7 Wacky, Weird, and Wonderful Garages

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professional Associates

Most of the time our garages don’t get a lot of attention, but that’s usually by design. Nevertheless, some garages definitely deserve a closer look — if not a jaw-dropping double-take. Ready for the unusual?

Room to Zoom

Most of us are happy with a garage that has enough space to include the leaf rake and spare folding chairs. But a home owner in Japan built a 2,000 sq. ft. house with garage space for nine exotic cars, plus an elevator so he could display them in his living room. Need spare chairs? Bring up the Lamborghini!

 

 

Great Big Tent for an Itty Bitty Car

Who says your garage has to be dull? With its see-through walls and carnival-inspired roof, this detached garage is a giant display case for its modestly sized inhabitant. Before planning a garage addition that’s either freestanding or attached, be sure to check your local building ordinances for property line setbacks and any zoning restrictions.

 

 

Can Your Garage Door Do This?

A garage door is the heaviest moving object in your home. That’s especially true for the hydraulically lifted facade of this Florida B&B that raises to reveal parked cars. No matter how heavy your garage door, give it regular maintenance to keep it operating smoothly and safely.

 

 

A Garage that’s Out of This World

This is either a cool roof or a UFO with an otherwordly attraction to plain garages. Down-to-Earth features for garages include built-in storage, epoxy floor coatings, and plenty of space between cars and walls — 4 to 5 feet is ideal.

 

 

He Said, She Said

Got a difference of opinion with your significant other? If you have a double-car garage, you can express your individuality with paint. While you’re at it, inspect and maintain your garage by lubricating garage door bearings and hinges, cleaning tracks, and checking your foundation for cracks.

 

 

Floating Garage for Your Floating Car

Only fitting that your houseboat have a garage, especially if you have an Amphicar — a combo car and boat first made in the early 1960s. A storm at sea could submerge this garage; landlocked home owners near coastal regions may want to hurricane-proof garage doors to prevent excessive damage.

 

 

Budget-Minded Garage

According to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, the national average cost of a garage addition is $57,824, and you’ll recoup about $33,000 of that at resale. Of course, you can build one for pennies using scrap plywood, but you have to live with the results.

 

 

 

 

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Raymond E. Camp
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Interesting.

Make yourself a great day

June 20, 2012 04:49 AM #1
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Amy, That's certainly quite the collection of unusual garages!  Most would be a bit above our budget :)

June 20, 2012 04:56 AM #2
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Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
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Amy, I don't think that the scrap wood garage works on any level! Have a great week.

June 20, 2012 05:18 AM #3
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Kathy Streib
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Amy- those are definitely unique, especially the first one.  This would make a fun "coffee table" book. 

June 23, 2012 04:49 PM #4
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
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Good morning Amy,

What a fabulous collection of garages! I love the She said..He said!! Very unique indeed!

June 24, 2012 04:18 AM #5
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Valerie Zinger
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Amy. You have to love your car to have it parked in the middle of the living room!
June 24, 2012 04:24 AM #6
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Well now my plain old traditional garage seems so boring!  

June 24, 2012 05:33 AM #7
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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Very interesting, 4 looks very odd. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to post weird ones from up here

June 24, 2012 10:02 AM #8
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com - Hood River, OR

Wow, talk about creativity. What will people come up with next? Thanks for sharing.

Gretchen.

June 24, 2012 10:22 AM #9
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can't let my husband see that scrappy one LOL.  He might want to give it a shot

June 24, 2012 12:21 PM #10
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Than Maynard
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A garage, is a garage, is a garage??? The last one seems like it would be more trouble than it is worth, not to mention the damage it could do to the car.

June 24, 2012 12:59 PM #11
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Cheryl Ritchie
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What a fun post to see some unusual garages around the country!
June 24, 2012 01:21 PM #12
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
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Hi Amy~ Kathy Streib featured your post in her "what she learned this week" post.  Thought I would check out the "interesting" garages!  Definitely out of the ordinary!

June 24, 2012 01:37 PM #13
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Amy:

I came over from Kathy's post too.  Those garages are certainly unique.  I like the floating one for the floating car.

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