We have a contemporary home that has a one car garage attached. The front of the lot is quite narrow and we have some zoning restraints on what can be constructed-- the restrictions are identified in one of the documents attached. The front of the garage will need to be turned by 90 degrees so that the entrance to the garage should face the street. The driveway will need to be redone. We would like to have the design reflect the contemporary architecture of the house and we would also like to use the space where the existing driveway is for a nice entrance-way to the house. Please note that the existing front of the house has a southerly exposure.
Additionally, the front of the house has an arbor above the front door and we would like to replace that with something that is covered so that when it is raining the rain does not come right down the front of the house. We are hoping that by replacing the arbor with something else we can integrate the design of the garage and the house so that the look is seamless. We are also open to any other changes to the front facade of the house that might unify the look and create greater curb appeal.
We would expect that the existing 3 trees in the front yard (japanese maple in the front, redbud tree by the garage, and one tree growing up through the bushes to the left of the house (as viewed from the street) will be removed. We assume the evergreen tree to the right of the existing driveway will remain but are not dogmatic on this point.
Specifically, we are looking to have two plans submitted by each designer:
Design 1) Replace the garage and create additional storage and mud room space. We are seeking design for a two car garage plus additional mud room or storage space. A feasible floor plan for the garage is included as one of the attachments, but we believe we could extend the foundation of the house toward the rear to create the additional space. Additionally, there is room above the current garage roof-line to increase the height of the garage and we would like the inside of the garage to have exterior light. For storage, we need room for the trash and recycle cans (shown in one of the pictures) as well as 4 bicycles and the other stuff that is sitting on the ground or on the walls of the existing garage. We would not be open to lose any of the windows on the second floor in this design.
Design 2) In addition to Design #1, we would like to have a plan to put an office above the garage. We would like this design to create a show house that will have tremendous curb appeal. We are prepared to lose the window in the bathroom off of the second floor bedroom to accomplish this. We could imagine a higher tower that would extend above the roof lines of the current house. In this design, we are comfortable seeing more dramatic changes to the rest of the facade of the house, and have provided exterior shots of the house to demonstrate the style that exists today. We believe there are two potential methods to create the stairs and entrance to the office-- one going up from the new mud room space off of the new garage, and one extending out from the front of the house above the front door and crossing to the right to enter the office. We have no preference between these two options and are open to others as well. We believe that the office will need a small bathroom (including a shower) and that the plumbing would come from the existing bathrooms adjacent in the existing building. Additionally, we are interested in whether a stairway could extend up through the new office and create a doorway onto a new deck opening onto the flat roofs adjacent, but are not dogmatic on this point.
We are open to working with the winning design firm after this competition to continue to develop the plans and leading up to contracting with a builder.
Please let us know if you have any questions.