Side-Facing Garage Plans

By Dan Gregory

The two-car garage is at the side of this Country style house, leaving the front uncluttered with cars. Plan 546-4

It's clear from our own survey of plans sold over the past year that side-facing garages are an increasingly popular feature. Plan 546-4 by architect Bruce Butler is shown above.

Front-facing garages used to be standard in new developments. But a reaction against car-dominated, traffic-snarled streetscapes developed. In the 1980s the second home community of Seaside, Florida, by architect-planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, shown below, helped popularize so-called 

New Urbanist design principles, among which was the positioning of garages on the side or off alleys at the rear to make the street at the front the house a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

New communities designed along these lines have appeared all across the US. The Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge, Colorado designed by Wolff Lyon Architects in the early 2000s, shown

below, is a good example. The architect's explain that it's organized around a series of "well defined center greens." Automobile access if off small alleys at the back. I toured the development some years ago and I was very impressed.

At Houseplans.com you can search by side-yard garages. Among the results will be the Bruce Butler plan 
and many designs like Plan 138-188, shown here.


Such plans would suit a New Urbanist neighborhood as well as an infill corner lot in a traditional older community.

01/29/2014