The garage is usually an afterthought on the renovation priority list. But not for this homeowner, who planned on upgrading the original garage and driveway of her St. Matthews Cape Cod since she moved there in 2003. While the garage was usable and utilitarian, it did not complement the cottage-style aesthetic of the rest of the house.
In 2018, the homeowner renovated her back porch, elevating the outdoor space to complement her renovated interior. The garage was the finale of this outdoor plan. She carefully saved her money and set about planning the remodel, using the same architect, contractor and designer that she used for both the front and back porches: Todd Stengel (contractor), Beverly Baker (architect) and Libby Rush of Bittners (designer).
A major impetus for the homeowner to renovate was the uneven and broken up driveway, creating a hazard for all ages – from her 90-year old father to her grandchildren. Additionally, the garage was originally made of Masonite, which is a composite mixture of wood fibers, glues and resins. Needless to say, it was deteriorating as rapidly as the driveway.