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How much do Carriage Style houses cost per square feet (approximately)?

Carriage houses are generally around $180 per square foot. The cost will depend on the floor plan, the area where you are building, and the type of materials you use.

Are there Carriage style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

Generally, the carriage house is the detached garage. Carriage houses often have a garage on the lower level, with living space above. Some modern carriage style home floor plans may have a detached garage, but it isn’t common.

Does Carriage style house usually come with a garage?  

As mentioned above, carriage style houses usually come with a garage on the lower level. They usually come with a two or three-car garage. Some have more garage bays or an RV bay. Not all carriage houses come with a built-in garage. Some offer two separate living spaces, usually with an outside stairwell to access the upper floor. This works well for multigenerational living or as a rental space because it provides privacy.

Is Carriage style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Originally, carriage-style homes were actually for carriages. They were buildings separate from the main living quarters where carriages were parked and horses were housed. The upstairs often contained living quarters for servants. The architectural style isn’t ideal for a mansion. Today’s carriage style homes are usually average size, although the interiors can be luxurious.

Is Carriage style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

Carriage style homes can be very economical. Part of their charm is their utility. They provide a garage and living area in one simple structure. The heated square footage can be less than 1,000 sq ft. This adds to the economy of building the structure and maintaining it.

Can Carriage style floor plans be open concept?

Carriage style floor plans are often open concept. The construction of the home works well with an open floor plan. Traditionally, carriage houses had large doors and an open ground floor to accommodate a carriage. Today’s carriage houses carry on the tradition with open living quarters that makes the best use of the available space.

What are popular Carriage style exterior colors?

White, blue, and gray are popular choices for the exterior of a carriage house. Red brick and wood siding are also commonly seen. Some of the best looking carriage stye homes combine a cabin style log exterior with large windows for a modern look.

Can you build Carriage style house on a narrow lot?

Carriage style homes are typically rectangle-shaped and ideal for a narrow lot.  Their small footprint makes them a perfect choice for building on a narrow lot, and a lower level garage can also help conserve lot space.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

Most carriage style homes are designed for narrow lots. It’s possible to build on a wide lot, but other styles of home are more suited to a wide lot. 

Can Carriage style homes be built on a sloping lot?

There are a few carriage style floor plans ideal for building on a sloping lot. Designs for a sloping lot usually include a basement.

How many floors/stories does Carriage style usually have?

Carriage style homes typically have two stories. The lower story can be a garage or a separate living quarters. There are three-story carriage house plans available as well. This gives an abundant amount of living space with a simple yet charming design.

Do Carriage style houses have a basement?

Traditionally, carriage style houses did not have a basement. Carriage style floor plans with a basement aren’t common, but they do exist. Some floor plans offer a basement or daylight basement as an option.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

Bonus rooms are fairly common with carriage houses. They are frequently used as a guest house or garage apartment, so bonus rooms are often added. They may have a lower level garage with storage and a bonus room, or include the bonus room on the upper level.

Do Carriage style floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Nearly any home style today offers energy-efficient options. Carriage style homes lend themselves to being energy efficient by design. They typically have smaller square footage than other styles, which reduces energy costs because there is less space. If there’s a garage on the lower level, the top level will have to be well sealed and insulated to keep out dangerous fumes, which also contributes to energy efficiency. There are many options for energy-efficient doors and windows as well.

Is a porch a common design feature with Carriage style houses?

Porches aren’t common on carriage style homes. Traditionally porches were reserved for the main house. A few modern carriage style floor plans include porches, however.

What types of roof does Carriage style house typically have?

Carriage style homes usually have a gable or gambrel style roof. These work well because carriage houses have a rectangle shape.

Does Carriage style work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Carriage style homes are often decorated to have a cozy cottage style feel that works well with their small size and open floor plan. It also helps preserve the original character fo the home. However, they also work well with a modern design. A minimalist approach can give a carriage house an updated look and provide space-saving furnishing options.