What You'll Learn
Hide the Cars
Sometimes an addition isn't an addition but simply a rethinking of the existing space. Many center-hall houses have a garage wing that directly faces the street, giving visitors a less-than-ideal first impression of your home. Given that these garages are usually plenty big, consider simply converting the space into a finished, heated room that can serve as the new family room/kitchen.
In this scenario, the new garage, connected to the house by an open breezeway, hides its gaping maw behind the main mass of the building. The former garage, now the family room, has windows facing the street and a generous opening out to the backyard.
If you've got the space (and if local law permits it), adding a second curb cut and car turnaround in front of the house is a good idea, so you don't have to back vehicles out into the street.