Some typical garage designs are one- to four-car, drive-thru and garage apartment designs. One- to four-car garages are generally designed to be separate from the house. These garages feature numerous architectural design options, exemplified by the various roof line styles, such as gable, reverse-gable, hip and gambrel top.
Generally, three- and four-car garage designs are big enough to incorporate larger design elements, such as front and rear bay entry doors. Three- and four-car garage designs also tend to be adaptable into drive-thru and garage apartment designs because of their size.
Drive-thru garages are also designed as detached housing elements because of their size. They usually feature front and back overhead doors, which eliminates the need for owners to back out of the garages. The double doors also make these garage designs ideal for storing large vehicles, such as boats and recreational vehicles, because of their size and the convenience they afford.
Garage apartments are normally found incorporated into three- and four-car designs; however, they can be designed around smaller garages, as well. The most prominent feature of garage apartment designs is the inclusion of a living space above the garage's car bays. Many garage apartment designs feature open-floor plans in which all the living areas are combined into a single space.