Over the years our cities and towns have evolved. Initially, they were designed for pedestrians however as technology became mainstream, they were transformed to our modern day designs highly driven by the automotive industry.
The Australian urban designs differ though. Most of our towns and cities have never had to undergo the major transformation. This means that they were designed from the very beginning for the typical Australian families generally consisting of a liveable and spacious home with a nice big backyard, a two car garage and a decent garden shed.
Many Australian men have however opted to forgo securing their cars in a locked up garage, leaving them parked either in the driveways or under adjacent carports. This allowed them to turn their precious car space into a hideaway where they can relax away from the hustle and bustle of family life partaking in activities such as watching the footy or cricket over a beer or tinkering over their next DIY project.
Does Owning A Garage Impact Your Property Value?
There is no set formula on what makes an Australian garage perfect. The simple reason is that garages will vary from person to person and will reflect their personalities as well as their practical requirements.
It is however very clear though that garages do add value to any property as more often than less, buyers look for these additional living and storage spaces when selecting their new home.
Workshopping Your Garage
Parking space allowances may vary on your local city council’s rules and regulations. For example, inner city units and apartments may have a limitation that is based on a bedroom per parking space ratio.
When building a new home, it’s always important to confirm the council rules and regulations surrounding parking spaces. A general rule though is to always look at this space as one that can maximise your living space by doubling up as a storage and or additional living space. For this reason, a lock up garage is usually the preferred option by most homeowners.
Practical Tips for Your Garage
If you are looking for additional living or storage space, a few basic additions such as shelves, hooks and even pictures to your garage can easily make the space more liveable. Reusing your old lounge, TV and fridge can turn that space into the ultimate Man’s Cave.
The bottom line is that a garage is a versatile space and can be easily transformed from a simple car storage space into a living space for the occupants of a home.