Co-opt Your Garage

Let your garage enhance your outdoor living space.

By Doug Hoerr


Walled Garden

Walled GardenThe garage in this urban Chicago back yard sets the tone for an entire garden. We continued the brick pattern and tile of the existing garage along a new brick wall to create a quaint courtyard that feels as if it were always there. Adding a retractable awning along the top of the garage created a shady and private destination that invites guests to walk through the garden on their way to the alfresco dining table. From there, they enjoy views of the garden in the foreground and a beautifully renovated 1906 townhome in the background. To further embellish the wall, we fixed iron flowerpot holders onto the facade for a garden wall that can easily be replanted to suit the season.

Photos: Hoerr Schaudt