From the Architect's Desk
Occasionally I am asked to help solve a problem that doesn’t require a new building or any new structure at all. These are projects that require many of the architect’s skills: problem solving, analysis, creative thinking and understanding of spatial relationships. Yet it is not an interior design job either. My favorite of these unique projects was for a man with a passion for a special car, his originally owned 1967 Camaro pace car, one of only about 560 of these cars produced. After an absence for extensive restoration and a juried show, the car, now renamed “Phoenix”, needed to share a suburban, two-car garage with three other vehicles.
To create space inside the existing garage where all the cars could be housed required analysis of the roof trusses of the structure, the height available for car lifts versus the clearances required for overhead garage doors, and the structural loads required to support posts. The finished space no longer feels like a typical garage. Everyday cars are stored at ground level while the upper position lifts store special cars. The garage is well lit, features refinished floors and walls, and is an beautiful home for a very special vehicle.