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Title: Garaging the house
Author: Reavis, Benjamin Thomas
Advisor: Brown, David P.
Degree: Master of Architecture thesis
Abstract: In today's suburbs the garage is the most visible space in the house. When open, it signals activity and provides a glimpse into the lives of the inhabitants. When closed, the house is lifeless. Only an orange glow through the mini-blinds represents a potential of movement within. Lifestyle, hobbies, habits, and obsessions are all displayed through the inhabitants' unique use of this 20&feet; x 20&feet; space. Today, the location of the garage relative to the house predetermines the lot size, neighborhood format and ultimately the value. Most institutions will not lend money for a house without protected parking for at least 2 cars. The garage is here to stay and getting bigger. While the SUV continues to reign supreme, a trip through a suburban development will show that the garage is busting at the seams. But the typical garage is not full of cars. In fact it is full of anything but the car. The garage is the one space that the inhabitants feel free to program as they see fit. It is a window into lives and the font door for many. These observations and qualities are the impetus of this project. A single-family house, on a typical 50&feet; x 100&feet; suburban lot, that examines the relationship between garage and house. In context, the relationships extend to neighbors and the yard. What emerges is a suburban type that is not solely based on the location of the garage. It is a type that extends the life of the garage beyond its prescribed envelope to include opportunities previously ignored.
Citation: Reavis, Benjamin Thomas. (2003) "Garaging the house." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17641.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17641
Date: 2003

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