Many years ago everybody knew what a carriage house was. It was simply a shed where the owner of the house parked a horse-drawn carriage. As the years went by, carriages were replaced by motor cars. These houses became garages and hence served as a parking space for motor vehicles. In our time carriage houses have become more than just that – they now also serve various other purposes. Let’s briefly discuss the variety of available carriage house plans.
Modern carriage houses normally have two floors. On the ground floor you will still find parking for the family motor vehicle. The top floor is used for numerous other purposes. When you buy a plan, or get someone to draw up a plan for a carriage house, it’s important that you know what you want to use it for. This will determine the kind of plan you require.
If you want to use the space for recreational purposes, you don’t really need a bedroom there. You probably just need a bathroom and a large open space where you can practice your hobby or just relax. You could, for example use it as a library, in which case you will need shelves fitted.
Many people use the upper floor of a carriage house as secondary accommodation when they have unexpected visitors, for example. In this case the plan should include a bedroom, a bathroom, a small kitchen and an open area living room. Large windows will provide a feeling of spaciousness to an area that could otherwise feel cramped because of it’s relatively small size.
You can of course also make some extra money from the extra living space provided by such a building. You should have no problem to find a student or young working adult to rent it from you. It will make it easier to rent the apartment if it’s also fitted with a study or office.
The house of course doesn’t have to be built on 2 levels. You should have no problem finding a plan that makes provision for the living area next to the garage area. This is of course only possible if you have the necessary space. It makes ideal living quarters for your elderly parents. They won’t have to climb steep stairs to the second floor and they will be close enough so you can keep an eye on them.
There are more than one place where you can buy ready made carriage house plans on the Internet. You will usually have quite a variety to select from. The alternative is to have one drawn up by an architect, but then you will have to pay much more.