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Old 10-12-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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You see so many homes in Canada with the garage front and center and a little bit of house off to the side. It is hideous. Nearly every new development features this type of design. I don't understand what the architects are thinking.

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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In many cities they getting around this by placing an alley in back. The garage goes in back and the front can look good.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: NC
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And when this plan is utilized, why is it that the garage door isn't painted or otherwise trimmed out so that it is not so boldly commanding of visual attention?
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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This is what was being discussed over in
When did the new 'Barbie doll/plastic' style of housing start in the US?

The garage front-and-center design doesn't seem as usual on the US east coast -- the garage door is either on the side or even with the rest of the house, usually.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Canada
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In many cities they getting around this by placing an alley in back. The garage goes in back and the front can look good.
I suggested this in the similar thread she started in the Canada forum, but another poster brought up the salient point that that's even more area to be plowed in the winter, which could be quite problem for getting ones car into the alley as at leas teh major roads get driven on in storm keeping them relatively drivable, whereas alleys just fill up.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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They're thinking convenience.

Those lots are small, there's no room for a detached two-car garage on the side of the house, so it's pretty much got to be in the front. You could run an alley down behind the houses, but again, that's wasted space.

Regardless, you can easily find new developments here without a snout garage if that's offensive to you.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=elk+g...=12,56.71,,0,0

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=elk+g...228.08,,0,8.94

Personally, I don't see how the second is anymore more "horrible" than the first. Size difference of the home aside, I actually prefer the second to the first. Having a large driveway gap between each runty little house isn't so hot either. Way too much extraneous cement. It's also a pain to park in for the typical two-car household.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Hmmm, seems there are parts of the GTA that are building new developments that include laneways!

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=markha...314.26,,0,0.53

The back:

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=markha...,80.09,,0,5.55
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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The garage front-and-center design doesn't seem as usual on the US east coast -- the garage door is either on the side or even with the rest of the house, usually.
Yea, they're rather rare on the US east coast, didn't realize they were a common housing style until I traveled in the west.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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Personally, I don't see how the second is anymore more "horrible" than the first. Size difference of the home aside, I actually prefer the second to the first. Having a large driveway gap between each runty little house isn't so hot either. Way too much extraneous cement. It's also a pain to park in for the typical two-car household.
I'd still go for the second over the first, it seems strange to see garages more than houses. Agree #1 is a bit of a waste of concrete. In the Northeast, as I said, the first is the norm not the second, so it's partially just what I'm used to.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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You see so many homes in Canada with the garage front and center and a little bit of house off to the side. It is hideous. Nearly every new development features this type of design. I don't understand what the architects are thinking.
I know what they are thinking:

"What kind of house can we design that makes our clients the most money?"
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