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6 Cool Uses for Garage Apartments

June 11, 2018
6 Cool Uses for Garage Apartments

6 Cool Uses for Garage Apartment Plans

By Courtney Pittman

Building a garage apartment on your residential lot is a brilliant way to expand your space. Not only do Garage Plans with Apartments provide your home (or lot) with additional square footage, but the uses are endless. Although they are modest in size, they have tons to offer as either a primary or secondary residence. With garage apartments quickly becoming one of the most popular additions that homeowners are adding to their homes (and having multiple uses), the reasons for building are bountiful.

1. In-law Suite

House Plan Design - Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #57-632

Do you have an aging parent? If so, you could you use the extra square footage as an in-law suite (like plan 57-632above) to house them and lend them a safe space to live while you watch over their needs (and keep your peace of mind). This grants you the ability to keep them company and still retain your independence.

2. Apartment for Your Adult Child

A garage apartment (or accessory dwelling unit) could also be used as a home for your adult children. Young adults often have some debt to pay off (student loans, etc.) and providing them with a place to live (for a reasonable price) is a great way to lend them a helping hand while they begin their next chapter.

3. Extra Income

Building extra living quarters separate from your primary residence can significantly boost your monthly income. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t use the extra cash? A garage apartment is a canny way to create a rental property. You could gain a steady income throughout the year by leasing the space to a long-term (or short term) tenant. (Of course, check with your local building authority to determine if this is legal in your area.)

House Plan Design - Country Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #23-623

Think about your location – if you’re in a popular part of town (such as a downtown area) an Airbnb unit would be an easy rental option (check out plan 23-623above) and another way to gain income that could go to your mortgage each month. Yes please!

4. Office (or Hobby) Space

Do you work from home and need a quiet area to get things done without being disturbed? Or perhaps you are an artist or a musician and would like a space to retreat to when you are feeling creative.

House Plan Design - European Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #1064-10

Whatever the case, a garage apartment can pose as a great office (or escape). A separate space will allow you to have a designated work area (like plan 1064-10 above) without any distractions. It also provides you with a valuable spot for professional meetings.

5. Guest House

House Plan Design - Farmhouse Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #56-575

Are guests constantly asking to stay with you (and sleep on your couch)? If this is the case, then turning a garage apartment into a guest suite (such as plan 56-575 pictured above) could be really beneficial for you. How convenient for your family and friends (and you) to have the option of retreating to a private little getaway (and not your couch) – just steps away in your own backyard.

6. Nanny Quarters

House Plan Design - 6 Cool Uses for Garage Apartments

If you have a nanny for your children and it makes sense for them to become a “live-in” nanny, then allowing a garage apartment (plan 23-441 above) to be their living quarters could be the perfect scenario. They gain their own private space and an easy commute to work that is just steps away (literally), and you gain the convenience of having a nanny close by in case of emergencies.

Check Regulations

Before beginning any construction project, be sure to check with your local contractor about regulations, restrictions, and permits. Codes vary depending on where you are building, check with your city for information on building permits. Once you receive the green light, you can use our handy Cost-to-Build Calculator to figure out building costs.

Take a Look at Some of our Newest Garage Plansand get inspired!

House Plan Design - Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #47-1068

With a full 648 square feet of space to play with in this design, plan 47-1068 (above) can be used as a work space, man cave, she shed, or for housing your RV safely. A side entry lends access to the interior of the garage without the hassle of raising the main door.

House Plan Design - Country Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #47-1079

Plan 47-1079 (above) has lots to offer! With a large living and dining space, kitchen, and full bath, this design can be used in a variety of ways. A front porch and upper deck are added bonuses!

House Plan Design - Traditional Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #47-1062

If projects are your thing, then plan 47-1062 (above) is a great option for you. Not only is there room for two cars, but an additional oversized workshop space (with a separate entrance) grants you plenty of room for storage.

House Plan Design - Traditional Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #47-1081

This two-car garage plan (plan 47-1081 above) features a guest suite with an easy flow between the living, kitchen, and dining areas. A private bedroom and full bath also reside on the second level of this flexible floor plan.

House Plan Design - Country Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #47-1090

With an alluring two-bedroom apartment, this efficient design (plan 47-1090 would make a superb rental property. Not only can it house two vehicles, but it also includes a rear patio that could make a fantastic outdoor living space (and add more square footage).

House Plan Design - Traditional Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #942-53

Plan 942-53 (above) implements a two-car garage and ample storage under the stairs on the lower level. A quaint loft on the second floor would make a great office space or guest suite and even includes a fireplace!

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