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Garage makeover creates new living spaces

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Garage makeover: loft in the new guest room
Thomas J. Story 

A place to work or hang out with the kids

“It’s small, but we’ve all found a different use for it when guests aren’t visiting,” says Maltzman, a fifth-grade teacher. He uses it as a quiet getaway where he can grade papers; 4- year-old Max has claimed the closet as a favorite hiding place; and Gosselin prefers the loft for napping.

“It’s exactly what we’ve always wanted,” Maltzman says. “It’s just cozy.”

They used Smith & Fong’s Durapalm for the flooring and added a dark stain. The plantation-grown coconut palm is relatively inexpensive and hardwearing.

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