Garage under Garage? Annie...
Well, looks like we are moving our house location over now...too bad I already had the perfect floorplan for the other spot! Now, Garage would be best on other side, and living/kitchen/hearth area all need moved around! This could take a year just to make work!
Annie, I know you have talked often about loving your garage door at your basement level. Our new and improved spot would work very well for this. Since we are on acres, I was thinking a "garage" for our mini-bikes, 3 wheelers, mama's gator (actually going to swipe Hubby's old Jeep!), and such. We won't have a real good close location to get to these otherwise. Other than the extra basement square footage cost, how much extra does it really cost to do non-livable space under the garage? We will be doing an L shape garage, but that probably doesn't matter for this. Also, anything special for the door to get into the basement? If I do the garage below, I will probably to just a one story instead of 1 1/2 story. If I do that, I would have all kids rooms in basement, rather than second story, and do an ICF basement....wondering if regular poured concrete walls are best versus ICF under the garage?
On another note, I really would love to do a 1 1/2 story plus full basement. I love the idea of my girls having their own floor, and a beautiful staircase! However the practical side of me won't be quiet...stupid voices in my head! I'm having a hard time getting the foyer with staircase to come out where I want it, I want to keep my costs low, my oldest is 8, so even if I figure this all out really quick...she will be going to college 8 years after we move in....and my little St one will be 5 years behind her....that's a lot of extra sq ft upstairs that we won't use/rearrange. The voices keep saying I could get everything I want and finish the whole basement with nice bedrooms and a nice rec area for kids downstairs. Plus we will have a 2,000 sq ft barn (1000 per each floor). So its not like we will be lacking entertainment space. I really wish the voices would be quiet...I really want a pretty staircase for garland...but without that second floor I can get everything else I want without going above what I want to spend on the house.