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on November 24, 2015 Exterior

3 Design Tips for Garages that Match

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A new garage can solve your storage problems, provide a protected area for your car, and add charm to your property with distinctive architecture.

Siding, roofing, windows, and other finish materials will establish your garage's personality.

There are two roads to travel here.

One is to have the garage match your home as much as possible by using similar materials and matching the rooflines.

The other option is to ignore the style and design of your home completely in lieu of a more eclectic garage design. (Not uncommon back in the 1940s in Westchester, California, where Googie architecture grew in popularity.)

This begs the question: To match or not to match?


Deciding whether to match your garage to your home or to ignore the existing style is totally a matter of preference. If you are looking to build a garage that matches your home, the good news is by identifying the trademark architectural features of your home and applying them to your garage, you mimic its style.

You want to consider the style of your house and your neighborhood. You will want to match the roof's pitch and (or) height to that of the house if you want the two to be complementary. And you - and your neighbor's - don't want your garage to be widely out of place.

A nicely done Craftsman-style garage in an older urban neighborhood of similarly style homes might add a bit of class, for example, while a two-story steel-sided monstrosity will look out of place and awkward.

Consider these design tips for a garage that matches your home and doesn't ruffle your neighbor's feathers:

    1. Roofing. Once you select the design your garage - in the this case you are mimicking your home - and its pitch, there are only a few decisions to make regarding the roof. The key one is the roofing material. Use the same material that is on the house.
    2. Siding and trim type.Siding is the material that covers the outside of your garage. Your choice will have the most dramatic effect on how the garage looks. Again, the simplest thing is to match what is on your house.
    3. Window design. When you are designing the garage, placement of windows will determine what it is like to be inside your of it. If you do plan on installing window in your garage, be sure to place them to take advantage of exterior light sources (i.e., north-facing windows or windows blocked by trees or other large objects obviously won't let in a lot of natural light.) This will brighten up the space, and you will require less artificial lighting during the day.

A well-designed garage not only shelters cars and adds storage, but also has distinctive architecture that either sets it apart from the garage or matches it. Even a basic garage can mimic house details such as eave depth, siding and trim type, and window design.