Today, garages are nifty spaces not just for storing our cars, but also other various items. Cabinets full of gardening tools, construction tools, and car tools are often common motifs of the American garage mise-en-scène. But these quintessential elements were not always the standard; there is a whole backstory to how this vehicle storage space came to be. Read on to find out more!
The carriage house
When the first cars became popular among Americans, the vast majority of the nation was still used to relying on the horse-and-carriage arrangement for their main transportation. Just like horses required barns and carriages required carriage houses, the advent of cars called for suitable storage spaces of their own. As cars became more affordable, owners of carriage houses seized the opportunity to rent out repurposed carriage houses. The Sears Roebuck & Company pioneered the portable garage by 1908.
The walled carport
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright originated the term “carport” in 1939. In designing Usonian (his term for “American”) homes, Wright wished to see automobiles being kept without concrete walls surrounding them. He argued that automobiles had become sturdier and more resilient than their earlier forms, and therefore no longer required the fortification of a four-walled room. Although carports are still used for many parking areas to this day, many homeowners prefer garages due to advantages such as theft reduction, vandalism reduction, and protection from the elements.
The recreational room
Today, we not only have personal home garages, but also automated parking systems. Nevertheless, a home garage is where the intimate, homey times usually take place. Whether you’re in a band and using your garage as a drum room, or a housewife fond of using her garage as a laundry room, it’s clear that the garage is a versatile space. The use of garages as recreational rooms is well-documented; others use their garages as carpenter’s workshops, game rooms, or playrooms. These magical spaces can also transform readily from being man caves to pet kennels.
Great home garages not only protect the exterior of cars from precipitation and the interior from fading from sunlight, but also provide excellent spaces for storage and leisure. For garage construction and more, feel free to reach out to Drake Construction today!