My "in the raw" may not be a delicious as his, but I think it qualifies as basic, primal, and alluring. It's the vintage, one-car garage at Taylor that's in a very raw stage right now. Ok, so that may not get your motor running the way it does mine but I hope that when I'm finished with it you might feel differently about that! I have plans to make it a cute little guest house!
Let me show it to you as it is now. I think it is just positively quaint -- a throwback to a time before automated overhead doors and slick three-car garages. This little garage was added sometime after 1932 because I have a photo of the house from 1932 and the garage wasn't there then. I think it's safe to assume it was built in the 30's sometime -- in the era of "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage".
I love the vines too. I know most people hate vines and rip them off. I know they might damage the structure or the surface, at least, but I LOVE vines! Actually, I love anything that will grow with abandon all by itself because I always seem to forget that step about how plants need water!
Here is the side view of the garage. Picture a set of french doors in the middle opening onto the yard (that tire would be gone too, of course!) and maybe some sort of pergola over a little outdoor sitting area. I'm sure I can find some brick or stone to pave it with.
And here is the inside. I think it has really good bones and wonderful character! I plan to make a built-in king-size bed (I already have a free king size mattress) on the far wall (maybe with curtains to separate it off) and then put a sitting area in the middle facing the french doors.
All the details and finishes remain to be decided but I have a definite vision of how wonderful it will be and, if I do say so myself, the end product of one of my visions usually tends to be even better than I'd envisioned!
Task number one: find free french doors! Too bad I already passed up a set I saw in a dumpster. They were just a little challenging to remove from the dumpster at the time! But there will be more -- wishcraft always seems to have a way of taking care of it!