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See this 1960's Kirkland stable transformed into stunning studio space

Watch this former horse stable become an art space and ADU

Mark Woods

A detached stable & garage in Kirkland had fallen into disuse when the current owners purchased the property. The couple, a painter and digital designer with no horses of their own, decided to convert the stable into a studio space for working and painting along with a guest space for visitors.

In came SHED Architecture & Design, who not only redesigned the studio space but also included a full bathroom, utility sink, and private quarters that could be converted into an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) in the future.

Flanking the studio space is a storage closet and utility sink zone that act as a buffer from the mudroom and guest suite to the east. These four ancillary spaces are accessed through two bypass sliding doors on a continuous track that runs the full length of the building. These 'barn doors' can be rearranged in several combinations for optimal flexibility & privacy while alluding to the stable's past life.

A new patio is installed along the western facade that looks out to the rest of the property and enables them enjoy Washington's beautiful sunsets. New windows & doors are inspired from the mid-century main house's glazing techniques and highlight the stable's existing framework while also providing ample natural light to paint, work, or relax comfortably.