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Guest architect Rich Bubnowski is principal at Richard Bubnowski Design in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. richard@richardbubnowskidesign.com

The main body of the house is on the same plane as the garage, making for a bland façade that lacks depth and definition. One double-wide garage door overpowers the front façade and adds very little (if any) architectural interest. Mass above garage doors is flat and unarticulated, lacking human scale.

Columns and a pergola above add interest and create shadows to diminish the impact of the overhead doors on the entrance façade. Shed roof with metal standing seam roofing matches the design of the dormer. The visual consistency adds harmony. Instead of one oversized garage door, two carriage-style doors add scale, character, and functionality. Garage mass is recessed from the body of the house, making the entrance more prominent.

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