The garage: car(s) and storage.
How can it become an asset to your site?

The Green Garage is backdrop and support for your garden and backyard living. It maximizes garden area, provides more patio and growing surfaces than a typical garage, and minimizes lot coverage and material use.

Features include on-site recycling (of the previous garage), FSC certified lumber, green roofs, permeable paving, and rain barrels. The contemporary design is tailored to each lot by proper siting and sensitive material selection.

With the Green Garage you can add value to your lot while demonstrating how you value the environment.

Philosophy: the Big Idea for a Little Structure

The inspiration for this project arose out of our work with smaller alley-accessed residential lots in Chicago and its older suburbs (such as Oak Park and Evanston), which pose the same challenge: how to make a meaningful back yard with what little space remains between garage and house. Many of these lots either have old and failing, or new plastic garages, neither of which really benefit their lot. We see the garage as potentially transformative to the back yard environment and experience. Rebuilding also gives the opportunity to recycle and introduce sustainable technology, such as geothermal wells under the new slab or photovoltaic solar collectors on the roof: the garage can be a power plant for the house. Unlike the ubiquitous cheap vinyl garages, the Green Garage is built to last, using as many local resources as are available. In keeping with our firm’s philosophy, each project is site-specific, making a meaningful place by linking users to their environment in delightful ways. While these prototypes are rendered as garden structures, like mini-barns, we can also adjust the architectural language (while maintaining the green garage principles) in the case of historically significant properties.

To Learn more about the green
garage please contact us:

Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, Ltd.
301 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304