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Mar 24 2010

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Furnish your Carriage House on a Budget

032G-0010 Carriage HouseBy building a carriage house plan from The House Plan Shop, you’ve added additional living space to your home, perfect for weekend guests, the in-laws or even rental property. The list below offers money saving tips to help you furnish your carriage house while creating comfortable accommodations without breaking the budget.

 

·         Survey the living space and determine what items you need. What furniture items do wish to have in each room? What size pieces do you need? How many beds do you need? What type of seating is necessary? A sofa or club chairs? Do you need a dining table or end tables?

·         Consider storage space. Often storage space is minimal in a carriage house so keep an eye out for items and furniture pieces that provide storage such as a trunk that could double as a coffee table or end tables that have drawers or doors with room to stash things inside. Likewise, watch for a sofa sleeper offering additional sleeping space for an extra guest or visitor while providing everyday seating.    

·         Don’t expect to find the perfect furnishings. Rather, look for things that you can improve or change to suit your needs. In some cases you’ll need to do a little hard work yourself, but it will be worth it. Consider a new slip cover and throw pillows for a couch. Repaint a nightstand or a bookshelf. Buy a trendy lampshade for an old lamp. Refurbish a dining table. Sand and stain a nightstand.

·         Look for items that can be used for something else. Can bookshelf work for linen storage? Will a portable microwave cart add cupboard space to the kitchen?

·         Visit eBay and other online stores. Items sold on these sites are often in good condition and are sold at a fraction of the retail price.

·         Check thrift stores and resell shops often. They are always receiving new items, so stop in frequently.

·         Check newspaper ads for auctions and estate sales. They are great places to find pieces of matching furniture at a low price such as a coffee table and two matching end tables or a bedroom set.

·         Visit yard sales and garage sales early. They best items and deals go quickly so get there early to find the best furniture pieces at a great price.

·         Take your stack of mix matched dishes out of the attic and give them a new home in the carriage house kitchen. If you don’t have your own stash of dishes, check with friends and family. Someone will have a variety of dishes they aren’t using and may be willing to get rid of them.

·         Remember to inspect any second hand items for mold and insects. Clean them thoroughly before refurbishing them or arranging them in the living quarters.

·         Consider buying new small appliances and new linens. These items are often on sale for reasonable prices at your favorite department store. You’ll have peace of mind knowing small electrics, like the toaster and blender, will last a while and you won’t have to worry about your guests having any type of allergies to the bed linens or bath towels.

 

Using a little creativity, imagination and ingenuity, you’ll have your carriage house or garage apartment neatly furnished in no time while keeping extra cash in your pocket.

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Jan 13 2010

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Unique Carriage House Plan with Versatile 5-Car Garage

035G-0009, Carriage House PlanIf you are looking for a unique carriage house plan with Victorian charm, this is the one for you. Begin with its elegant styling and ornate details boasting stunning street appeal. Handsome porch columns and shuttered windows are just a few of the details dressing up this carriage house plan. The Victorian architecture is quite uncommon for a detached garage, but extraordinary nonetheless. Another interesting feature about this garage design is its 5-car garage offering 1215 square feet of usable parking space. Two tandem bays paired with a single-car bay makes this one a stand-out floor plan among all the rest. Though an unusual arrangement, the garage easily handles five family vehicles or a pair of oversized vehicles and a smaller one. Furthermore, the tandem bays are deep enough to accommodate boat storage and you may wish to convert the single bay to a workshop or storage space. Beyond the covered front porch, interior stairs ascend to the upper level where you’ll discover more unusual features. Natural light spills through two bayed windows filling the game/living room with cheerful sunshine. A fireplace adds a cozy touch. With the step-saver kitchen overlooking the gathering space, this area easily becomes an entertainment space for friends and family where you can serve snacks and drinks. Or, it becomes an efficiency apartment just right for guests, the in-laws, your college student or even rental property. A bedroom and full bath compete the living quarters. You will appreciate the attic storage, ideal for holiday and seasonal items. Fashioned with function, flexibility and style, you will love having this unique carriage house plan situated in your backyard behind your Victorian style home.

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Aug 21 2009

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Popular Carriage Houses in a Down Economy

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Garage Plan 007G-0003As tough economic times continue, many families are being forced to combine households due to job loss and/or foreclosure. Children are moving back home to mom’s place with the grandkids in tow. The jobless market means college graduates are moving back home too. Grandparents are moving in with grandchildren. And the list goes on.

 

Recently, The GaragePlanShop, LLC, a subsidiary of The HousePlanShop, LLC, was featured in the news. With so many changes in living situations for a wide variety of people and uncertain economic conditions, both of these ecommerce companies have witnessed a growing interest in garage apartment plans and carriage house plans respectively. These modest, yet comfortable living quarters are proving to be a positive solution for those who are running out of room in their homes for relatives who need a place to live.

 

Carriage houses and garage apartments are very accommodating offering comfortable living quarters in an affordable package. Furthermore they are a great addition to any home adding value to the property. Not only will you be providing temporary housing for family members now, but you’ll reap the benefits of having extra garage space to use any way you wish. Consider extra car storage, boat storage or a workshop. When the economy moves in a positive direction and everyone is able to have a place of their own again, you’ll be left with a wonderful finished space with can easily serve as a guest suite, studio, office for a home based business, rental property or whatever you desire. One thing is certain, these popular carriage houses and garage apartments deliver a win-win situation for everyone.

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May 04 2009

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A Carriage House: The Alternative Cabin or Vacation Home

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Are you looking for a weekend getaway that is as cozy as a cabin and as accommodating as a vacation home and has plenty of storage for all of your recreational vehicles and water toys? A carriage house is the answer. Perfect for your wooded lot or near your favorite lake, a carriage house can accommodate all of your needs. Generally two levels, the first floor offers a garage with lots of room for storage. Park the car or truck, ATVs and dirt bikes inside. You will also find it is easy to store a canoe, a couple of kayaks or the kids’ bikes. Garages with deep bays easily accommodate a boat. There are plenty of designs to choose from offering storage for one or more cars and providing more than enough room for all of the things you love. Some carriage houses even provide storage areas ideal for fishing poles, tackle boxes, life jackets and hunting gear, pleasing the outdoorsman in your family.  

 

Just right for long weekends with the kids or your neighbors, fishing with your pals or just getting away from it all, the living quarters of a carriage house offer all comforts of home in a compact floor plan. Typically, the living areas are situated on the second floor and are easily accessed from interior or exterior stairs. In most cases, the floor plan is open combining an efficient kitchen with the dining and gathering areas. Accommodations provide one or more bedrooms and baths. Some floor plans even provide a pantry, walk-in closets in the bedrooms and room for a washer/dryer unit. Occasionally, special extras are included like a private master bath, raised or vaulted ceilings and a fireplace.

 

Though modest in size and design, a carriage house is just right for your home away from home.

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