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A Garage Conversion Story: Creating a Multi-generational Living Space

Considering adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)? You’re not alone.

Granny flats. In-law suites. Multi-generational housing… no matter the name, accessory dwelling units are trending in popularity in the U.S. as an increasing number of families try to accommodate aging parents and adult children, alike. There are an estimated 1.5 million accessory dwelling units in the United States – and that number is growing 8-9% each year.*

Build or Remodel?

Building an ADU from scratch can cost over $100k. However, remodeling a basement or garage to create these smaller living units can be a more cost-effective way to extend the living space on your property. Just ask Jill, a homeowner who recently completed a garage conversion project, creating an ADU complete with kitchen and bathroom.

Seeing the Potential and Meeting a Need


Jill and her husband had purchased a home with a detached 2-car garage. The previous owners had turned part of that garage into a small studio apartment space. The interior was dated, but Jill saw the potential. She wanted to turn the space into a retreat for family members – their aging parents who could be close by but retain independence as well as their children and grandchildren when they came to visit.

Why was Aristokraft Cabinetry the right brand of choice?


“Aristokraft Cabinetry is a powerhouse brand with the right breadth of product to effectively fulfill my design requirements of fashion and affordability. I found that the Ellis PureStyle door style and Stone Gray finish for the kitchen was durable and fashion forward.”

Since space was at a premium, Jill used 12” deep base cabinets adjacent to the prep area – a choice that afforded continued valuable counter space. Organization products that were incorporated to maximize functionality include:

Take a Tour

Want to learn more about how this accessory dwelling unit vision became a reality? Watch the tour:

You can also read the full interview on the MasterBrand Design blog.