Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Trend is towards Three Car Garages

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that the trend across the country is toward three car garages. And, if there aren't enough cars to fill the garages, they are being used for storage! Citing ease of access (rather than storing something in a basement or attic), this extra space is highly desirable.

More customization of garages is happening as well:
"Additionally, builders are finding that consumers increasingly prefer 8-foot by 10-foot garage doors compared to the more standard 7-foot by 9-foot doors so that their larger garages can more readily accommodate SUVs and the other bigger vehicles that are growing in popularity.", the article states.

Plus, another interesting feature can be added by the builders - a bonus room:
"Another very appealing feature about a three-car garage is that it allow builders to offer a second floor "bonus room" that can be used for a multitude of purposes."

The article also cites the need for a larger lot to accomodate the three car garage, and the design challenge so that the garage is not the most prominent feature (which we see quite a bit...).

To read more, go here.

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