Inspiration: Garage Design Ideas

We recently had someone from YardSmart out to our house to help us in redesigning our backyard landscape. We accomplished a lot on our own, but we were really looking for someone who could help us conceptualize a design that worked with our budget and schedule.  One of the things we know we have to do is tear down and re-build a garage. A few things we have to consider in planning for this:

One of the first things that YardSmart told us is that we should probably just start with a clean slate, which would include tearing down the garage.  My husband was so happy to hear someone say that…he’s been arguing with me for years about building a new garage but, I just wasn’t convinced it was worth the money.  But, it’s really starting to fall apart and I think I need to concede.

  1. Will we move the location of the garage (closer to the house, behind the house etc)?
  2. Will we build it larger than it is currently? Will it have two garage doors or one, will we make room for extra storage above or in the back?
  3. What material and what details are we interested in having in the design? Vinyl siding? Brick? Carriage doors? Roof pitch and type?

I found a really good article on Houzz that kind of walked through how to make some of these decisions. Just highlighting some key things to consider before you begin.  I also found some nice ideas that got me thinking about things I liked and may consider.

Then, I went to Pinterest because…well, duh and here’s what I liked, without filtering any of my options based on what’s actually practical in our situation, these are ALL of the photos that I was most attracted to:

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I like the breezeway in this photo, which would make it much easier to get from the house to the garage in the Cleveland winters.
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So the cedar shake but mostly, I’m adoring the garage doors with the little square windows.
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This one seems a little large but with a loft up-above, we’d have a nice private guest suite for family and friends. This would clearly be the most expensive option.
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Similar loft style, but it looks much smaller…

Now it’s just a matter of figuring out what we can afford right now and also how we plan on getting the work done.  Can we do tear down ourselves and save some money? What restrictions will we run into?

Perhaps we’ll just start thinking about these ideas for now, until we see the overall landscape design which should incorporate some garage structure into the spacing of all of the other elements.  More on that later though…


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