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Oct 30 2017

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Garage Apartment Plans Make Great Weekend Homes

Are you thinking about building a weekend home? Garage apartment plans are a nice alternative to a vacation home and provide comfortable accommodations plus sheltered parking. Additionally, the garage allows you to store motorized vehicles and other items that you might only use on the weekend. Depending on your property, you might need room to store a gold cart, ATV, motorcycle or Jet Ski. A garage apartment plan is the perfect solution featuring parking/storage space and comfortable living quarters. Below are two examples of garage apartment plans that would be suitable for a weekend home.


Garage Apartment Plan 062G-0084062G-0084: For those who love modern styling, this nifty garage apartment has definite appeal for those wishing to own a modern weekend home. The two-car garage offers space along the back wall for working at the workbench. The spacious 10’ ceiling is a thoughtful extra. Check out the private entrance for the apartment. It has a handy bench and a coat closet at the foot of the interior staircase. Upstairs you will find an efficient but sweet two-bedroom apartment, ideal for you and the kids or weekend guests. Natural light bathes the living area and kitchen from multiple windows. Conveniently hidden behind a closed door is a stacked washer/dryer. Occupants can step out onto a charming balcony to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Whether used as a weekend home, rented for extra income or housing extended family, this garage apartment is a sure step about a useful two-car garage.


Garage Apartment Plan 051G-0101051G-0101: An attractive multi-material façade presents a pretty picture for this carriage house plan. Enter the apartment from a covered porch adorned with a brick archway. Interior stairs lead to the 798 square foot apartment. One can also access the staircase from a door in the garage. Vaulted ceilings top the great room, kitchen, and bedroom adding a sense of spaciousness to the efficient living quarters. The kitchen features an island that can be used for food prep or dining. Laundry concerns are met with a laundry closet located across from a handy pantry. Don’t forget there is a 3-car garage on the main floor for all your auto and storage needs. Whether utilizing the apartment for your weekend home, guests, boarders or hired help, it is truly a jewel added to your domain.


If you’d like to view more options like these, browse our entire collection of garage apartment plans.

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Aug 31 2016

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Garage Apartment Plans: The Alternative Hunting Cabin

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but the fall hunting season is just around the corner. Are you already thinking about getting deer camp ready for this fall’s hunt? Do you need to do a little maintenance to your camper or gather your camping gear? You wouldn’t have to do either of these if you had a hunting cabin or permanent structure to stay in while you hunt, and we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Garage apartment plans are an ideal alternative to a hunting cabin. Not only do they offer comfortable living quarters, but they also offer an entire garage for parking and storage. You can’t beat that! Face it, hunters have a lot of hunting gear and a garage apartment plan is sure to accommodate all of your needs.

In general, garage apartment plans deliver parking and storage on the main floor with living quarters positioned above the garage. They feature a one-car garage or larger, with either an open studio apartment or a full apartment (with separated living and sleeping areas) on the second level making them a better choice than most hunting cabins that to not offer garage space. Garage apartment plans vary in size, style and the amenities they offer, but all of them provide a warm and comfortable sleeping space, a place to prepare meals, a space to relax and sheltered parking or storage space. Garage apartment plans that double as hunting cabins ensure that every hunter enjoys the hunt. Below is a list of features that make garage apartment plans a suitable hunting cabin:


  • Flexible garage area that can be used for parking your truck, SUV or ATV and storing hunting gear so you store your gear in one place for next year
  • Compact kitchen for making coffee, plugging in the crock pot or cooking a warm meal
  • Full bath (you’ll appreciate a hot shower on a cold day)
  • Open gathering space to relax or tell stories with your hunting buddies
  • Covered porches or decks for grilling, relaxing and enjoying the view
  • Bedroom or studio for sleeping on a comfortable bed or couch instead of using a cot or sleeping bag


The following is a list highlights a few of our most popular garage apartment plans that are often used as a “cabin in the woods.” Each plan has special features that make it popular. Take some time to check out these designs:


Garage Apartment Plan 012G-0047012G-0047:  Covered carports on each side of this garage apartment offer extra parking space, room to store a boat or other motorized vehicles, or they can be used as covered porches for grilling and relaxing. The art studio/living area makes a nice dining and gathering space and the workshop could easily be used for hunting gear.



Garage Apartment Plan 066G-0003066G-0003: A rustic exterior allows this garage apartment plan to blend nicely with the surrounding wooded landscape. The lock off storage area tucked behind the garage offers space for a gun safe or a place to store your hunting bow and accessories when you’re not in the woods. On the upper level, a fireplace will warm you on a cold night and covered deck is ideal for firing up the grill or smoker. A comfortable bedroom and full bath complete this accommodating garage apartment.


Garage Apartment Plan 072G-0030072G-0030: This garage apartment plan features a compact design offering only the basics making it an economical choice for a hunting cabin. The two-car garage offers sheltered parking while the combined living and dining area deliver comfortable gathering space. The bedroom features semi-private bath access and a laundry closet makes it easy to wash and dry wet or dirty clothes during your extended stays at deer camp.


Garage Apartment Plan 051G-0069051G-0069:A two-car garage and hobby area deliver plenty of parking and storage on the main level. Use the hobby room for storing your gear and the garage for your truck and ATV. The covered porch offers a place to kick off your muddy boots before entering. On the second floor one bedroom and a deluxe bath deliver comfortable accommodations while the office space could easily be finished as a second bedroom for one of your hunting buddies. Take care of dirty laundry with the washer and dryer placed conveniently near the kitchen. Finally, the covered balcony provides a peaceful place to enjoy the view of your property.


Garage apartment plans are flexible and versatile. While they offer a nice alternative to a hunting cabin, they are also suitable for use as a fishing cabin by the lake or a weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts who just need a place to get away from it all now and then.

If you’re in the market for a hunting cabin our garage apartment plans should not be overlooked. For additional options, please browse our collection of garage plans with flex space.

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Nov 11 2015

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8 Garage Apartment Plans You Might Have Missed

Garage apartment plans are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and floor plans. They offer parking, storage space and accommodate a broad range of needs. In general, these designs offer at least one garage bay and finished living
space either on the same level as the garage or above the garage. With garage apartment plans, the garage varies in size from a 1-car garage to a 3-car garage with some bays large enough to accommodate an RV or a boat. Below is a list of eight garage apartment plans that are easily overlooked in our collection. Take some time to review these plans and find out what makes them special.


006G-0106 – This stylish 3-car garage apartment plan is designed to fit on a sloping lot. With the garage bays tucked into the hillside, the living quarters can be accessed from stairs in the garage or you might wish to add just a couple of steps leading to the optional deck and enter the living quarters from ground level. In addition to being well suited for a hillside, this garage apartment plan makes the ideal vacation home. With all the windows in the vaulted living room and the optional deck, this design is ideal for a lot with a view. Just imagine looking out from the mountain side or overlooking a beautiful lake!


Garage Apartment Plan 010G-0022010G-0022 – Rustic in design, this garage apartment plan has more to offer than meets the eye! At first glance, it appears to be a 2-car garage, but don’t be fooled! Tucked behind the double garage bay, you’
ll find a single garage bay that is accessed on the side. The extra bay is perfect for your weekend car! However, if you want to rent out the second floor apartment for additional income, your tenant can use the 1-car garage, and you can park your cars in the 2-car garage. Don’t miss the handy workshop! The living quarters feature a spacious great room, eating bar, and a stackable washer/dryer unit on the main floor.


012G-0047 – If you’re looking for a flexible design, this is on the one for you. In addition to the 2-car garage, this garage apartment plan features two carports, perfect for boat storage or of use as a grilling porch and just plain relaxing. The workshop accommodates the family handyman. Upstairs, the finished living space can serve as your art studio, workout room or home office, but when guest arrive, it can double as a living space for weekend visitors. A spacious bedroom and full bath complete the second floor.


Garage Apartment Plan 027G-0011027G-0011 – Efficient living with modern flair describes this stunning garage apartment plan! The garage floor plan offers a 1-car garage with storage in the rear. Don’t miss the rear overhead door making it easy to access the lawnmower, an ATV or motorcycle without having to back the car out of the garage. A utility sink and counter offer extra convenience. Upstairs, modest living quarters feature one bedroom, on bathroom, and an open floor plan anchored with an island and snack bar. A rear deck is ideal for those who enjoy grilling or relaxing outdoors. If you’re looking to add extra parking and living space to your modern home, this garage apartment design will compliment it well!


032G-0007 – As simple on the inside as it is on the outside, this 2-car garage apartment plan is designed for flexibility. The garage level can serve as extra parking, storage or a workshop depending on your specific needs. On the second floor, the finished living space is a flexible studio. With a kitchenette and a full bath, it works well as a guest suite, or it can provide that much needed home office or music studio that you don’t have room for in the main home. Or maybe this design will better serve your college student providing a quiet place to live and study without leaving home.


Garage Apartment Plan 035G-0023035G-0023 – This Craftsman-style garage apartment plan begins with a 3-car garage designed with extra deep bays. They are perfect for boat storage and oversized trucks and SUVs as well as other things. The apartment is a bit unusual in that it offers three bedrooms. This feature is uncommon among garage apartment plans making this design an excellent choice for a weekend getaway. You have room to store your boat, kayak, canoe or ATV in the garage and you have a space for the kids or friends to join you when it is time to get away from it all for a while. The living areas are spacious making it easy to gather, entertain or relax.


051G-0079 – Are you looking for a garage apartment plan that will provide your aging relative with independent living while still living close to you? This one-story garage apartment plan offers private living space for your loved one outside your home, but neatly tucked in your backyard. This keeps loved ones nearby in case of emergencies, while allowing them to still live as independently as possible. As our loved ones age, we worry about them falling or needing assistance and not being able to get in touch with us. On the other hand, they worry about us thinking they are no longer able to live alone. This garage apartment design is the ideal solution offering the best of both worlds. The living quarters offer a modest kitchen and comfortable great room, plus a generously sized bedroom and full bath with laundry facilities. If your loved one still drives, there is one garage bay beside the living quarters for them, plus an extra one for you. And the best thing is the 2-car garage has extra deep bays, ideal for boat storage or there is room in the rear for a small workbench or storage space.


Garage Apartment Plan 053G-0013053G-0013 – Here’s another 3-car garage apartment that delivers plenty of parking plus flexible living space. For those with a growing family fleet, a detached garage plan delivers extra parking and storage space. It is perfect for additional family cars, or other items like golf carts and ATVs, the family bikes, recycling bins or maybe a workshop. The second floor offers a studio apartment with full bath and galley kitchen. It is just right for your college student or rental property for those looking to earn a little extra income. If you prefer, finish the second level as recreation room, hobby area or home office. Furnished with a pull out couch and a few other basics, it can easily convert to a guest suite when weekend visitors arrive.


Though the basic nature or garage apartment plans is the same no matter the design, it is easy to see with the variety of floor plan we offer that there is something for everyone. And after you’ve considered these designs that you might have missed, take some time to browse our entire collection of garage apartment plans.

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Dec 02 2013

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Rustic Garage Apartment Adds Value to Your Home – The Garage Plan Shop

Garaeg Apartment Plan 039G-0001Not just limiting itself to providing additional parking, this unique three-car garage apartment plan avails itself of a variety of other uses adding extra value to your already existing home. With two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and a dining room located above the garage, the possibilities of how to utilize this space are quite extensive. Serving as a guesthouse, it allows visiting friends and family not only their own privacy, but also gives you, as host, the chance to relax without feeling like you’re running a bed and breakfast. A more permanent occupant may appreciate the living quarters as they may be utilized as residence for a nanny or other home-based employee. If the kids have their nanny years behind them, this garage apartment plan works wonderfully as a home for returning college students or even the post college student who is still hanging around. Beyond serving living needs, the finished living space could function as the setting for a home-based office by providing a meeting area for clients in a rustic, welcoming, and professional setting. For those with storage needs, there is plenty of room for parking and storage in the three-car garage. To view even more garage plans with living quarters like this one, please browse our collection of garage apartment plans.

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May 14 2013

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Garage Apartment Plans from Leading Canadian Designers – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Apartment Plan 027G-0006While the stock plans offered by The Garage Plan Shop can be built almost anywhere, we often hear from Canadian customers looking for plans drawn by Canadian designers. We are pleased to offer two collections of detached garage plans drawn by designers in Canada. Additionally, we also offer a collection of garage apartment plans drawn by a Canadian designer. Garage apartment plans are thoughtfully designed to offer distinct parking and living areas. Typically, they are two-story structures designed with the garage on the main level and living quarters above. Just like garage apartment plans drawn by US designers, those drawn by our Canadian designer are designed to meet national building codes. Keep in mind it may be necessary to take the plans to a local designer to have any changes made or notes added to the plans in order to meet specific provincial codes before construction begins. Additionally, if your building department requires engineering, it will be necessary to hire a local engineer to review the plans and engineer them to meet local building codes and requirements. The engineer must be registered/licensed in the province where you plan to build. Below is a link to our garage apartment plans drawn by a Canadian designer:


Canadian Garage Apartment Plans


For more designs, please browse our entire garage apartment plan collection which includes those drawn by US designers as well.

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