The Garage Problem

garage, garage doors

The garage has created a major problem for architects.

Throughout much of man’s history his house was likely to cover his livestock as well as his family. It kept his valuables close and was an efficient way to keep the house warm. When man’s condition improved the animals got kicked out to their own accommodations. Occasionally you’ll find people living in very nice houses that were once carriage houses. The carriage house held both carriages and horses. Now they hold people.

I mention this because we have come full circle. Our houses once again include our beasts of burden, only this time they eat gasoline instead of hay. We drive our cars right into our houses, as if this were a natural thing to do.

I personally think it is a rather silly thing to do, but I understand the problem. On a cold, wet morning some kind of attached car storage looks like a pretty good idea. I have considered building such a thing. On cold, wet mornings I notice that my house is dry, and my car is dry, but between them I have to negotiate a minefield of puddles.

Garage, Garage Doors

My main objection is aesthetics. We have many a beautiful house in our area, well-designed in every respect except this: From the street it appears to be a garage with a house attached rather than a house with a ...well, you get the idea.

Compounding this problem is a tendency for people to spend thousands to make their entryway lovely and inviting, while accepting that their three-bay garage should appear utilitarian.

In those areas with large lots building restrictions will sometimes require that any kind of car storage not face the street. This improves the situation, but is not a workable solution for high-density neighborhoods with narrow lots.

I am going to propose a few workarounds for this problem. In three separate areas I will deal with:


Garage Problem - Return to the Top of This Page

Return to House Structures

Home

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.
Thank You








Chrysler Building
See my Architectural Design Principles Sections


Greek Revival House in Hillsdale, MI
See my Greek Revival Sections


Moulton Carriage Door
Solve your Garage Door problem here


Gunston Hall - Georgian Style House
Investigate the Georgian Style here


Queen Anne house Bellefontaine
See the old Victorians here


mortise and tenon graphic
Confused? Try my Architectural Dictionary


cob house photo
Tired or Suburbia? Check out your alternatives here