Garage doors

Garage-Guest House

Guest House in the Eaves

Garage-Guest House

One of the most cost effective places to gain a bonus space is above a garage.  By picking up the roof a few feet when building a garage, you can gain usable space such as guest quarters, great storage, a painting studio, home theater, or an all purpose loft.  When we are designing a garage we always suggest adding those extra few feet of head room even if there are no immediate plans to finish it off.  Sometimes our clients ask us to retrofit an existing garage with dormers or knee walls to pick up the roof, then finish the space for all kinds of uses.

Renovated Garage Loft

Renovated Garage Loft Entertainment Center

Renovated Garage Loft

Renovated Garage Loft Entertainment Center

Garage with Guest Quarters

Garage with Guest Quarters

Guest Quarters above Garage

Guest Quarters above Garage

Shingled Garage/Loft

Shingled Garage/Loft

Shingled Garage/Loft-2nd Floor

Shingled Garage/Loft-2nd Floor

Carriage House/Garage

Carriage House/Garage

Carriage House/Garage

Carriage House/Garage

Shingled Carriage House

Shingled Carriage House

 

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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7 Comments

  1. Judy January 15, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I especially like the lighting in the 5th photo (from the outside at night). The lights in the
    windows are very welcoming but its the porch light I really admire because you recessed the
    fixtures below the edge of the porch, so from outside we see warm light but NO LIGHTBULBS.
    This seems important and usually ignored in outside lighting. THanks,

  2. barbara southerland inc. January 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Jimmy,
    I think that the projects are great. Keep up the good work and let us know when you all plan to come to NYC.
    Best,
    Barbara Southerland and James Gilliam

  3. James Crisp February 22, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Thanks, that does make a difference.

  4. Carol Presutti May 11, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I like the clean lines yet warm atmosphere. Great job!

  5. James Crisp May 11, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. Suzy Ryan May 26, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful design on all of them. The powder blue cottage is my absolute favorite. Strong lines yet so charming!!

  7. James Crisp May 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you so much!

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