That looks great man, I'm always designing stuff like that too. Thats a good idea about building the garage and apartment first
Thanks! No need for a full house for just me, the dog, and girlfriend. And a 24x40 with 8+ foot ceilings is a nice little space for a single bedroom apartment, kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
NICE WERK! Just as long as you have a big garage door in one of them for a lift
Absolutely! All the plans I'm looking at for the barn have a 13 or 14' first floor ceiling height to accommodate a 2 post lift. Each garage door also measures 8x8' to fit even the tallest Jeep. Here's a few shots of a more detailed barn I designed in CAD the other day, complete with a few vehicles and the lift. (Don't mind the YJ, it was the most closely related Jeep I could find).
The main barn will be room for 3 vehicles and an area for a work bench and tool boxes, plus the stairs. The reason I designed the carriage house to be attached on the side is for more of a "showroom" with a checkered tile floor for the higher end cars that aren't covered in mud and asking for axle swaps. The F-150 is simply in there 'cause I couldn't find any good models of the other vehicles I have a passion for and hope to someday own. The carriage house portion will be an addition later down the road, and will certainly be a huge help in creating space for less money.
Originally, I was considering 60x40' barns with 13' first floors and then 2nd floor apartment. The cost was looking to be around $120k for the structure alone without electrical or plumbing, simply because its nearly 5,000 sq. feet of space including both floors. By having a small 24x40 (maybe 48) barn, and the small carriage house, total cost would be somewhere around $45k including the apartment for the same amount of vehicle storage, same lift, just not in an open space. Heating will also be much less expensive. I also included a lean-to overhang in the back of the carriage house to store outdoor equipment such as a lawn mower, bicycles, snow blower, etc. Maybe even a project car chassis that doesn't fit in the barn quite yet