It’s a paradox: everyone wants more storage and parking space, but large garages can dominate a façade. The solution: these designs (each with room for three cars) downplay the garage with side entrances, split bays, and lovely adornments.

Practical and Lovely

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Garage? What garage? Oh, there it is, disguised by pretty stone accents and windows. Inside the home, an island with a snack bar adds useful counter space in the kitchen. Head to the great room and relax by the fireplace, or find quiet in the den (make this a dining room instead, if you choose). The first-floor master suite boasts a large shower and corner tub. Upstairs, three more bedrooms access the vast unfinished bonus space, which would make a great home theater. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Divide and Conquer

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You wouldn't guess by looking at this gorgeous exterior, but there's room to park three cars: two of the bays are entered from the side, and the third faces the street. Inside the home, a see-through fireplace adds stylish coziness to the great room and dining area. The bedrooms reside on the left side of the home, with the master suite enjoying a spacious private bathroom and walk-in closet. If more room is needed, the basement can be finished to hold two more bedrooms and a large recreation space. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Compact Yet Spacious

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This charming cottage offers abundant details in a compact footprint. Stone and shingle gables create curb appeal, and guests will enjoy the brightly-lit arched stone portico. Homeowners will appreciate the expansive three-car garage with ample room for vehicles and storage. A convenient e-space features plenty of desk space and built-in shelves. The master suite is crowned with a tray ceiling, and the master bathroom offers a huge shower and corner bathtub. Two additional bedrooms are connected by a second full bath. The plan also has an optional spacious, multi-level bonus room, perfect for a variety of uses. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Focus on the Front

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The three-car garage is entered from the side to keep the focus on the lovely facade. Highlights include the nineteen-foot ceiling heights in the great room, formal and informal dining spaces, a two-story foyer, the kitchen's island seating, and a gas fireplace that the family can gather around. The master suite pampers homeowners with a whirlpool tub, shower, double-bowl vanity, and large walk-in closet.  A tray ceiling adds dimension to the retreat. The second floor offers a balcony that overlooks the great room and a loft/optional bedroom. See more images, information, and the floor plan.