Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1970s & 1980s Parking

December 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 63

The 1970s - Parking:

By the 1970s, covered parking for two vehicles was standard in Phoenix.  Two-car carports could still be found in some 1970s homes.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes there was storage space above the carport as seen at this 1971 Phoenix home.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The carport sometimes extended out from the main house.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Two-car garages were the most popular choice for covered parking in 1970s homes.  This is a 1971 Phoenix home.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

An enclosed garage protected cars from theft and from the sun.  Garages also allowed for secured storage, which was important since 99.9% of Phoenix homes do not have basements.
1970s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

 

The 1980s - Parking:

By the 1980s, two-car garages were standard in Phoenix homes.  Carports only showed up at townhouses.  Most 1980s homes were designed with garages dominating the architecture.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Bedrooms were often found above garages in the 1980s.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Some Phoenix homes did not have living space above the garage.  The garage had a flat roof instead as seen at this 1987 home.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Typical 1980s Phoenix home with two-car garage.
1980s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tags: Garage or Carport · 1970s · 1980s

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Snohomish County Homes: The Evolution of Style // Mar 21, 2011 at 6:23 am

    […] Trends work a lot like erosion, eventually rendering obsolete things such as indoor brick planters, popcorn ceilings, and hanging macramé planters (Or not, maybe the macramé thing is just me). But what’s the story behind the change? How did we come from log houses to modular homes? At what point in our history did we decide to enclose garages and make the shift away from the traditionally gabled carport? […]

  • 2 Jeff // Nov 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Hello, love your website, having grown up in Maryvale it’s fascinating to me to see so many pictures of things I recognize from my youth. However, are you certain the last picture in the post is of a house built in the 1980’s? Everything about it just seems to scream at me, “tract house thrown up in the early to mid 2000’s in a subdivision.”

  • 3 Leif // Nov 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Jeff, all construction dates were confirmed. Yes, it looks 2000s but is late 1980s.

  • 4 Greeney // Mar 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    The last 2 houses are so beautiful. I really think designs and materials improved after 1980.

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