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The garage has long been considered the last frontier of the home with homeowners looking to add functionality and storage options as well as extending design elements from the interior of the home to this often forgotten space.
Impact of COVID-19
There is no denying that the pandemic has had an impact on remodeling and design. Closet and cabinet firms across the country report an increase in business as homeowners, who have spent an extensive amount of time at home, are discovering the need for more functionality and organization in every aspect of their living space.
Types of garage projects
As can be expected, pantries and home offices are projects that are in high demand, even for the garage, especially in warmer parts of the country and areas that don’t normally have basements.
When it comes to garages, it’s a little bit of a mix in terms of the types of designs that are mainly functional with basic materials, and designs that are flashier, more exotic using metallics, reflective materials, like a gloss material, Curran said. “We’re seeing some of that. There are some nice gloss products that have come out like Reflekt from Premier Eurocase.”
When it comes to the future of the garage and new opportunities within that space, Oriold said that he believes “garages are heading into a more interesting space, long term. Self-driving cars are going to change the way we look at garages. I suspect it’s going to segregate the customer base into two categories. The first will be people to want to store fancy cars and want more of a show garage for their collection. The second will be the electric car users, who won’t drive their car into the garage - it drives itself in, or elsewhere to be parked. I then think the change will happen to convert garages to living space, as it’s a way to add a renovation onto their house of about 400 to 600 square feet, and just some interior finishing is needed to remove the garage look.”
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