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Detached Garages Offer More Than Just Parking

29th Oct, 2021 | Filed under Articles, Blog, House Plan of the Week
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With housing struggles across the country more homeowners are turning to improvement projects. Remodels, additions, and even new outbuildings help make their home and property fit better with today’s quickly changing lifestyle demands. While the concept of a detached garage is not new, homeowners’ are looking for more and more out of this otherwise humble structure.

Over the last few years a trend has emerged for garage plans that incorporate living areas; either for hobby spaces, home offices, or a place for guests or adult children to stay. As a result the design team at Associated Designs has seen a large pick up in the number of clients looking to either customize or create unique outbuildings. We will take a look at 3 best-selling detached garage plans that offer more than just room for cars.

Garage 20-189

Detached Garage Plan 20-189

Adorned with charming country and farmhouse details this detached garage plan appears to be any other 2 car garage. And the main level floor plan is designed for just that purpose with the added feature of a wash tub. However accessed from the outside under a covered stoop are a set of stairs that run up to a second floor that is built into the roof to keep the overall height of the garage down. Upstairs you’ll find an open studio with a full bathroom, wood stove, a kitchenette complete with small cooktop, under counter refrigerator, and sink. This studio offers an array of options to be used for hobbies and art projects, a spacious home office, guest suite, or space for college age children to live while attending school.

Garage 20-291

2 Car Garage Plan 20-291

This Craftsman style detached garage offers an oversized parking area. Depending on the vehicles up to 4 cars could be stored if parked in tandem. Or the extra room could be used as storage. The covered porch on the side provides a great opportunity to set up some patio furniture for comfortable breaks when working in the yard or for guests staying in the second floor apartment. Accessed from a set of stairs that run up the back of the garage, the living area on the upper floor offers a kitchenette with sink, dishwasher, and space for a full refrigerator. The dishwasher and sink are set in an island that adds to the available counter space and helps to separate the kitchen from the dining area. A delightful display of windows lines the dining room flooding the space with natural light. Around the corner is a full bathroom and loft area.

Garage 20-119

Garage Design 20-119

Trimmed with batt and board siding and shingles this deluxe detached garage plan could be finished with either a Craftsman or farmhouse façade. From the street two rollup doors open to reveal the 2 car garage. At the back a set of French doors open to a hobby room which could serve as a spacious storage room. A man door on the left opens into a small entry with coat closet. From the entry there are two doors to the outside and a set of stairs that climb to the upper level apartment. Designed to accommodate tiny home living year round, this apartment is fully loaded. A full kitchen with vaulted ceilings is off the entry with a small utility nook opposite. Through the kitchen the floor plan opens to a vaulted great room complete with cozy fireplace and private balcony. Off the great room is an office which could be furnished as a quant bedroom if sleeping space is preferred. Steps away is a large bathroom with dual vanities along with a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower. The larger bedroom has direct access to the shared bathroom along with a step in closet. This comfortable apartment could be lived in year round or offered to friends and family who visit for longer stretches of time.

Associated Designs has been creating quality home and garage plans for over 30 years. Check out the entire collection of garage plans to find the perfect addition to your property.

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