What To Do With That Old Garage

What To Do With That Old Garage

What about the garage

  The garage, everybody wants one, pitched battles are fought in the city about curb cuts for them and the resulting lack of street parking.  In the future, will the garage just become another odd space, much like the basement seems to have become these days.  In these days of Uber and Lyft, many people are abandoning the private auto and opting for car sharing services and this trend will only grow in the future.  Sooner than we thing one will be able to order a "Self Driving Autonomous Vehicle" that will arrive where you want it, take you to your destination and then go on to the next task.  You will not need to worry about car insurance, maintenance and just where am I going to park??

The garage has been in a state of flux for many years.  Part of this can be attributed to functional obsolesense, in many cases, older garages are just small and the modern SUV or crossover just will not fit.  So the car sits outside and the garage becomes the depository for all the lawn furniture, bikes, tools, recreational items and old, but still usable refrigerators, because you never know when you may need some extra fridge space.  Accelerating this trend is the fact that many houses built in the past 30-40 years do not have basements, instead being built on a concrete pad.  Since we like our stuff, the extra  has to go someplace, so the garage becomes the storage space.

A quick drive around some of the older suburbs you can  see many houses built in the late 50's and 60's originally had attached garages, but again, cars got larger and garages did'nt.  As a result, people looked at this space and said "I need an extra room"  I have seen many former garage spaces that have been incorporated into the house as additional living and work spaces, and the car does not seem to be the worse for the wear.  the garage conversion trend is not limited to the burbs either.  If you walk around some of the older rowhouse neighborhoods built built from the 20's to the 60's, you can see that the car has been exiled to the street or perhaps the back alley drive and the former garage space has been converted into extra living space.  If one is lucky enough to have a freestanding garage that is no longer useful, some have been made into nice studio's or workspaces or perhaps a great garden shed.

Will the garage go away?   I don't think that it is in any danger of vanishing.  In many areas of the country i have noticed that multi-car garages are almost the size of the house it is attached to. In some cases, one might think that the garage is the dominant part of the house and the living spaces are an afterthought.  I have also seen garages with a special door sized so that you can park the mobile home inside, this also works for your giant pickup truck or boat.  mother always told you to put your toys away when you are done and the garage makes a really great toybox! 

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Phone: 215-760-5825
Dated: July 31st 2017
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About Steve: Steve has been a long term resident of Philadelphia, coming here in 1983 and being stationed at the ...

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