Nobody likes when the garage dominates the façade, but how to best disguise it? Here’s a good solution: break it up. With one or two bays facing the street (making it easy to drive right in) and the others out of sight on the side, these garages won’t hog all the attention.

Stunning Gables

Multiple gables mix with beautiful stone and shingles to create this hard-to-resist facade. A two-story foyer leads to the great room, where a coffered ceiling draws the eye up and the fireplace adds coziness. Columns provide definition without closing off the room. Next to the island kitchen, the open dining area is a modern approach to relaxed meals, complete with enough room for a big table. Lockers help keep clutter to a minimum on the way in from the garage. The first-floor master suite boasts a step ceiling, a large walk-in closet, and a luxurious bath with linen storage and benches. Upstairs, two generous bedrooms share a hall bath with two sinks. Attic storage sits nearby. Two of the three garage bays face the side of the home for greater curb appeal. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Updated Craftsman

Brad Gillette

Contemporary meets classic in this great design by Visbeen Architects. On the first floor, relax in the fireplace-warmed living room or the airy sun room, not far from the spacious island kitchen and adjacent covered patio that's perfect for alfresco dining. In the master suite, lounge in the spa-like bath. Don't miss the convenient laundry area and the den/office near the front door. Downstairs, you'll find a roomy movie area (with space for exercise equipment), two bedrooms, and even a craft room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.  

The New Stone Age

Stone, shuttered windows and wooden garage doors all enhance the style of this French country plan. Inside, built-in cabinets, decorative ceiling treatments, and all kinds of special extras like lockers and an art nice. The kitchen features a large walk-in pantry and a work island that overlooks the great room. The master suite, located on the main floor, has an incredibly spacious walk-in closet and a large bath with a whirlpool tub and a separate shower. Upstairs you’ll find three additional bedrooms and a full bath. The three-stall, split-loading garage offers plenty of space. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Detached Guest Suite

Inside this splendid Mediterranean plan waits a layout made for family life and entertaining, and lots of outdoor enjoyment. Sure to be a hub of activity, the large kitchen island has room for casual seating and easy proximity to the family room. Throw open the many sets of double doors to let in fresh breezes. A separate guest suite offers visitors privacy and opens to the courtyard. The fabulous first-floor master suite includes a walk-in shower, walk-in closet, and arbor access. Two more bedrooms share the second level with a den. A detached game room also makes a peaceful and bright home office. See more images, information, and the floor plan.