After a divorce, Michelle de la Vega, a Seattle artist, bought a house, rented it out and moved into its freestanding garage, which she renovated and turned into her dream home. The size of the place-250 square feet-suits her perfectly; she has everything exactly the way she wants it. Now remarried, De la Vega has installed her husband and his daughter in the main house, but she still spends much of her time in the garage. "I love the freedom of not having a lot of things, of realizing that you don’t really need so much. Things can really weigh you down. There’s an emotional reality that comes with all the physical stuff."
The High Way "I have a sleeping loft reached by a metal ladder that was once on a ship. I found it at a marine-salvage outfit. I popped the three small windows into the loft."