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Old Yesterday, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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...and when did it become "fashionable" to face the garage toward the street?


Or is it just less costly to build in that manner?
About a century ago when people started driving cars instead of carriages.

Although I personally prefer my alley facing garage in a planned urban community neighborhood where almost none of the houses have front facing garages or driveways, and it's far more pleasant to take a stroll around the neighborhood.

We have side yards instead of backyards, but they are small to encourage people to utilize public parks and green space and interact with their neighbors.
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Old Yesterday, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Sorry, just a big, grassy backyard with back-porch, swing-set, fire pit, shed, and garden back there, and woods behind that. I like looking out my back kitchen window and seeing my private slice of nature, not trash cans and alley cats.
Same. I don't want to have a structure (garage) cutting into my lot space. I'd rather have my gardens and pool. I don't want any communal drive behind my house either. rear facing alley garages are a turn off to me, probably more than having the garage at the front.
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Old Yesterday, 01:39 PM
 
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I would never own new construction. Not only are most hideous and cookie cutter, they are flimsily built. Unless you hire an architect and custom design build firm to bring your vision to life, new construction in the US is an eyesore.
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Old Yesterday, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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There are no alleys in our city, behind our homes are the backyards of other homes. I fail to understand the reason for some people to dislike garages in the front of the house, which are normal. I have lived in
7 cities in 2 states and have never seen a garage behind the house in an alley except when visiting Vancouver, B.C. and in a fairly new development that's considered an "urban village" in a nearby city.
Personally, I would prefer a detached 4 car garage with 12' roll-up doors.
While aesthetically the swing in side entry garage that we have is nice, it isn't functional. You have to back out and immediately turn vs. our old front facing garage where we simply backed up. I think if the garage is proportional (especially if it is within the house, vs. sticking out) front facing garages aren't that bad to me.
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Old Yesterday, 02:05 PM
 
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There is this area in Miami called Coconut Grove, nice little area with lots of old growth plants and trees, very green. Developers have been coming and buying up the old homes, tearing them down along with all plants and trees, and building these stupid looking white cubes that are homes, that take up basically the entire lot, some found to be even illegally taking up too much lot space. It totally does not go with the style of the area, and I have no idea who in the hell would be interested in such garbage though they said it is some fad with the wealthier South Americans.
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Old Yesterday, 02:09 PM
 
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...and when did it become "fashionable" to face the garage toward the street?


Or is it just less costly to build in that manner?
Where else would it face to get a car into it?
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Old Yesterday, 02:41 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Why do people have such a problem with this? Who wants to try to maneuver their car around every time they leave/arrive? The average number of times a garage door is opened is 3-4x a day, so you can figure having to pull in/back out at least that many times.


It's one thing if you don't park in your garage or if you have enough land to have a sweeping curve to the driveway, but that house clearly has no choice but to have a straight driveway.
Not to mention that if you live in a snowy region those convoluted driveways and garage entrances make it more likely that someone will hit something every so often...and it won't be cheap or located inside the garage.
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Old Yesterday, 02:47 PM
 
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Sometimes the older home is in such disrepair that it would take too much time and money to rehab. I don’t see beautiful older homes being bought up and torn down. In my area, houses that are attractive and have been maintained are too expensive for builders, even on large properties. The crap houses are the ones that are raised.
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Old Yesterday, 02:57 PM
 
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...and when did it become "fashionable" to face the garage toward the street?


Or is it just less costly to build in that manner?
1. Yes it is less costly (smaller lot costs less to build "in that manner")

2. Not so much fashionable as that is what builders offered when buyers wanted a garage along with their house that fit the lot. Many, many homes did not include a garage for many years but once you've had a garage you always want one.

We built first home without a garage, didn't even think about it because many in neighborhood didn't have one even though we were in Delaware where it snowed and rained and also got hot lol. After selling that home every home thereafter had a garage (2 states-condos, single family homes). We got soft, so nice to bring groceries in while raining or snowing, car didn't heat up to 120 degrees in August. They all faced the street.

Nowadays expensive home garages MUST face sideways and be disguised as living space. Lawsy we can't have a garage show it's petticoat. A relative built a really beautiful home in gated community of equally beautiful homes, not cookie cutter, but all garages faced 90 degrees from house (possibly in HOA arch. rules). Wife requires relative to back the car out every single time due to her fear of hitting something.

My garage peeve is garages that stick waaaay out front of the house and require visitors to make a long trip to the front door. They are garages with house attached and ugly to me.
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Old Yesterday, 03:18 PM
 
Location: NC
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Long ago people built homes they expected would survive "forever" or at least a hundred years. Today intact new builds would be lucky to outlast the 30 yr mortgage. By that time everything replaceable seems to need replacing. Roof, plumbing, kitchens and baths, sometimes flooring, often clading, exterior trimwork, windows, lighting, etc. It's the ikea style of building. So maybe the ugly houses will be somewhat improved, except their shape and rooflines will haunt us for a long time.
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