Q: I'm building on a small lot with a requirement for a front-loaded garage. How can I design an attractive street elevation that minimizes the garage's impact on the house and the site?

A: Think of the garage as an asset rather than an obstacle in the overall design program. Architecturally, a garage can be used to balance out massing, to introduce a new material or texture, or to downscale a tall house in relation to an otherwise low-lying streetscape. Garage structures can also be used to articulate courtyards, patios, and entryways.

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