A Ryan Homes ad in today's Phila. Inquirer shows a 2-car garage approached in the front of the house, with what appears to be two rows of bushes planted in front of the garage, with no hard surface in front of the garage. It's absolutely *** and silly. Further, the garage takes up about half of the front of the house, and with the entrance, it takes up about 70% of the front. Assuming that an owner would want to remove the misplaced plants in front of the garage, how in the world can you do any landscaping when you have only about 30% of the front available, all on one side of the front face?
Homes like this have the potential for beauty, but when the the garage entry is in front their beauty is spoiled. Garages would be best if placed as a separate building in the rear of the property. If builders include the garage as part of the building to try to make it look like a big house (They must think they're fooling people.), the garage should at least be put at the back of the house, with the entrance on the side.
Often people use the garage or part of it for storage; when the door is left open, the sight is usually far from neat or attractive. Often, they make a room out of the garage by removing the garage door and walling up the opening; this often looks strange or ugly, because it never matches the construction material of the rest of the house. Further, if all or many of the houses have garages in front, people park their cars on the driveway in front of the garage (or its converted room) and the street begins to look like a damned used-car lot.
If builders think they must make the garage a part of the house, they should do themselves, their potential customers, and the communities a favor and put the garage in the back and its approach from the side – for greater beauty, better curb appeal, better street appeal, and better neighborhood appeal. My friends and I would never buy a house with the garage in the front. Builders should keep no-car clutter in mind, even if they have to make the building lot a little wider and less deep.
I couldn't send these comments direct to Ryan Homes, because they don't have their email address on their website. Maybe you can forward this to them.
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