Just a few weeks ago, there have been reports about NBA superstar, Shaquille O’Neal, selling his mansion in the heart of Florida. This home, which is on sale for a whopping $16.5 million, has many wild features such as a massive indoor basketball court and a swimming pool that spans 95 feet. But arguably, the most outrageous feature of the house is the garage. This is surprising because, truth be told, not a lot of people pay attention to their garages. But O’Neal isn’t one of them. No, his garage is basically a showroom that can fit 17 cars. Mirrors covered every wall and the overhead lights provide much lighting to help his house guests really appreciate the beauty of his cars.
We should also try to be more mindful about our garages and improve them as much as we can. We don’t need to expand it to fit 17 cars that we don’t have. But we can make a couple of changes that would certainly elevate this part of our house. After investing in the best auto mechanic in town, we at least owe to our cars to ensure that they have a good home.
These are the latest trends in garage design.
Today, smart home technologies are all the rage. People are investing in virtual assistants to help them manage their home — from monitoring electricity and water usage to playing music to making rapid Google searches. But admittedly, many of us don’t quickly think of all of the smart home technologies that we can install in our garages. That’s all going to change with these examples.
The Nexx Garage is one of the best technologies today to help us open our garage doors. And it’s quite easy to start using. All we’ll need to do is install the sensors in our garage, connect the Nexx Garage app from our smartphones to the sensors, and then start controlling our garage doors using our phones. What’s even better is that we can use this and our similar smart technologies to monitor the safety of our cars when we’re out of town. If there is any suspicious activity, we would get alerts on our phones right away.
Organizing and Maximizing Storage Space
One of the things that people do with their garages is turning them into storage spaces. And there is nothing wrong with this at all. Not all of us are lucky to have attics or spare rooms for our clutter, after all. But what’s wrong is that, over time, these storage spaces eventually become storage dumps. Thus, clutter is taking up more space than our actual cars. But many people today are breaking this habit by organizing and maximizing the storage space.
When some redesign their garage, many include more cabinets and shelves. This way, there will be a lot of room for our things, but the cars are still able to go and out of the garage without a hitch.
Another thing that a lot of people are doing to their garages is turning them into a multifunctional space. They are also used as gyms, playrooms for the kids, or even a workshop for woodworking and other types of handicraft activities.
Today, though, turning garages into gyms is the most popular trend. With the limited services of gyms during the COVID-19 pandemic, people have started making spaces at home so that they could keep their fitness routines up.
A lot of people have fully turned their garages into actual rooms and opt to park their cars outdoors. But there are some who were able to create a gym area in their garages while still leaving ample space to park their cars on. It all just depends on how they organize the space to fit everything comfortably.
Installing HVAC Systems
When the cars are out and people hang out in their garages to work out, play, or create projects in their workshop, they start craving for ways to properly heat or cool the space. This is why installing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems inside garages have also become a trend recently. There are many ways to go about it. But the most popular one is using portable air conditioners and electric space heaters.
Keep our garages in top shape is part of being a responsible homeowner. Our cars are major investments so it’s crucial that we ensure that they have a proper place to rest when not in use. The good thing is that these trends in garage design will guide us in improving this very important space in our houses.