Garage: Reinventing the Place We Park


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No longer a no-man's-land of dust-collecting tools and family junk awaiting the next yard sale, the modern garage has been transformed. Today, as this gorgeous book illustrates, one might find a garage masquerading as the perfect guest quarters, a cozy library retreat, a hobbyist's haven, a workshop that will make tool guys (or girls) salivate, or even a traditional old space to keep the car. Besides showcasing some pretty spectacular home and garage design, the book provides scores of ideas for anyone interested in approaching their garage space as more of an extension of their home. Readers may want to use these ingenious creations as a starting point for their own garage, or replicate them with the help of the floor plan accompanying each featured garage and boxes highlighting "Design Challenges and Solutions." A final chapter features "Beautiful Garages for Cars," traditionally used spaces that are as innovative as they are functional.
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"Filled with lavish color photos of ordinary and unusual garages... it shows what can be done to transform ordinary, mundane garages into creative, attractive, and useful spaces."
Library Journal
These two books are fine additions to the literature of architecture and building from Taunton Press, best known for the magazines Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. In an introduction and six chapters, Obolensky, who collaborated with Sarah Susanka on The Not So Large House, presents 52 garages, from basic to elaborate. Various styles and purposes are illustrated, including workshops, hobby shops, living spaces, and parking spaces. The extraordinary photography that accompanies the precise text brings the glory of the "Garage Mahal" to life. The result is whimsical in tone yet serious in design and execution detail. Architect Mulfinger and writer/editor Davis accomplish much the same for the cabin. In four chapters "Rustic," "Transformed," "Traditional," and "Modern" they present 36 cabins from across the United States. In addition to exterior and interior photographs, colored renderings of site plans are included where needed. The authors also emphasize the importance of mood and environment. While this book is a bit more serious than Garage, the joy in the discovery of great design operates strongly here as well. These extraordinarily well-produced books are enthusiastically recommended, particularly in communities strong in second-home construction. Alex Hartmann, Williamsport, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
There's little parking available in these garages: Obolensky's collection of well-heeled buildings have been converted to elegant living quarters or elaborate studio spaces. A brief history precedes the design ideas, but the latter dominate, with lots of color photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561586455
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 990,273
  • Product dimensions: 9.65 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Kira Obolensky has written for print, film, and stage. She co-authored Sarah Susanka's national bestseller, "The Not So Big House. Kira's book, "Garage, was published in 2001. She has received a number of writing awards and fellowships, including the Kesselring Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship. She lives in Minneapolis.

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