As the following spaces show, a garage can be much more than a place to hide your stuff. Celebrate the unsung space with 8 we love from our pages.
Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes, which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb. The shared service at the back of each unit allows for easy access to the garage and enabled Gregory to maximize unobstructed views at the front of each of the three structures. Photo by Elsa Young.
After living in what was once a poky little Venice, California, bungalow for nearly 20 years, married architects Frank Clementi and Julie Smith-Clementi of the Los Angeles-firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios created an arresting addition. The new master bedroom is directly above the new garage. The beams that support the upper level cant out from the masonry walls of the garage. Photo by Undine Pröhl.
Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a pair of urbanite gearheads and their bevy of cars and motorcycles. A peek past the weave reveals the simple garage. Photo by Gregg Segal.
Architect Jamie Darnell had a simple plan for his family’s home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the result is anything but plain. Jamie built the decking, of ipe, to accommodate a tree by the entrance to the garage. Photo by Chad Holder.
Architect Karen Braitmayer—whose firm, Studio Pacifica, specializes in universal access space planning and ADA compliance for commercial and residential projects—in the garage of her midcentury house in Seattle. Before the home's renovation, much of the garage had been taken up by a large ramp before the concrete floor was repoured on a slope that meets with the house, eliminating the need for a more cumbersome ramp and allowing room for storage shelves. “Your home is a place where you shouldn’t have to put out too much effort, whether you’re a person with a disability or not,” says Braitmayer. “You should be able to reserve all that energy and effort for the outside world.” Photo by Kathryn Barnard.
A new owner with a light touch has kept Marcel Breuer's 1959 Hooper House II a marvel of the mid-20th century whose life will extend well into the 21st. Hooper House II's new owner, Richard North, has altered the house very little, though he did convert the carport into an enclosed garage to provide greater protection for his collection of automobiles. Photo by Zubin Shroff.
To deal with a Malibu site’s sharp incline, architect Bruce Bolander set the steel, concrete, and glass house on caissons. A deep wraparound porch nearly doubles the home’s living space and offers the ideal perch for outdoor dining and taking in spectacular views of the surrounding canyon. The garage serves as resident Dave Keffer’s home office. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.
A resourceful sound mixer sources some local design talent, rolls up his sleeves, and builds small, green, and affordable in Bozeman, Montana. Here, the garage holds doubles as a workshop to hold the tools used to build the place. Photo by John Clark.