In my first post “The Education of Beam Babe” I promised to tell you what has gone right with our carriage house barn and what could have gone better. I’m pleased to report that far more was done and has gone right than has gone wrong. Of the two things that have gone wrong, the first one my husband and I could not have foreseen nor done much about. The Ka-zillion dollar arteisan well that produced a “gusher” when first drilled, went bone dry 4 weeks into our living here! After months and repeat visits by the well company where re-fraction was done, my husband and I ultimately had a dug well installed. We now have more water than we know how to use. We feel like water royalty!
The other thing was definitely our doing but in our defense, at the time we planned and built the carriage house we did not think this structure was going to be our primary home. It was originally to have been the guest house. That being said, by the time we’d finished building we were totally in love and decided to make the carriage house our home. This place had everything – except enough multi-tasking space. We needed a bit more storage space, a place for guests to sleep, a “man cave” for my husband and an office for me.
This is where I need to commend my husband as he had the foresight to do three very important things regarding the garage bays when we were planning this carriage house. 1) Radiant heat was put in all the floors; 2) a full bathroom was installed in one of the bays and 3) the ceilings were built at 10 feet high. All three of these things turned out to be crucial elements in converting some of the garage to living space.
Here’s the real kicker: in about an hour’s time the entire space can be changed back to working garage bays with very little effort. The garage doors and all the mechanical systems for them remain intact, as does the cement flooring. Actually, one bay is still a car garage, as this was my husband’s only request when he cut me loose to remodel the space. He wanted to be able to drive in to his house during the cold winter months.