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Apr 30 2019

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Garage Apartment or Vacation Home?

Want to build a vacation home? Build a garage apartment plan. They are practical, provide sheltered parking and deliver all the basics you need in a vacation home. Many of our garage apartment plans make great vacation homes. They provide comfortable living quarters for you, family and guests plus protection for vehicles and/or storage for all your vacation toys. Below are a few garage apartments plans that are suitable for weekend getaways.

063G-0001: Slow down and relax with this laid-back Southern style garage apartment plan. The garage accommodates two autos. Upstairs you’ll find a simple but completely comfy studio apartment. There is a coat closet in the main living area and a walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom.  A stacked washer/dryer resides in the full bath providing means for keeping your duds clean. 

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039G-0001: With its rustic style, this unique garage apartment plan is very suitable for a wooded lot. A three-car garage provides space for you and your guest’s vehicles or perhaps use one bay to store quad runners and fishing gear. The apartment above offers two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, family room and dining room.  Enjoy the outdoors on the wrap-around porch. Ascend the nifty spiral stairs in the family room to the cupola. Use it as an extra bedroom for guests or perhaps a hobby room getaway.

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006G-0106: If you have a great view on a sloping lot, consider this garage apartment plan. Vaulted ceilings throughout contribute to a spacious feel. A walk-in pantry and walk-in closets provide lots of storage in this open design. A garage with a double and single bay offers a world of choices for storing vehicles and other necessities like wave runners or quads. You may even decide to use the single side for a fabulous workshop or hobby room. Add the optional deck, and you are set for one great weekend at the lake.

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062G-0116: This totally modern looking garage apartment plan fits the space of a narrow lot.  Wherever you find to build it, this is simplicity at its best. All of life’s necessities like a place to sleep, eat, clean up and visit are all wrapped up in a neat contemporary package. A two-car garage even offers a work bench for your puttering or hobby needs. Interior stairs can be accessed from both inside and outside the garage bay. Enjoy planning your day from a nifty second floor balcony.

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Check out or full collection of garage apartment plans to find one that is suited for your ideal vacation home.

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Jun 29 2010

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Garage Apartment Studio: Tips for One-Room Living

006G-0078 Garage Apartment PlanLiving in a limited space is tough, but many make do with the space they have. When considering garage apartment plans and studio apartments, one-room living is about as tricky as you can get. This challenge is most often faced by city dwellers, seniors and students. So how do you make the most of living is a garage studio apartment? The Garage Plan Shop has some tips that will help you turn your one-room living space into a functional and stylish abode.

 

First you must assess how you live. Do you like to entertain? Do you work from home? Will you have occasional or frequent overnight guests?

 

Next you must edit your belongings. What do you absolutely need in your studio apartment? What items can you donate to charity? What items can be put in storage?

 

The next step is to divide the room into public and private spaces. Depending on the way you live will determine how much public and private space you need. You’ll probably want a sleeping area, sitting/entertaining area, a workspace/office area, a dining space and kitchen. Try separating the sleeping area from the rest of the room using a bookcase as a room divider or perhaps a folding screen. You may even want to include your desk in the private space.

 

Now it is time to create zones with the remaining common areas. This can be done using furniture, area rugs or even lighting. For instance, hang a chandelier over the entertaining space and place and area rug beneath it with a couch along one edge designating this space as the entertaining space. This entertaining space might also be your socializing and eating space as well.

 

From this point, the rest is all in the way you arrange, furnish and organize your one-room living space. These pointers will help you finish your space with style and function.

 

·         Choose multi-functional furniture such as a coffee table that can double for dining or a bench with storage inside.

·         Select furniture on legs so you can see under each piece making the room feel more spacious.

·         Use a few big pieces of furniture. A bunch of small pieces make a room feel cluttered.

·         Decorate with one color and incorporate different textures through furniture pieces, flooring, rugs and window treatments. A tight palette creates visual cohesion.

·         Choose decorative boxes, bins and baskets of different shapes, colors and textures to store small belongings. Stack them in open spaces at the bottoms of desks and end tables.

·         Think vertical when it comes to storage. Shelves, wall-mounted cubes and bookshelves are must haves.

·         Select space saving furniture and accessories such as a flat screen TV that hangs on the wall.

·         Let your space dictate the quantity of your belongings.

·         Be prepared for company. Incorporate a few movable furniture pieces to accommodate guests. Consider ottomans, a bench or a few wooden chairs that can be moved near the sofa when visitors arrive.

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