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First thing for us to do was to find the cabin plan that Kristy and I liked.  We really liked the 'curb appeal' of this one from Ken.

The floor plan for this cabin also really appealed to us.

2 bedrooms on the main level, a fireplace is the first thing you see when you come in the front door and an open great room/dining room/kitchen.

The 2nd floor has the master bedroom and a loft on the other end of the house and a nice walkway open to the great room below.

The basement will have a two car garage and a couple of rooms down there as well.  I'm not sure if they will be finished.  Probably not right off.  I believe that I would make a game/media room/theater out of the space.  There are 722 square feet down there (the rest is the basement garage).

Knowing that I was looking at 2 structures, I then began my search for a garage with an apartment above it.  CoolHousePlans.com has a lot to review.  This is the plan that met my requirements.  3 car garage, 500+ square foot apartment, interior stairway up to living space (a lot of them have exterior staircases which wouldn't be good with 30+ inches of snow on the stairs at any one time) and a gable roof over the garage doors.

Well, at least there's a gable over two of the three stalls.  The reason for this is that as snow slides off the roof, it lands and builds up a huge wall of ice which is nearly impossible to get over.  We'll just store a boat or ATV's in that end stall.  You don't need to access a boat or ATV's during snow season =)

Some changes will have to happen, and I need this structure to match the look and feel of the cabin plan that I picked from Ken.  He will basically have to use these as a template and redesign them completely in his software.