When we first found the plan that made us want to build, I was concerned about the lack of sleeping space since we have 4 kids and when they grow up and get married, that will be 8 kids and their kids. So, 10 adults and a plethora of little ones. I know - we won't all be together too often, but with how far we live and the fact we want people to come stay with us, it always came back to - where will people sleep.
Now, when we started drawing out plans, I butchered that plan. You can see hints of it in there, but I changed a lot. Made the kitchen bigger, added a full bath, extended the living room, added an amazing patio, etc.
We talked and talked about that space over the garage though, but never did anything about it.
Well, when the architect was working on it, he said there would be enough headspace for a whole room. So much was going on then, that I did not think about it at the time, but as the stresses have fallen off and the excitement of the build has picked up, we started thinking about that room over the garage again.
In the plans that were finalized, we put a full set of stairs going up to this space over the garage. No rickety ladder for us aging folks. We also asked him to plywood the floors. Now we have this space, with stairs, and a floor. How much more to put in insulation (vapor barrier as well), stick in a portable air conditioner, some sheetrock and we have a room - not code for living, but a room most definitely.
Darrell and I are going to do most of the work ourselves, we are just having the builder put in the required insulation, drop the ceiling in the garage 1ft. and put in the sheetrock. We will texture and paint and put in the flooring over the plywood. Oh, we are having the electrician to put in plugs as well.
This is a 500 sq ft room that is mainly going to be storage, but COULD, not code mind you, BUT COULD, be a room for guests to sleep in - namely my kiddos. College boy anyone? No plumbing, no windows, just a room. We may eventually put in a sky light or at least a tube, but not right now.
I love being able to maximize all the space we have. Custom is a beautiful thing.