Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Detached garage with flexible living space - Larry Garnett, Larry Garnett Designs
Larry Garnett presents a plan with a garage that has room for two cars and a fully equipped living quarters above.
Reminiscent of a historic carriage house, the garage has room for two cars and a fully equipped living quarters above. With the dedicated extra parking space, this living quarters could provide additional income as an economical rental unit. It is also ideal as a private guest quarters or secluded space for an adult child returning home to live. It might even be used to house a live-in caretaker, perhaps allowing the homeowner to extend the number of years they can remain in the home.
A. Parking space allows living quarters above the garage to be a rental unit
B. Carriage house — two-car garage with flexible-use living quarters above
C. Kitchen garden
D. Optional stair location for basement or attic storage
E. Covered porch and cooking area
F. Secluded side courtyard extends the living space outdoors. Note that the fireplace is located here instead of the indoor living room.
G. Wrought iron gates and stone arch provide inviting entry to courtyard
H. Eight-foot-deep porch is elevated to create a comfortable and safe place to view the neighborhood’s common court
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