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Three bay garage plus kitchen/breakfast area

From Monticello to the house next door, it is common when planning a construction project, to create a master plan and then build in phases.  Phasing a renovation can allow the homeowners to live in the house during construction or spread out the cost over several years.  When building a new home, the construction of a guest house or garage before the main house, can create a secure space to store materials and/or establish a home base to enjoy the property while planning the rest of the project.(which is what Thomas Jefferson did with Monticello)

In this project, our clients wanted to create comfortable guest quarters above a three-car garage with a mudroom/guest kitchen on the first floor that will be connected to the main house in phase two.  In the short run, they wanted to have a fully functional home so they could enjoy their property on the weekends.

It was important to our clients that we keep the design of the future home in mind while designing their temporary weekend get-away.  By fixing in place the fourth garage bay door we were able to maintain a rhythm and consistency across the front of the building.  When the rest of the home is built, this accessory structure will fit right in.

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Buit-in bench and breakfast area behind garage door

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Family room/library above garage

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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