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1. Position the garage behind the house. This renovation project by CBI Design Professionals Inc. is a fantastic example of how this strategy is put to use to enhance the friendliness of the house.
I also really like the rounded detail of the porch around the corner. Very well done indeed!
2. Create a couryard. In this project, having the garage perpendicular to the house defines an inviting courtyard space for visitors. The shed roof of the front entrance slopes backwards to make sure the front door will not be missed.
3. Put the garage in the basement. If the site allows, having the garage in the basement creates more living area on the main floor. The driveway can then be routed separately from the walkway to the house.
4. De-emphasize the garage. Here, the color of the garage door blends in seamlessly with the stone siding, which also helps to play down the importance of the driveway and garage door.
5. The garage as a separate structure. This shingle style home in New Hampshire uses a breezeway (next photo) to connect the garage and the main house. Visitors can enjoy the scenery of the site before entering the house.
Here's a closer look at the breezeway.
Final word: If a front garage is unavoidable, consider adding architectural details to the garage door and breaking up a potentially monotonous driveway to add interest to your curb appeal.
How have you played down the garage, or played up your front door?
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