Row Houses and Garage Doors

The stained wood and ironwork on this garage door is quite lovely. The front door of this row house has a coordinating design.

The stained wood and ironwork on this garage door is quite lovely. The front door of this row house has a coordinating design.

If I had $5 for every time someone cursed the parking situation in my neighborhood in Philadelphia, I would be a very, very rich woman. Like many older row house neighborhoods, ours was not made to accommodate hundreds of cars. Cars were simply not around when the neighborhood was being developed. Fortunately, many row house neighborhoods allow for the residents go without a car, but if you find you’d like one anyway, parking can be a traumatic experience.

A few years back, Philadelphia thought it would solve the car parking problem by requiring new homes to include off-street parking a.k.a. garages. This is a great idea except that in older lots, it requires the garage to be built on the ground level with a driveway to the street. Although it is nice to have your car protected from the elements and random parking violence, it eliminates the street parking and cancels out any greater good.

My favorite solution is how it’s done in Middle Village, NY. The row homes are built on the garages that you access from a common rear alley. Plenty of parking remains on the street, your car is protected, no one has to look at your ugly garage door, and everyone is happy. But to implement this arrangement, the block has to be designed this way. It’s very hard to construct such parking within a pre-existing footprint.

I pass a lot of garage doors on my daily commute. Some are so ugly, they actually provoke people to cross the street and cause young children to cry in horror. But, fear not! It doesn’t have to be so. There are beautiful garage doors that will not only raise your curb appeal, but will also make the entire block look great.

RowHouse Magazine’s rules for avoiding an ugly garage door are simple:

  1. Buy something that looks like an actual door
  2. Keep your garage door in good repair
  3. Try to coordinate with your neighbors
This is a beautiful, old world styled, garage door. The paneled style and small square windows resemble colonial doors, which are common in this area. The owners have placed a welcoming bench and flowerpot to add curb appeal.

This is a beautiful, old world styled, garage door. The paneled style and small square windows resemble colonial doors, which are common in this area. The owners have placed a welcoming bench and flowerpot to add curb appeal.

 

These are more typical garage doors but they feature a consistent panel design and are painted in nice colors. The arches over the doors are a nice architectural touch that blends the garage with the front entrance.

These are more typical garage doors but they feature a consistent panel design and are painted in nice colors. The arches over the doors are a nice architectural touch that blends the garage with the front entrance.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s