1907-Inspired Garage, Workshop, and Studio

This beautiful Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) in St. Paul was designed by Close Associates. The colors and materials match the house, which was built in 1907. The new structure is much larger than the original garage, and the project included water and sewer. So the permitting process with the city took some extra effort.

On the ground level, there’s a small heated workshop, separate from the main garage. The stone outdoor fireplace with a copper chimney is a perfect place to gather.


A Light-Filled Loft

Upstairs, our client produces beautiful rugs. And what’s an artist’s studio without light? There are windows on three sides. Adjustable, dimmable lighting fixtures were attached to collar ties, which soften the angles of the vaulted ceiling.


Contemporary Creature Comforts

Upstairs, the loft is dressed with vertical grain fir trim and fully-equipped with modern amenities. There’s a kitchenette for preparing tea and snacks. A compact dishwasher for tidying up and a tiny bathroom is WHERE??? The cork flooring is durable and beautiful.


Cool and Cozy

In the winter the gas fireplace is a relaxation station. Mini-splits were used for both heating and air conditioning. Whether it’s 90 and humid or 30 below, the space stays comfortable.

Team Credits

Architect: Close Associates
Project Manager: Sam Quie
Photos: Troy Thies

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Blends Perfectly

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~ Mary and William Baker