Designer James Treble
Garage and Up
So, you do have a rear lane access to your block: Fantastic! And if you don't have a garage there already, of course you have thought of adding one. Besides protecting your car from the weather, imagine all the storage you gain, all the boxes and well organised things you could keep in there.
image courtesy TENPlay, by De-Clutter Guru Peter Walsh for The Living Room
Or you have a garage there already and it is not in good condition. It's run down, and being at back of the property and not very visible, it is not a priority in your renovations and embellishments' list.
If a coat of paint on its outside walls is not sufficient any longer, the time has come for you to decide what to do with it, and I strongly suggest adding not only extra room for your family to use, but great value to the value of your Home: a Garage Extension.
Now, don't panic. This is a building project, yes, and it will need some spending. But it doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it won't even take that long. In this crazy housing market, if your home has rear lane access, it would be foolish not to invest on it. Whether staying in or moving on, the rear lane access has uses and potential too often unexplored.
In my walking around I am always looking at homes, my favourite past-time. I appreciate and learn from all renovations, being these successful or not. But when I saw the back of this home pictured below I got excited:
the garage is very useful for car and storage
the extension on top grants extra room for the family to enjoy
its simple design has achieved a modern style thanks to the clever choice of dark colours
the external material used, Colorbond, has allowed affordable and quick building.
the extension has increased the house's value by much more that it would have cost to built it.
Think of what you gain by extending a garage: a Granny Flat or a play area for the kids, a studio or home-office... could you rent it out? I can hear you brain thinking.