Garages have come a long way from the days of being a veritable catch-all for stuff. Far from just a storage area to house bikes and boxes and lawn mowers, although they still work great for that purpose, garages now have become extensions of the home. They can be insulated, painted and lots of now have special flooring installed to keep the area feeling comfortable yet still practical. You can add value to just about any home with a well designed garage, even if it really is a detached garage. Tremendous leaps have been made when it comes to design, quality, cost and even appearances in detached garages. When you build a garage at your home you can go with several different styles and types, for instance, a single car up to three cars or more and to top it off you can include an apartment, loft, or workshop. Sometimes barns have been completely reinvented.
In order to fit the needs of the modern homeowner, they have been completely redesigned and modernized. There is a whole lot you can do with a detached garage, it not only adds value to your property, you can also store more with a smartly designed garage and even add additional liveable space to your home. The additional garage space can also benefit you if you own or restore classic trucks or cars or maybe you own a boat or other vehicles for recreation such as four-wheelers or motorcycles and need a place to put everything. By using a detached garage you can have the additional space to work without cutting in on your living space if you are a mechanic or carpenter or perhaps if you are an artist. Garage plans for work spaces will include plumbing for sinks and drains along with 220-volt outlets allowing for the use of heavy duty electrical equipment. Shop vacuums could be installed to easily and quickly clean up after the work is done. If additional living space is something you desire, you can find designs which include living space from a few hundred square feet to well over a thousand, if necessary. Some individuals choose to work from home but the interruptions of actually being in the home are usually disruptive. One solution to this problem would be to add a home office into the blueprints above your detached garage. Or, it is possible to build a garage with a studio apartment or a loft space and rent it out for steady cash flow.
The expense of building a garage with an apartment can be well worth the cost if you find yourself with family, an elderly parent for instance, that needs a place to live and you can gain the peace of mind that comes with them being comfortably housed in close proximity while still having personal space inside your home. Before you move forward with any project you will want to check the zoning laws with your local municipality and be sure you are allowed to have a second living space on the property or you could face a fine. Once you make sure that you are zoned for detached garage by your city or township, it is time to determine exactly what kind of garage you intend to build. You can find garage plans from a number of places including the internet and even a local hardware merchants. You could also meet with a local general contractor, who will probably have an assortment of plans they can go over with you. There are other items that will have to be addressed besides just selecting a plan, such as roof load, zoning, and requirements in property line setback. Unless your property is a square or rectangle, you should anticipate to make some modifications to the plans so that the building will both fit and be in compliance with the city regulations.