The photos below were taken within the Betz Place neighborhood, and near the 450 Betz Place site. It shows a wide range of design approaches to the problem of designing an accessory structure that falls outside of the buildable area of the main house. The current zoning ordinance requires that the height be limited to 13 feet measured to the mid height of a pitched roof, or measured to the roof surface if a flat roof is proposed. The 13 foot height limitation was likely devised back when houses were built on slabs, had 8 foot ceiling heights, and had low ranch type roof pitches. The houses that are currently built in the neighborhood are more traditionally inspired and are built 3 feet above grade, have 10 foot ceiling heights and steeper roof pitches. The height limitation makes it difficult to design a garage in a style that matches the main house without seriously compromising on the proportions of the garage, and therefore the beauty. That post can be read here: <a href="http://michaelrouchell.posterous.com/why-is-it-so-difficult-to-design-a-garage-in.
Here are my comments on the photos:
Photo 1: This photo shows where an existing house has been demolished except for the garage. The existing garage has a steeply pitched roof that probably would not be allowed by the current zoning height limitations. Is it any wonder why they left the existing garage?
Photo 2: This photo shows an extremely large house that is currently under construction. The portion of the garage that falls outside of the buildable area of the main house has a flat roof. When this project was reviewed, it didn’t matter so much about the scale of the main house, but they made absolutely sure that the garage didn’t exceed the 13 foot height limit.
Photo 3: This is another house that is currently under construction, also with a flat roof over the garage. The main house appears to be a well proportioned traditional styled house; the flat roof unfortunately, appears to be a compromise to the overall composition.
Photo 4: This is another house that is nearing completion. It appears to have a flattened hip roof. It is another unfortunate compromise.
Photo 5: This photo is slightly difficult to see, but it shows a new traditional cottage that was just recently completed. In the background is the original accessory structure, (I can’t remember if it was a garage or a carport) that was remodeled. A cupola added to the top of the roof traditionalizes the garage, and helps marry it to the new cottage.
Photo 6: This photo show another cottage type house that was completed just last year. The garage in the foreground has a hipped roof that is a very shallow pitch, and is barely visible in the photo.