Building a Garage Apartment
Building an Apartment
Overview: In these difficult
economical times with prices seem rising on
everything, not to mention taxes that just continue
to go through the roof; a little extra cash can
come in handy. If you have a single story garage it
may be the ideal place for a garage apartment or
build an apartment on top of it.
If you are planning to build a new garage why not
consider building a garage apartment above it.
Plans for apartment above a garage are readily
available on line and at your local home
improvement supply center.
Building a garage apartment is especially useful if
you reside in a college town. College students are
always looking for the ideal place to live away
from crowded and noisy dorms. Many first year
teachers are also looking for rental units away
from the noise and the bustle of congested
apartment buildings. You can even find a tenant in
After the initial cost of building a garage with an
apartment, the rent will pay off the cost in no
time leaving you with a nice tidy source of
additional income while you are paying it off and a
lot more after it is paid off.
Garage apartment plans with an apartment above can
be found in home improvement stores and on the
internet. Many garage plans are based on popular
house plans such as barn, and saltbox styles and
come with a homey feel already included in the
design. A garage apartment should be built to be
met both storage and adequate comfortable living
space for the tenant.
The first step before building is to ensure that
you have the proper space on your property.
Determine if you want it next to the house, behind
the house, or attached to the house. After you have
determined what type and style to build the
apartment you should contact your local building
code officer to determine what you need in terms of
plans and requirement for an approved building.
Keep in mind that in most locations you will need
separate permits for the electrical and plumbing
work even though you are planning on putting up the
building structure yourself. Typically you will
need copies of your building plan for the code
officer and all the subcontractors involved.
After you have received the go ahead and have a
building permit in hand, you can hire your
subcontractors. In determining price estimates
remember to consider appliances, flooring, paint
and the costs of any little details. It's better to
overestimate the total cost and have money left
over than to find out you are over budget and out
of funds. Keep in mind that many plan kits do not
include the little touches or amenities. An
adequate garage apartment should be approximately
600 square feet to provide a comfortable living
space that includes a bedroom, bathroom, and living
room / kitchen combination.
The cost of a 24 x 24 foot garage with an apartment
above it will be approximately $50,000, depending
on how much of the work you do as a DIY project. If
you can do the basic structure yourself using the
minimum of contractor help this cost can be reduced
by approximately 20%. The total cost can be paid
back in just a few years leaving you with a
comfortable second income.
If you are building upon an existing structure the
cost will be considerably lower. Building a second
level on top of an existing is not such a difficult
task. Of course you will still require the proper
Building a garage apartment is a smart way to
increase your property value and provide you with
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