Back wall of garage before enter the house? Simple built-ins to create a mudroom or storage anywhere from a kids room to a laundry room by adding shelves or a deeper bench for sitting. Or instead of custom, buy two thrify store bookcases and paint them, bolt them to your wall and add wainscotting between them. Then pick up a thift store bench and cut it to fit. Add the hooks and you're set.
If you have a detached garage that doesn't see much use, consider transforming it into an entertaining pavilion: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/garage/ideas-inspiration/utilize-your-garage/?socsrc=bhgpin060314garagerenovation&page=1
Float the patio. Only a subtle grade change was needed to give the impression that this outdoor seating area hovers above the rest of the garden. The beautiful cast-stone patio does just that, relying on thick slabs to form the floor, including a cutout niche to accommodate a nearby tree.
Designers William Diamond and Anthony Baratta made structural changes to the home, adding a front porch with built-in benches and antique carriage lanterns. http://www.veranda.com/room-decorating/cape-cod-summer-house-0608?click=main_sr#slide-3