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Nov 03 2010

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Featured Garage Apartment Plan with Classic Cape Cod Style

006G-0088 Garage Apartment PlanSporting the charm of the Eastern Seaboard, this garage apartment plan displays classic Cape Cod styling with its simple facade, shuttered windows, steep roofline and dormer windows. You may hire a contractor that offers roofing installation and residential roof repair services to help build and install the roof of your apartment garage. A debris chute scaffolding installation may also be needed to construct the whole structure.

An overhead garage door provides side-entry access to the 839 square foot garage/workshop. Extra deep bays are perfect for oversized vehicles such as trucks and SUVs. Furthermore, the fisherman in your family will easily recognize this design as the perfect boat storage garage plan. Whether you need a place to store vehicles and other motorized items or a large workspace for your home workshop, this garage apartment plan delivers with its roomy main level. A storage area offers space for the laundry facilities accommodating those living on the upper level. Interior stairs lead the way to the second floor living quarters. 

With 688 square feet of finished living space, the second floor neatly separates the private spaces by situating the common areas in the center of the floor plan. The apartment delivers a combined living area and kitchenette. Two bedrooms flank the gathering spaces, each revealing a private bath and a walk-in closet. Don’t miss the dormers spilling natural light into each living space. Perfect for rental property, a guest retreat or even an alternative to a vacation home at the lake, this Cape Cod style garage apartment plan is worth taking a closer look.


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Jul 26 2010

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Learning the Basics about Garage Apartment Plans

035G-0002 Garage ApartmentTypically, garage apartment plans are detached garages with living quarters arranged on the upper level above the parking area. They usually provide parking bays for two or three cars on the main level with the second floor living space delivering anything from a studio apartment or “loft” style living space to two or more private bedrooms and baths combined with a dedicated living area, compact kitchen and sometimes even a dining area. Most garage apartment plans offer basic and modest amenities due to lack of space. For instance, a small closet may provide enough room for a stacked washer and dryer instead of separate appliances. Garage apartment plans usually have the outward appearance of a simple house with the exterior displaying a particular architectural style such as Craftsman or Traditional. A broad selection of rooflines and various garage door configurations lend character and charm while giving each design a look all its own. 


Garage apartment plans are designed with various widths and depths ensuring you’ll find the right one for your lot. Because there are so many sizes, it is easy to find a garage floor plan with the garage space you need for storing the family cars, an RV, a boat, a trailer or even lawn equipment.


Garage apartment plans are available with a variety of features. Interior elements in the living space might include a snack bar, fireplace or walk-in closet. Other special extras not in the finished living area could include interior stairs accessing the living quarters, a covered porch or deck, a drive-thru bay, a built-in workbench in the garage or extra storage space. If you need help installing a roof to your garage apartment, you may seek the services of Metal Roof Professionals. You may also contact an electrician to help you install the wiring and lighting fixtures.


There are many reasons why owners build with garage apartment plans. The living space makes a comfortable guest or in-law suite, works well for living quarters for the maid or nanny, provides privacy for your college student, offers comfortable accommodations for a weekend retreat, and is well suited for rental property and income. Furthermore, the garage apartment provides flexible living space that can be used for a home office, hobby room, entertainment space such as a home theater, or an art studio. Contact a local air conditioning repair contractor to install an hvac unit inside your garage apartment. This will provide a comfortable temperature in your additional living space.


Some garage apartment plans are designed on one level with the garage on one side of the structure and the living quarters on the other. This type of layout is ideal for families who have an aging relative in their care. The relative can live independently safely and still be near enough to receive assistance from others with necessary. 


Garage apartment plans are the perfect solution to your additional parking and living space needs. Garage loft plans and  garage plans with flex space share some commonalities with these designs.


Take some time to browse the entire collection of garage apartment plans at The Garage Plan Shop.

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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, bamboo rugs, or even lighting. There are sites online that showcase Discount oriental rugs which can truly add appeal to a room. You may hire a residential electrical contractor to help install wiring and lighting in your garage apartment.

For excess furniture that doesn’t add value to your home design anymore, rather than throwing them away, you can donate them through services like Salvation Army Pickup, for example. 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. You can also incorporate items like vintage runner rugs in order to elevate the appeal of the room.

·         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, epoxy garage flooring, rugs and window treatments. A tight palette creates visual cohesion. Take a look this Selected Hardwood Flooring: hardwood floors in Illinois.

·         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 entertainment units that can be hanged on the wall. 

·         Let your space dictate the quantity of your belongings.

·         Incorporate a few movable furniture pieces like wicker furniture 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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May 26 2010

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Featured Design: Unique Garage Apartment Plan for a Sloping Lot

051G-0008 Unique Garage PlanIf you are challenged by a sloping lot but wish to add extra living and parking space to your residence, this unique garage apartment plan is worth taking a second look.  Arts and Crafts styling dresses up the exterior ensuring it will blend nicely with your Craftsman style home. The drive-under garage tucks neatly into any hillside with side-entry stalls for two vehicles. This two-car garage offers 880 square feet of unfinished parking space complete with dual overhead doors and a convenient service entry, if your parking space ever gets damaged, consider getting a parking lot repair to have it looking brand new. Furthermore, the extra deep bays easily handle oversized vehicles and work well for boat storage. Handy exterior stairs offer access to the living quarters from the lower level, or you can enter from the covered front porch where sturdy columns atop stone pediments greet all. Inside the living quarters, two coat closets stand at the ready in the entry, which directs traffic to the open floor plan beyond. Here, the studio apartment with full bath delivers comfortable accommodations for weekend visitors, the in-laws or even you college student. Thoughtful extras include a meal-prep island and vaulted ceilings paired with sparkling windows making the living areas feel spacious and comfortable. Stylish and functional, this unique garage apartment plan can’t be beat.

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Jun 19 2009

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Garage Apartment for a Weekend Retreat

007G-0007My family loves being outdoors…biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, and the list goes on. When my wife and I purchased nearly 600 wooded acres about two hours from our suburban home, there was no there was no doubt we’d be spending many weekends there with our kids, extended family and friends. We have a couple of nice fishing lakes and several trails for hiking and riding ATVs and dirt bikes. On long weekends, we invite friends and family to the property for cookouts, swimming, fishing and camping in tents. When the fall hunting season rolls around the place transforms into “deer camp” as my brother and a couple hunting buddies arrive with their pop-up campers. I am certain everyone has enjoyed numerous hours and days of fun at our little piece of the wilderness. For a detailed look at what to look for in a camping sleeping bag, check


However, my wife and I do have an eye focused on our retirement. This is the place where we’d like to build a home, the place where we will grow old together and spend time with our grand kids. But in the meantime, we are not getting any younger and camping is getting to be a little bit harder on the body. Plus with teenagers now, no trip to the woods is easy. We strategically load the ATV and dirt bikes on the bed of the truck and pack everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) around them until the truck cannot hold one more thing. Then we hitch up the boat and trailer and away we go to our wooded getaway where we will spend at least a few hours unloading and setting up camp before the fun can begin.


It seemed to my wife and I that there had to be a better way. That’s when we decided to build a garage apartment. It was the perfect solution to our packing challenges and it makes spending the night more comfortable. We chose a garage apartment that would accommodate all of our needs. With a large garage area, we now have room to park the truck while we are there and also have a place to store the boat, ATV and dirt bikes safely while we are away. With so much storage space, we’ve expanded out “water toy collection” a little bit. Now we have a canoe and a pair of kayaks that hang from the garage ceiling when not in use. But these aren’t the only things we needed to store. We didn’t want to have to pack up and bring our fishing poles, tackle boxes, life jackets and hunting clothes every time we left suburbia for the woods. With a little research, I was able to find garage organizers for all of these things and now we can just put everything away at the end of the weekend leaving all of it in the country. Better than that, we don’t have to spend hours unloading everything each time we arrive in the country. We just pull up, jump out of the truck and enjoy the sights and sounds of the woods.


The upstairs living quarters of our garage apartment are modest, but comfortable. With the help of a plumbing company, we were able to build a compact kitchen that allows us to easily cook meals even when an unexpected storm puts the campfire out. Two bedrooms give my wife and I our own space and the kids a place to crash too. A full bath accommodates our needs, thanks to the plumbers who updated our fixtures and plumbing systems. If we invite guests to stay with us for the weekend, the open and flexible living area allows room for a pull-out couch and a couple of sleeping bags. The laundry closet is something I thought we could do without, but I am sure glad my wife talked me into it. It is nice to be able to throw a load of towels in after spending an afternoon swimming in the lake or wash and dry some of the basics after hunting in the rain all day.


The garage apartment is a far cry from “roughing it,” be we can still sleep under the stars on a nice night if we want to. Besides, there are other advantages. Some have asked if we plan to build a house here in the future, why didn’t we just build the house to begin with? For starters, we are still saving up for our dream home, and we still don’t know exactly what we want. This gives us time to live with the land and figure out just where we want to build our house to get the best views and take advantage of the landscape. And when the time comes, I’ll feel lucky to have temporary living quarters at the jobsite during construction of our permanent home. It will sure beat sleeping in a tent at age sixty-something or having to drive two hours to check on the progress of construction. And when our dream home is finished, this cozy little garage apartment will be a perfect guest house and no doubt it will still be the storage space for everything it holds now. Look for a reputable custom home builder if you decide to build a garage apartment or vacation home.


Looking forward to living with Mother Nature for many years to come…

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