I have a mid century modern ranch house (built in 1955) with a two-car carport that I would like to enclose into a garage. I would like to do it in a way that complements the existing design of the house and does not look like a "garage with an attached house."
Please see the design considerations and selection criteria below.
The existing carport slab is probably not capable of supporting the weight of brick or masonry walls, so those materials will probably not work for the walls of the garage.
I do know the manufacturer of the windows on the house and could match them exactly if incorporating them into the garage design would be advantageous.
I plan to extend the carport slab (though not the garage) about 10 feet to the left of the existing slab (into the approximate area of the light green rectangle in first measurements photo) in order to make a third parking spot in case that affects the design.
The house is located in Dallas, Texas with long, hot summers and pretty cold but shorter winters in case that affects choice of materials.
The garage will be used exclusively for parking cars so there is little need for any particular attention to the interior of the garage.
I plan to do the work myself with the exception of the garage door installation. I have good carpentry skills (framing, siding, etc.) and am willing to hire out for aspects of the job that I could not do, but if the entire job requires skills I do not have, that will hurt my budget.
I would like to keep the project around the $10k mark. I am willing to spend more money if a particular feature or material is a better value or design choice than a cheaper alternative, but I can't justify spending a lot more than that on a garage.
The most important criterion is that the design complements the existing MCM aesthetic of the house. Secondary criteria are ease of construction, availability of selected materials, and overall cost.
I would like an exterior rendering of the garage with the house in order to see how it fits with the house. I would also like enough detail on the design with respect to dimensions, materials, etc., that I could begin the construction myself.
Two of the photos that I have provided include photo-shopped lines with different measurements. These measurements are:
measurements photo #1:
- width of carport slab [red line]: 19' 8"
- length of carport slab from house to edge [green line]: 21' 6"
- distance from house to first pole [yellow line]: 110"
- distance between poles [blue line]: 114"
measurements photo #2:
- height of pole [red line]: 91"
- side overhang [green line]: 22.5"
- front overhang [blue line]: 24"
- beam height [yellow line]: 13"
Also included are pictures of the front and back of the house to give a feel for its existing design. There a number of more detailed photos of the carport. I am happy to provide any other photos, diagrams, measurements, or other details that would be helpful for a design.