Some garage apartment plans are the floor plans used to build living quarters in a detached garage setting. Sometimes the garage apartment plans consist of two levels. On the first level, there is a room for one or more cars and on the second level, there is space for the apartment. Usable garage apartment plans are found on The Garage Plan Shop and The Garlinghouse Company websites.
Other garage apartment plans are found on eplans.com and The COOL House Plans Company website.
Although the living space in a garage apartment is often modest, it may be used for several reasons. Some families use garage apartments as a way to offer privacy and a little independence to teens or college-age kids. Having the kids stay in separate quarters in such close proximity to the main house allows parents the ability to keep a watchful eye on them.
If the garage apartment is fully outfitted with a kitchen, bathroom and indoor plumbing, it may also be used as a rental property or as accommodations for overnight guests. Other common uses for garage apartments are home offices, art studios or crafting workshops. Garage apartment spaces are sometimes referred to as carriage houses or cottages.