Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine | New Garages That Blend In

Custom three bay, story-and-a-half garage with red doors.
The story-and-a-half design of this newly built garage in Upstate New York offers loft space on the second floor. Courtesy Aurora Architectural Design
Original Article by Updated: Mar 15, 2021 Original: Jul 9, 2012

What makes a new garage for a historic property look like it belongs? It’s all about scale—and the right details that make it blend in and provide harmony. Since the bungalow era overlaps the adoption of the automobile, style cues abound for compatible design.


It’s all about scale—and the details, says Jeff Nott of Nott & Associates, a design/build firm in Pasadena, California. When done correctly, Nott says, even a three-bay garage can look perfectly at home.Take a story-and-a-half garage Nott built for a collector of vintage cars: at 1600 square feet, it’s larger than many bungalows.

Garage space is tucked between brick piers underneath a porch. The open-swing new doors work in this case, and their Craftsman design pulls the facade together.

“The owner actually has a car lift inside,” says Nott. Even with two car bays and a side room with a window, the garage doesn’t overwhelm the property, largely because a shallow roof pitch and details like shaped gable brackets and exposed rafter tails are all copied directly from the house.

On another garage project (seen above), Nott & Associates borrowed the distinctive rounded and notched pattern cut into the ends of fascia boards from a house in the neighborhood. (When that happens to be Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven, one of the largest Arts & Crafts districts in the country, it’s easy to find inspiration.) The “clapboard” siding is modern fiber cement, “but we install it with true mitered corners, so the look is authentic,” Nott says.

A new garage in Upstate New York was a must for a family who’d moved here from a milder climate. The freestanding garage is tailored to the look of the existing 1910 house, a Colonial Revival with Arts & Crafts touches. At first look, the design of the garage is restrained, allowing it to blend with the classic house. But details are well considered: Deep eaves with a bracketed extension over the side- entry door match similar details on the house; so do the lap siding and shed-roof dormer. The rusticated concrete-block foundation is another period detail. Classic trim and shutters are finishing touches.

Check some of the amazing garage designs by Nott and Associates in our exteriors gallery