Designers work to bring often forgotten garages into more use with increased aesthetic appeal, or work to minimize the space required by the garage.
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- Car on the roof: One way to deal with limited space is to build up and designers often like to build a garage in the space on the roof of modern buildings. This is common with buildings partially integrated into the Earth.
- Car under the house: Another option is to build the garage under the house by digging down to create a space with an angled driveway, or to create an overhanging second story that acts as cover for the vehicle.
- Open air: Rather than constructing a completely enclosed space, modern designers sometimes create a hybrid building that is more than a carport, but allows fresh air to flow through it.
- Separate building: Lots that already have a separate building may see that building converted into a garage. Designers may also create a garage that looks more like a cottage than a place to keep the car.
- Car inside the house: Car enthusiasts can show off their vehicles or keep them extra safe with a garage that is part of a large living room.
- Hidden or barely there door:
Modern style often incorporates minimalist elements, so designers can create a hidden garage with a nearly seamless door that only the homeowner knows exists. Others may opt to build a garage with a minimalist door that is glass or wooden slats that outsiders can see through.