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Ideas for your garage exterior. Beautiful garages that complement the home.
The homeowners of this house took advantage of their garage's location behind their house and added a deck above it that connects to the house. The stone exterior of the structure blends well with the rest of the landscaping. The blue door matches the trim and siding found on the house further integrating the design.
Had this garage been built without the attached screen porch, its steeply pitched roof would still have given it some personality. But by adding the porch, it gained much more—an inviting presence.
With well-chosen materials and features, a garage can become a major factor in the overall design of a home.
Because this garage occupied such a prominent position at the front of the house, the architect gave it plenty of visual muscle. It stands out for its stone exterior, the beauty of its twin wood carriage garage doors, the mass of its shingled roof, and the Black Forest whimsy of its balcony.
Increasing the curb appeal of a home is often as simple as replacing the garage door.
For homes with garages out front, the doors represent about 30 percent of the view passersby will see from the street. This attached structure was given a character lift with a slight arch to the door openings and a subtle cross design on the doors.
Not every garage has strong architecture. Here's a home that shows what to do when a nondescript garage calls for a more reserved door treatment.
The darker color of these garage doors allows some visual restraint and lets the architecture of the lighter-color home take the lead in making an impression. For a breezy tropical home such as this, a pair of slatted garage doors was the right pick: They emphasize airflow in a region where it's a must during long, hot summers.
A house with very specific architecture needs a garage that sounds the same design notes.
The garage on this English cottage-style house fits onto the home so seamlessly that you wouldn't know what it was if you didn't see the doors. To carry the point a bit further, the garage door's style and paint scheme are specific to the house, making the garage and home a splendid combination.
The owners of this home wanted a classic wood garage door—but they didn't stop there. To blend the house and garage, they also repeated the house and porch's white trim and brick on the garage and included a dormer over the utilitarian space, which helps send the message the garage is part of the house.
Before remodeling, this two-story house was a nondescript box. So the homeowners didn't want a garage so fancy it would draw eyes away from the new gambrel-front facade. To minimize the garage's presence, the new roofline was given a deep overhang above the garage and, while the garage door fits with the style of the home, it was chosen in a calming white.
Simple and practical, this detached garage represents a style that lives on at millions of homes.
The modest two-car garage is a prime example of how you can make a basic structure better than average. It's been dressed with a ribbon of brick around its base, shingle siding, hefty white trim, a hint of a pergola along one side, red roof tiles, and an inviting window and flower-filled window box. It's tidy, cozy, and a quaint hideaway for a car.
Shed some light on your driveway and garage for late-night arrivals. Adequate outdoor lighting includes a light that will come on automatically when the garage doors open, plus additional outside lighting. Consider installing a motion-sensor flood lamp high on the front of the structure, so it's ready to turn night to day when anyone steps near the garage.
To cap a special project, add an element that signals how much you like your garage. Covering this roof with red tile was a good step, but the homeowners felt they lacked that little special something. They found it in a weather vane, which now sprouts from the roof ridge.