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Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

July 20, 2020
Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

By Courtney Pittman

Whether you’re looking for a private apartment to host a live-in relative (like an adult child or an in-law who regularly visits you) or just need extra storage space, garage apartment plans deliver loads of versatility. Garage apartment plans (sometimes referred to as in-law suites, carriage house plans, accessory dwelling units, or granny flats) can generate income and help pay off your mortgage by engaging a renter. Work from home? A garage apartment house plan could make a great home office. Or maybe you need extra space for hobbies and crafts – the options are endless!

Click here to browse our collection of garage apartment plans.

These cool house designs add value and flexibility to your property, while offering a unique way for you to expand your living space. We’ve rounded up our favorite garage with apartments plans that are full of style and smart features!

Garage Apartment Plan with Small-Scale Living

Enjoy outdoor living with this design

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 47-1079

This cottage garage apartment sports wood siding, a porch, and a upper-level deck. A two-car garage completes the first level while a spacious 773 square foot apartment rounds out the second level. A large living and dining space enjoys a skylight and access to the deck.

The U-shaped kitchen features all the amenities for small-scale living. A full bath and a bedroom with wall closet and bumped-out bay window finish up the apartment. See plan 47-1079 online.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Modern Garage Apartment Plan

This design offers stylish curb appeal

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 48-934

This modern garage apartment shows off graceful curb appeal with a small (and simple) footprint. The ground floor provides enough space for one car and some storage. Upstairs, a vaulted studio apartment boats a kitchenette, spacious closet, bathroom, and enough space for a washer/dryer.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Garage Apartment Plan with Craftsman Details

Relax in the spacious bedroom in this design

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 47-1083

Perfect for a guest apartment, or as an income possibility, this fine Craftsman garage apartment plan will look good in any neighborhood. With rafter tails, a shed dormer, a gabled porch roof, and a stone-and-siding facade, the Craftsman style is highly evident (read more about Craftsman style at Elle Decor).

A two-car garage shares space with a laundry room and a half bath, while the 679 square foot main living space is upstairs. Plenty of storage can be found at the first landing of the stairs. The living room is open to the stairwell, and is adjacent to the petite, yet efficient, kitchen. Don’t miss the spacious bedroom (which features a walk-in closet).

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Charming Carriage House Plan

You'll find plenty of storage in this design

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 56-575

Here's a charming addition to an existing property, or even a great stand-alone home for down-sizers. The ground floor holds a two-car garage and a large porch, while upstairs, a spacious one-bedroom apartment has many uses. Highlights we love: the spacious pantry and large storage closet (check out these closet ideas from Good Housekeeping).

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Efficient Floor Plan

Storage is made easy with a large closet

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 56-703

Yes, you can absolutely have style with a garage apartment, and here’s the proof. This 562 square foot house floor plan maximizes a small budget with an efficient layout that gives you one bedroom, a kitchen, sitting room, and a great flow throughout.

A generous closet in the bedroom provides plenty of storage space.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Charming Garage Apartment Plan

Lots of windows deliver natural light to this design

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 47-1075

This handy two-car garage apartment has charm galore, plus additional space on the second level for guests (or in-laws), or could even be used as a rental apartment. It's a 484-square-foot apartment, with living and dining space, a complete kitchen, bedroom, and full bath. The bedroom contains a box-bay window and wall closet.

A deck off the living room is reached via sliding glass doors. The dining room, kitchen, and bath all feature windows. Access this apartment by a stairway to the left of the double garage.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Country-Style Garage Apartment Plan

Store items under the convenient staircase

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 124-1098

With room for two cars plus an additional living area, this country-style garage house plan offers a little bit of everything. The garage doors on the main level are both 9' wide and 8' tall. Under the staircase you will find storage space for bikes, gardening equipment, holiday decorations, or anything else you may need extra room for.

Separated from the garage, a set of stairs lead up to the second floor studio. With the full bathroom, kitchenette, and wood stove, this space could be used as a guest apartment, hobby space, or a home office (explore these home office ideas from House Beautiful). 

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Efficient and Versatile Design

Relax on the rear patio in this garage apartmen plan

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 47-1090

This garage apartment floor plan will house two vehicles and includes a charming two-bedroom apartment. This cool design also features access to a full bath from one bedroom, while the second bedroom is conveniently located next to a powder room.

Efficient and versatile, this design offers a kitchen, living/dining room, and a laundry area. A rear patio can be accessed from the living/dining room. Upstairs, 967-square-feet of optional space is available. 

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Chic Garage Apartment Plan

This design sports a spacious, open layout

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 23-444

Explore the inside of this chic garage apartment house plan, especially the spacious open layout. Two bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill style bath, while a laundry room is conveniently located between the bedrooms and main living areas.

A generously-sized garage and half bath share the ground floor of this plan.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Three-Car Garage Plan with Apartment

This three-car garage features a roomy apartment

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 47-1082

Shingles and Craftsman elements adorn the exterior of this appealing garage apartment house plan. A three-car garage fills the lower level, while a roomy apartment resides above.

The 676 square feet of heated living space includes an L-shaped kitchen, light-filled living room, full bathroom, and a bedroom with a walk-in closet. Homeowners can choose to live in this charming home or use the space for rental income.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Flexible Layout

Your guests will love this comfortable apartment

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 47-1081

Need more space for visitors or a live-in relative (say, an in-law or a young adult recently returned from college)? This flexible layout gives you a comfortable apartment that your guests will love (or use it as your primary dwelling for small-scale living!).

Above the two-car garage, you’ll find a full apartment with a living space, bedroom, bathroom, and U-shaped kitchen. There’s even a laundry closet, so no lugging clothing to the laundromat or main house. If it’s allowed in your area, this apartment would make a great rental to help bring in more income.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

Spacious Garage Plan

This garage apartmen plan features a loft space

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans Plan 124-1038

This detached garage plan can house up to four cars if you are willing to park two cars deep. If you don't want to park two cars bumper to bumper this design is extra deep and would offer storage or shop space towards the back.

In the far left corner is a half bath with room for a storage closet. The stairs lead up to a large loft space which could be finished to fit your needs as an art studio, recreation room, guest suite or whatever else suites.

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

House Plan Design - Chic and Versatile: Garage Apartment Plans

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