they can unwind their selves.
In another corner of the room we find this creative dresser. For its creature the couple sanded old military boxes which they found at Smith and Edwards, then coated them with polyurethane. After that they stacked them up together and to complete the picture added simple baskets.
When you saw this photo you will probably say that this room is still unfinished but no, these surfaces define the style of the apartment. What the couple did was to patch the walls, then primed them and left them just like that.
During the furniture shopping they found this unique ram head in the local taxidermy shop.
In the bathroom the main focal point is the creative steel surgical sink. The different wood elements were brought to contrast the steel fixtures.
In the entry we saw scoops of red which are used here for contrast of the muted shades of the steel door and cement floors. We also find these red letters very cute which are a gift from couple’s friend.
The next room’s design looks very different. In the mudroom there are two schoolbus seats which are transformed into a bench. The utility shelves left by the previous owner were reconfigured into shoe rack. The space undeniably has a feeling of aesthetic.
In the former garage area dominated a large rough-style dining table. Through the slide-up doors the patio can be accessed.
In the same time Steed use this space to make some fixes on his motorcycles. As he said this is a very good distraction from work.
Most of the furnishings and design elements were salvaged, repurposed and refinished by the couple from different scrap yards and military surplus stores.
The coffee table is a work of Steed made by reclaimed wood and then repainted.
For open floor plan it is necessary to use rugs which are defining the different areas as the main living room in our example. The side table is another present from couple’s friend that is a custom furniture builder.
Only for $17 Steed succeed to buy this large metal Tanker desk from local online website.
On the right side of the simple kitchen it is formed a wall from plywood wall of the bedroom. For a color are added the large mirror and rustic antique sign. As most of the furnishings in this apartment, the commercial sink and the prep counter were a gift from a restaurant supply store in the neighborhood.
Above the small kitchen island were installed from the previous owner dentist’s lights.
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