Buyers now expect garages to be a livable part of the home



Successful builders will meet buyer demand by designing garages with room for cars, storage space, hobbies, and more. Here’s how.

By Lauren Shanesy | Builder

Jay Kallos can still picture his grandfather at work on his workbench. As a child, the Roswell, Ga.–based Ashton Woods Homes Vice President of Architecture would sit perched on the hood of the car as he watched his grandfather build birdhouses out in the garage, a space he had turned into a woodshop.

“The garage is such a familiar place for everyone, a space where people often work on something they enjoy,” Kallos says. “It’s a space that’s also really important to homeowners because, next to their house, their car is the most expensive purchase they make.”

While not every homeowner is a woodworker, the garage has become a place that’s about much more than parking a car. From fully outfitted work stations for a variety of hobbies to an area to store equipment for outdoor recreation activities and other pastimes, consumers now expect the garage to be a fully functioning part of their home.


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