I came across the Yankee Barn Homes through Tiny House Plans the other day and thought they were just exquisite. Though not exactly tiny, the carriage houses (basically a garage with a living area above) are on the small-ish size if you count only the living space, around 1,100 square feet. However, the details in both the interior and exterior explain why the ballpark the price is around $200/square feet. This price doesn’t include land or site work, but it does include appliances and foundation – or basically a “turn-key” price.
The vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and hardwood floors are just a few things to like about this company’s architecture. From the Bennington to the Edgewater, each garage living space offers an open floor plan with some options for the lower level garage area. Want a mudroom or laundry room downstairs? The Hartford offers these including a tack room (which I would probably turn into an office). The Edgewater offers a pool room on the same level as the garage, which again I’d probably convert into something more useful. Thinking of opening a restaurant? The Eaton plan seems a bit more set up for a commercial purpose with a bar/kitchen in the center of the living area and no bedrooms.
Garage or carriage home plans also serve a multi-functional purpose. Many owners use the garage/work space for a business function and the living space as their own living area, reducing the cost of a separate building, or guest quarters. I could definitely see having a workshop in the garage and an office within the first floor while living above to conserve and save funds. There’s also enough garage storage space on the bottom floor to easily store seasonal items or miscellaneous things. It’s a clever use of space.
The square foot to build price might scare some people off, but building your own home isn’t always the least expensive option. Instead, you’re looking at quality over frugality.
However, if $200/square feet seems a little steep but you like the idea of a “carriage house” living situation, there are some other companies out there they sell similar garage plans (Yankee Barn Homes do not sell their plans). According to Eplans, the below garage plan can be built for about $168K to $312K (depending on where you live).
Could you live in the Bennington or similar garage-style house plan?