Some houses – especially newer ones – appear to be more garage than house. In the early 20th century when cars were still coming of age, they were stored away in a garage at the back of the lot just as horses and carriages had been in prior decades. Garages were understood to be secondary to the main house and far too utilitarian in nature to emphasize unduly.
Times change. With cars now more numerous and a virtual necessity of life, their storage needs have taken on a new prominence… often aesthetically to the detriment of entire neighborhoods. Here are a few examples picked up from real estate listings and Google Street View.