The Garage— You’ve seen the back side…come around front!
In a 1960′s
“modern” story 1/2 house–
you got a detached garage.
it was a very generous
2-1/2 car garage…!
Okay– just a plain, boring facade. Well–? It’s clean. : ]
The 1st order of business–if we can’t change the color–introduce texture. The 2nd order of business–clear out that fence-line!
I used elements from the pergola porch swing to make a connection to this side of the property. Beginning with a kind of “half” pergola on the face of the garage, over the doors. The two large iron brackets were found in a flea market. There is a pseudo-cupola-styled bird house with a rooster weather-vane on the roof you can see that still needs “juje-ing!”
While I still had the electricians, they gutted, and re-wired the entire garage, and added 4 coach lamps–2 on the face, 2 for the side garden.
That urn you see, is cast concrete found on a junk pile at a local “monument store.” I know that may set you back a little, but let me tell you about this unusual discovery.
When I needed to have a marble top table refinished–that’s where I was directed. And it was there that I discovered I could have our vintage iron patio table and chairs SandBlasted back to raw iron for a “do-over!” AND–think about this–maybe you’d like your address carved into a large rock in your front yard landscaping? Well of course–they can do this too! A real surprise of a resource!
The fence row was cleared, and we marked out the holes to dig for each column, and post for the panels. I used green treated decking boards (which were ripped to 3/8″ thickness for the lattice) so all the parts would better handle the climate changes here.
I wish I had pre-painted some of the wood. It was a daunting task–that of course had to be done during the peak of humidity. It was described as “the air you can wear.” No joke. Seriously.
The landscapers came back at the end to plant 3 arborvitaes, a wisteria at each post of the panels, and yellow day lillies at the front and back centers of the panels. This whole design was an effort to give my mom privacy from the neighbor–but it needed to look good for them too! Between the newly amended/fertilized soil, and, apparently, the best wisterias in the word–they covered the panels in one season and were crawling across the pergolas. I’m training the vines to ultimately grow to, and climb across the garage pergola too!
This is a close up of the face on the service door!