Carriage garages or houses have been around since colonial America when they were used to keep carriages protected from the elements. Because the early carriage houses were symbols of wealth, balenciaga they often had ornate exterior decorations and stained glass windows. Although the original carriage garages or houses are a rare find, the architectural style remains.
As wealth grew and carriages were replaced with automobiles, carriages houses evolved into garages. Throughout the course of history, carriage style garage owners started building dwelling units above the first floor of the carriage house or garage for servants to occupy as their living quarters.
The carriage style garage with living quarters inside or built above the garage is considered an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) branch of the federal government as of 2010. HUD considers ADUs a positive way to provide affordable housing, reduce urban sprawl and improve air quality in urban areas. HUD encourages communities to allow them on residential properties and some communities have adopted more relaxed zoning codes to allow more ADUs on residential property.
Contemporary carriage style garages can have any kind of exterior styling, subject to local planning department approval. Most jurisdictions have final say over how these buildings are used, especially as residences. balenciaga bag Some jurisdictions will not issue occupancy permits to use the second floors of newly constructed carriage garages because of the safety issues, and if they do allow the garages to be used for residential purposes, they might require extensive use of firewalls to protect the occupants from the cars stored below them.