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    Cyburbian Habanero's avatar
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    Codifying design and density

    Can someone please explain a benefit of 45-ft lot with a single car garage in a commuter, stereotypical single family subdivision? Not rhetorical, I really want to hear the other side.

    Does anyone have an example of design standards that minimize the garage fronts on narrow lots, so that one could maximize density? In my mind, and perhaps this is simplistic, a front loaded, single car garage doesn't magically erase cars from the front of the home, it simply puts them in the driveway or ensures they line streets.


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    Here are the residential design guidelines my former employer in Chicagoland developed and implemented to 'manage' the teardowns/significant additions in established neighborhoods.

    I don't necessarily see a benefit or detriment to such a lot design. I think this is simply a way for a developer to reduce costs per unit, but increase density to make more even more.

    One car garages will not reduce cars, but simply put them in different locations at or near the house.

    I think it would be good to try to get the developer to put the garage face secondary on the facade moving the garage mass into the mass of the living space instead of the common garage 'box' in front of the living space 'box' in terms of the floorplan. It's much easier/simpler to build two square boxes, one in front of the other.

    A 45 foot lot width with minimal side setbacks (like min. 5 ft) could allow for a nice human oriented facade if the garage facade is placed at a subordinate plane. Good luck.
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    thanks for the example - I think my issue right now is that the garage is either in line with the front facade or a bit snouty. That's going to look just as bad as whatever has been built by the lowest common denominator market for the last few decades.
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