Oak Park Garage Exudes Style and Sustainability


Tom Bassett-Dilley recently sent us these photos of his prototype green garage on a 30' wide lot in south Oak Park, Illinois.  The garage was built with FSC-certified lumber, a salvaged concrete slab, locally produced recycled content steel siding, and salvaged cedar siding.  There's also a Live Roof green roof, which was designed to channel water into rain barrels for collection. 


The local zoning required a two-car garage, but Tom didn't need both spaces.  So instead of enclosing the space, the garage is open with a permeable gravel patio that accommodates an extra car when necessary.  Due to the small lot, the open design also takes less space from the backyard and can be used as a patio area. 

Tom's experience with his own garage led him to create Green Garage Plans, which states: "We see the garage as potentially transformative to the back yard environment and experience … unlike the ubiquitous cheap vinyl garages, the Green Garage is built to last, using as many local resources as are available."



Photo credits: Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect Ltd. 2009

  • http://www.plasticrainwaterbarrels.com/ Mike

    What a great idea, it looks good and I like the green roof which presume helps with insulation as well.

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Condo Auctions

    Very cool. We should be building all of our buildings to last, I dont know why we would spend money erecting something that we knew was going to need replacing in a decade or two.


  • http://www.aquabarrel.com Aquabarrel

    Great idea and looks good too! Thanks for adding the rain barrel – not too many think to do that: http://www.aquabarrel.com/

  • Anonymous

    Sweet ! It looks like it will work behind my Lincoln Square place. A variation anyway. Thanks. Now – How to go about re purposing old garage lumber ? Someone should write a book on that – an e-book. (probably do)

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