Parked in Permanent Residence.

I like this story of Michele de la Vega much due to her visual determination in designing and moving on through her downturns as well as her creative endeavors and skill. Her 250-square foot house was a garage before it became her permanent dwelling. Loosing the family home in her high school years and then a marriage later on, Michele took her monies from a divorce settlement and moved onwards and upwards through downturns. She survived by buying a home in Seattle, renting out the main house for income and moving in to the original garage. After nine-months of renovation work on this small structure, attending welding school to learn how to build furniture, and salvaging fixtures from local scrap yards, Michele took up permanent residence in the tiny and minimalist garage. Now remarried and living in the larger house, she shares her happy endings with the New York Times. Right on Michele! Keep up the good work and congratulations on new beginnings!!

Michele de la Vega outside her small garage home.

Michele de la Vega outside her small garage home.

The house is furnished with pieces she found in industrial salvage yards, including old lockers from a United Airlines maintenance building.

The house is furnished with pieces she found in industrial salvage yards, including old lockers from a United Airlines maintenance building.

Shadow-boxes hold paper pillows emblazoned with architectural drawings made by her late father.

Shadow-boxes hold paper pillows emblazoned with architectural drawings made by her late father.

Industrial latches function as towel hooks.

Industrial latches function as towel hooks.

industrial sink, ceiling lamp and wooden wine crates are all salvaged items

The industrial sink, ceiling lamp and wooden wine crates are all salvaged items.

A pair of artful metallic objects that she welded in an industrial tent in her driveway.

A pair of artful metallic objects that Michele welded in an industrial tent in her driveway are on display as sculpture.

A reclaimed ship's ladder leads up to her sleeping loft.

A reclaimed ship's ladder leads up to her sleeping loft.

She herself designed and welded the red metal locker and recessed metal shelf above the sink.

Michelle independently designed and welded the red metal locker and recessed metal shelf above the sink.

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