Thursday, July 26, 2012
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In an economic environment in which competition amongst homes for sale is fierce, homeowners, architects and designers are turning to the garage. According to the National Association of Home Builders House Price Estimator, adding a garage to an average single family detached house can increase the value of the home by tens of thousands of dollars, depending on location.
For the enterprising architect or interior designer, garages represent a blank canvas. It’s an area of the home that often collects clutter (and rarely sees aesthetic effort), but the garage acts as the main entrance of the home for many people. Improvements in this space are easily recognizable (and thus, proposable) to prospective clients, especially with the right garage-specific features.
When it comes to choosing those features, Gladiator® GarageWorks, a Whirlpool Corporation brand (yes, of home appliance fame), suggests utilizing functional products designed specifically for the garage environment. Which, as it turns out, is important: broad temperature and humidity fluctuations can ruin many products. They even make an ENERGY STAR® qualified garage-specific refrigerator for clients with home offices, shops, or entertaining areas in their garages.
Yet, as functional as these products are, they do not leave much to be desired when it comes to aesthetics. Take the Gladiator® Storage Bench, pictured here, for example. How many features in your garage have a beautiful bamboo top? It’s a great spot to sit and remove your shoes in the garage, but also looks nice in the mudroom or in the living room as an entertainment center. And it has plenty of space for various items to keep inside.
When it comes to areas of the home ripe for the architect’s or designer’s touch, don’t overlook the garage. Gladiator® brand even offers an interactive design tool on its website, allowing designers to visualize their ideas in different layouts. The space is there, as are the garage-specific products. What garages need, and are now getting, is attention.