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Garage Begone! How to Hide Your Wheels

By Catherine Smith, Houzz

Pretty much every household has a car — or two or three — that needs to be housed safely off the street. But a huge driveway, bulky garage and dull roller door can spoil the appeal of a house, dominating the facade and even obscuring the front door. Whether you’re driving into your house or creating an inviting view for people walking past, here are ways to turn a necessity into a virtue.
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Creative Arch, original photo on Houzz

 Make it vanish. Take advantage of a sloping site to tuck your garage back into the site. Here, Auckland’s Creative Arch architects have used a number of visual tricks to make the ground-level garage disappear into the background. Painting the ground-level walls and door a single dark color makes them recede, while cantilevering the cedar screening beyond the house draws the eye to the upper floors. By wrapping strong stairs from the street to the front door and adding a dark plastered wall around the courtyard to the left, they have balanced out the bulk of the garage.

Henry Dunham Building, original photo on Houzz

Divide and conquer. A double garage facade runs to 25 feet or more. Creating a separate building, or breaking it away from the main house with a change in wall alignment or separate roofline, reduces the visual bulk and gives you the opportunity to create more human-scaled proportions., original photo on Houzz

In a modern setting, pulling the garage away from the house gives your architect the chance to play with transparency and proportions. In this award-winning house at Mahia Bay, Julian Guthrie used the space between house and garage to create an internal courtyard sheltered from the winds but joined by a sturdy beam.

 Jobe Corral Architects, original photo on Houzz

Have it stand alone. The internal-access garage has become a byword in real estate advertising. But sometimes the best solution is to go back to old-school notions and separate the garage completely from the house. You can play with fine craftsmanship, such as these floating roofs and slatted screens, to provide a light but sheltering space.
If you have a traditional house with room on your plot of land, a traditional barn-style garage recalls the stables of finer houses of last century. Echo the original house’s bargeboards, finials and woodwork, and install crafted doors that reflect the bygone era.
Take advantage if your house is on a corner or has a separate vehicle lane by tucking a small-scaled garage around the back. Use gable-end windows to draw in the light, slip in a studio or work shed facing the garden side and you’ve created a garage that does double duty

Henry Dunham Building, original photo on Houzz

Take sides. Think of this as the garage equivalent of turning sideways to the mirror while sucking in your tummy: Suddenly that big, bulky, front-on slab of door looks so much slimmer and more elegant. Here, a single-level Art Deco house had a full basement rumpus room and garage added without destroying the graceful lines of the original house.

John Mills Architects, original photo on Houzz

Light it up. When there is nowhere else to hide, make a virtue of the garage with expressive doors that mimic the rest of the house. Here, architect John Mills used semitransparent materials and batten to break up the mass of the below-the-street garage in a tight Wellington site. Lighting the lantern-like box after dark creates a welcoming street facade — easy for visitors to find too.

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