By Becky Harris, Houzz
Vroom, vroom! Whether seeking out a car turntable or a few extra feet to store lawn tools, people were fast and furious when saving these photos to their ideabooks this year. Much like the cars they house, these high-performing garage designs are stylish, sleek, classic, custom and futuristic.
8. We all fantasize about having a garage this neat and organized. Rails with hooks provide space for yard tools, hoses, ladders and more without taking up floor space. Opaque garage doors let light in. The stylishly speckled floor is every tire’s fantasy.
7. There’s more to this bonus stall than meets the eye. Its placement within the architecture transforms the driveway into a courtyard. This is a good strategy that keeps a garage from dominating a home’s facade too much. The little breezeway between the house and the structure doubles as a covered porch for the back door.
6. Judging from the comments Houzzers noted when adding this photo to their ideabooks, its popularity is more about the driveway than the garage. But what’s a driveway if not an extension of the garage? This driveway provides a modern grid that complements the contemporary Mediterranean style of the house. It is composed of poured concrete and turf.
5. Board-and-batten siding, a standing seam metal roof, a dormer and wooden garage doors with windows give this garage the charming appeal of a barn or carriage house.
4. Houzz Australia contributor Larissa Davis likened this fantasy garage to a bat cave, and the analogy is spot-on. The vehicles are just part of a large toy and game collection in this hideout.
3. Sited along the Yellowstone River in Montana’s Paradise Valley, this building serves as a garage, boathouse, Airstream trailer storage spot, and fly-tying and rod-making workshop. The outdoorsy homeowners prefer to walk and enjoy their property than having an attached building.
2. The only thing more eye-catching than the shou-sugi-ban siding on this Park City, Utah, home is the bright orange garage door. The contrast with the snow and the spectacular views of the Wasatch mountains helped nudge this garage to the runner-up spot.
1. Farmhouse-inspired style had a prominent spot across all of the most popular photo categories this year, and garages were no exception. With its board-and-batten siding, charming lanterns, “X”-motif doors, exposed rafter tails and breezeway, this Bluffton, South Carolina, garage was a shoo-in. Another aspect worth admiring is the way this building is so pleasingly scaled and massed. One stall is stepped back, and elements like the overhang help break up the facade. The roofline also keeps the building from competing with the main house’s proportions.
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