ISSUE 7  |  Garage Envy

Garage Envy: 10 Sleekly Styled Garages

February 19, 2014 7:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

We love a good garage, and to us, a good garage is at home with the architecture of the house around it. We spotted ten garage facades worth appreciating, from members of the Remodelista + Gardenista Architect/Designer Directory

Above: Feldman Architecture added a 10-foot wide garage to the left of this 1860s San Francisco cottage during a renovation, but made the design discreet due to historic concerns. From the back, however, the addition is a modern two-story glass tower. For more from the architect, see Feldman Architecture: Cottages in the Mill Valley Forest.

Above: This barn garage by CCS Architecture is part of a Santa Cruz “country compound” belonging to a San Francisco couple with six children. The family wanted a rustic feel for their second home and versatility among the buildings for each member’s various activities. For more from the firm, see Architect Visit: Leroy Street Studio and CCS Architecture.

Above: Located in Washington state’s Methow Valley, this 1,500-square-foot cabin and garage by Seattle-based FINNE Architects is the guest quarters to a larger main house on the property. Read more about the Mazama Cabin at FINNE.

Above: This live/work space in Spain designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects meets the street with an almost intimidating modern facade with a retractable gate for car storage. At the back, however, the home relaxes into the landscape. Photograph by Nikolas Koenig.

Above: Translucent panels at the top of this garage by Seattle-based Harrison Architects allow plenty of light into the sometime workspace. What’s more, the building has a living roof. Learn more in Architect Visit: Harrison Architects Garage

Above: Deborah Berke & Partners Architects made use of brick, stucco, stained wood, and aluminum to unify the exterior of this 5,400-square-foot single-level home in New Jersey. See more of Berke’s work in Palette & Paints: 8 Colorful Exterior Stains and The Cult of the Courtyard: 10 Homes with Amazing Interior Light.

Above: Though it’s now used as a guest studio, this onetime garage in Washington’s San Juan Islands still features a weathered steel facade and sits at the end of a gravel drive. After a renovation by Seattle architects Olson Kundig, the garage doors now open onto a living room. Read more about the project, called The Garage, at Olson Kundig. Photograph by Benjamin Benschneider.

Above: This two-door garage from Seattle-based Balance Associates features polished concrete floors, lofted ceilings, and frosted glass doors. Read about the project in Architect Visit: Balance Associates Garage. Photograph by Steve Keating

Above: We love this wall of Douglas fir against the copper paneling on this modern house in Wisconsin by Vincent James Associates Architects (with landscapes by directory members Coen + Partners). Read more about the project in A Copper-Clad Modernist Gem in the Big Woods. Photograph by Don Wong

Above: Kennerly Architecture & Planning renovated this 850-square-foot San Francisco row house, adding a screen of western red cedar on the home’s facade to tie it in nicely with the garage door to the left. Read more about the project in Architect Visit: Owen Kennerly Renovation in San Francisco

Keep exploring exterior architecture in The Cult of the Courtyard: 10 Homes with Amazing Interior Light and Garden Sheds and Outbuildings from the Gardenista Gallery