New Trend in Custom Homes Build the Garage First and Use it as a Cottage Temporarily
This is the two-part story of two clients and their clever solutions to easing cautiously into custom building.
A Very Simple Solution : Part #1
This couple came to us very frustrated. They had hired an architect to design their dream home and put it out to bid. All of the bids came in far above their budget. The driveway alone chewed up a large chunk of the budget.
We asked them questions to find out what their priorities were and helped them find several solutions to get what they most wanted and within their budget.
They loved the architect’s design, loved the attached garage, and the breezeway between the two buildings. They did not love the location the architect had chosen for the home. We walked the property with them and our earthwork contractor. Together, we found a more suitable location. They much preferred it; it was sunnier and provided a better view. They especially loved the fact that they could save a big chunk of money on earthwork.
The property will also be easier to maintain, as the laws of gravity will no longer be working against them. The redesigned driveway leads gently uphill toward the garage doors instead of downhill. The septic system is now located downhill from the home rather than uphill.
This couple was also willing to simplify the lines of the garage to save money. An added benefit is that a simple roofline is easier and cheaper to maintain. We moved the bathroom and the laundry from the future breezeway to the garage and enlarged the garage a bit to give them room to store kayaks, etc. as well as their vehicles.
They came up with ingenious ways to make a basic garage comfortable. The master bedroom is upstairs in the loft with a view out over the water. The kitchen, living room, and guest room are all in the main area where the cars will one day be parked. They used the furniture creatively to separate the various areas.
They planted flowers outside, made a nice little walkway to the entrance and placed a picnic table outdoors. The landscaping is simple and natural, woodsy, perfect for a vacation home on the water. The septic system area blends in well and provides a nice little lawn area.
They love their new “cottage” and spend many weekends there with their family, guests, and dogs.
They did not waste a penny. The garage will eventually revert to just a garage with a laundry area and a bathroom for muddy dogs, kids, to clean up in before they enter the main house. The furniture can be used in the home.
See their testimonial