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As the name suggests, the carriage house (also commonly referred to as a coach house) was once an outbuilding on larger estates and was intended to house horse-drawn carriages, buggies, and various equipment and accessories. In more urban environments carriage home plans were designed to be small and simple and to take advantage of the practical restrictions on space. However on large rural estates, carriage house plans were commonly quite elaborate and large enough to house the carriages, the horse and even the staff who tended to them. It's obvious now, the need to store horse-drawn carriages is much less common, and there is much less present-day demand for true-blue carriage house plans.
These days, the design of carriage home plans more closely resemble garage apartment plans in that they now commonly include living quarters and office space alongside or above a single or multi-car garage or storage space. Now the carriage home plans are no longer relegated to the grounds of large estates. Families with average sized lots in an urban and suburban community alike have been making good use of carriage home plans to satisfy a number of purposes. Their uses include rental units, guest suites or as the headquarters of a home-based business.