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Old 11-16-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Garages with Living Quarters?

Hi all, I'm a recent college graduate starting into work. I'll be looking for a new place in the spring and have thought about building a two or three car garage with 2nd story living quarters on a piece of land. I travel 3-4 days a week for work and really enjoy my toys and working on them. If I could live in a garage, I would, but I don't think that's an option - not many girls would be very impressed when the came over for dinner and I had candles set out on my work bench.

Anyways, I'm looking for pictures, plans, etc, of such a set up. I saw something in this months issue of Porsche Excellence magazine (on the back page), but it doesn't really highlight the building, just the tractor out front.

I prefer modern/minimalist styling, but am open to all types of garage/living quarter combinations.

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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If the law allows it, another option is to buy a used mobile home... cheap... and move it in aside the garage build. Live in it. Then build a "Wet" garage with a "Loft", get it inspected and finished and then finish off the loft and sell/scrap the mobile home.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:09 PM   #3
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Simple pole barn plan. Split level living up/down with shop under and behind the living spaces.



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Old 11-16-2010, 04:10 PM   #4
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Under construction, I have posted this before.

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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Ours is a simple pole barn plan I bought off the net.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:15 PM   #6
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There are many floor plans out there that calls for a 2 or 3 car garage with a loft above it for living, a lot of people uses these for man caves, guest houses, rental income, or simply to live in it.


Go to a site like http://www.architecturaldesigns.com and search for a 2 or 3 car design, keep the square footage approximate so say (0-1,500) and you should come up with a few ideas.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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Here is where our plans came from

http://barnsbarnsbarns.com/
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:21 PM   #8
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A friend of a friend has a large garage that he pulls an airstream into. The trailer works as a master suite, and and he keeps the small area around it set up with fake grass and nice lawn furniture. He has parties there every once and a while and everybody comments how great of a settup it is. When he wants to get out of town he throws his bike in the back of the truck and pulls the trailer wherever he wants.

I'm guessing if done right most girls wouldn't see you as a guy living in a garage, but one thinking out of the box. Just make sure you keep anything that gives off fumes stored properly.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:27 PM   #9
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Here you go
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:42 PM   #10
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There are several examples in the Garage Gallery forum. http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=7
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:10 PM   #11
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Don't be so sure chicks wont dig it. Lived in mine for 12 yrs, even managed to get laid on occasion.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:56 PM   #12
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We live in a single family warehouse. Its one floor, we split it up one third shop, two thirds home. The home has its own 3 car garage!

My wife designed it, so just make the house part big enough and you golden.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:14 PM   #13
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My cousin recently built just that. It'a dutch barn design, with living quarters upstairs.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:45 PM   #14
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Here is the plan I started with, and the modified building.

http://www.architecturaldesigns.com/...lan-2233sl.asp
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:36 AM   #15
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Here is the plan I started with, and the modified building.

http://www.architecturaldesigns.com/...lan-2233sl.asp
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:45 PM   #16
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I have a couple that show the upstairs. I did not use trusses as the plans called for, and moved the knee wall out to give me 18' width upstairs. I built mine 26X30, used 2 entry doors, one by the stair landing so you do not have to walk through the garage. I used 11-12 pitch instead of 12-12, gives me the same cieling hieght/width due to being 2' wider. I used 2 gluelam beams and 2X12 floor joist for the upstairs (gluelams are directly under the dormer walls). I also capped the entire upstairs floor with 3/4" T&G prior to raising the rafters. Really strengthened the building and helps separate the garage from the apartment.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:20 PM   #17
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Heres a couple on the forum here that may help you >

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...tbox&showall=1

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...tbox&showall=1

Both Topics cover the same place, I have followed these topics liking the idea you live in.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:23 PM   #18
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Default Re: Garages with Living Quarters?

I built this garage nearly 30 years ago. Basic footprint was 30x60 with the upstairs roughly 30x30. I've been approached quite a few times over the years by people wanting to build a shop like mine that they could also live in. I've used the upstairs for woodworking and storage, but it would make a nice efficiency apartment also. The greenhouse portion heats the 15 by 40 finished area behind it.(my wife's garage space.)




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Old 11-18-2010, 01:04 PM   #19
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If the law allows it, another option is to buy a used mobile home... cheap... and move it in aside the garage build. Live in it. Then build a "Wet" garage with a "Loft", get it inspected and finished and then finish off the loft and sell/scrap the mobile home.
This is the same idea I have had for a while now.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:41 PM   #20
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For the last 40 years I have been enamored with the idea of living in my shop.

BUT

The safety man told me that it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to stop smoke from

entering the living part............and its the smoke that kills you in your sleep.

Specially if you sleep upstairs.
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I still want to do it
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