Providing three garage bays makes a lot of sense if you want to attract multigenerational families. After all, that older child or live-in relative likely has a car and could use somewhere to park. Give them what they need with one of these home designs, none of which comes in at more than 2,600 square feet.

Clever Details

Twin gables adorn this home’s upper level, echoing a dormer on the three-car garage and a pediment over the entry. The main level is host to living spaces as well as the vaulted master suite. A formal dining room and casual nook flank the island kitchen. The great room is also vaulted and boasts a fireplace and double doors opening to the backyard. Note the bench in the mud/laundry room—a welcome touch where family members can take off their shoes before entering the house. In addition to two bedrooms on the upper level, there is also a cozy loft space and an optional bonus area that can be developed in the future. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Traditional Meets Comtemporary

Lovely stone accents and a porch enhance the exterior of this home. Inside, the layout will appeal to a family that wants both contemporary and traditional spaces, with living and dining rooms on one side, and the open family room and kitchen in the heart of the home on the other. A den gives room to work from home. Upstairs, all four bedrooms (including the luxurious master suite) are buffered from one another by well-placed closets. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Curb Appeal Not Compromised

A side entry to the three-car garage preserves beautiful, traditional curb presence. Abundant windows add to the appeal. Inside, a first-floor guest suite provides a convenient place for an in-law or boomerang kid. Homeowners will appreciate the abundant closet space in the bedrooms, especially the master suite’s large walk-in wardrobe with an optional extension. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Space Where It Counts

Even small homes can benefit from extra garage space. This home would make a good empty nest or starter home, complete with a comfortable master suite (check out the two-way fireplace linking the bedroom with the screened porch) and two additional bedrooms for visitors or children. The dining space opens to the kitchen and great room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.