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The Versatility of Garage Apartments

Garage apartment plans or carriage houses with apartments can provide a homeowner with many options. I'm talking about garages with an upstairs finished area. This conditioned space can be a large room, or a full apartment complete with a bedroom, common area and full-sized kitchen and bath. In some cases the finished area can be on the same level as the parking, but most are upstairs or behind. The stairs can be inside the garage (best for comfort) or outside the garage. Here are some of the most common uses of finished garage space:

  • An in-law-suite 
  • A guest suite for family and friends
  • A home office or conference area
  • Conditioned storage
  • A rental opportunity to provide additional income
  • Act as a vacation home or weekender getaway home if built in the right area

To make the equation even more attractive, the garage can be attached or detached. So many options! The sky is the limit. If you are looking for some of these features, take a look at some of our garages with finished space, or garage apartments here. There are even two bedroom apartments and more!

Look at these garage plans and how different they can be made to look even though they have the same upstairs layout. (photos may vary slightly from the floor plan)

Here is the front of the Raintree garage plan (found on the Raintree house plan and not shown as a stand-alone product at this time). It is attached to the house via an enclosed breezeway:

Raintree Garage Plan Front Elevation

Below is the front of the Briarcliff Garage Plan shown as detached with an open air breezeway:

Briarcliff Garage Plan Front Elevation

The floor plan below is the same for both garage plans:

Raintree Garage Plan Second Floor

A shot of the Raintree Garage Plan upper level partially finished. The kitchen and full bath will be finished at a later time, but you get the idea.

Raintree Garage Plan Second Floor Photo

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