In Great Britain the farm building was called a cart shed. These typically were open fronted, single story buildings, with the roof supported by regularly spaced pillars. They often face away from the farmyard and may be found close to the stables and roadways, giving direct access to the fields.
In modern usage, the term "carriage house" has taken on several additional, somewhat overlapping meanings:
- Buildings that were originally true carriage houses that have been converted to other uses such as secondary suites, guest houses, automobile garages, offices, workshops, retail shops, bars, restaurants, or storage buildings.
- Purpose-built secondary homes, also called "detached dwelling units" or "accessory dwelling units", on the same lot as a primary residence. They have completely separate living areas and facilities, sometimes in the style of converted carriage houses.
- A marketing term for single-family homes, built on a lot just large enough for the home, and often sharing in common land with other homes in the same planned unit development. They are more properly called "carriage homes" or "patio homes". Some municipalities have relaxed setback restrictions for such buildings or allow "zero lot line" carriage homes, in which a wall of the home lies on the property line itself.
Carriage houses for small, city houses could be small, utilitarian, and only adequate to house one small carriage. However, carriage houses for large estates could be quite elaborate and large enough to house many carriages, horses, tack, and hay. They could even include basic living quarters for the staff who managed the horses and carriages. Horses were occasionally stabled in the carriage house but usually in a separate barn or stable.
Other modern uses
Because of the prestigious nature of some large, elaborate carriage houses, the term "Carriage House" is commonly used as part of the name of businesses such as antique shops and restaurants. Sometimes these businesses are housed in former carriage houses.
- Charles O. Boynton Carriage House
- Ladd Carriage House
- Pfeiffer House and Carriage House
- John G. and Minnie Gluek House and Carriage House
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- "Project Guide for Detached Dwelling Units". Denver Development Services. City of Denver, Colorado. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- Sager, Jeanne (31 Jan 2018). "What Is a Carriage House? Horses Not Included". Realtor.com. Move, Inc. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
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