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Many families have a garage on their property, often joined to the house itself, and many people who have garages take the space and security they afford for granted, but if you don’t have a garage, you’ll find that the addition of a garage can make a dramatic change to your home and the way you live your life.

Safe and Sound
For one, garages offer great security. Cars and other vehicles parked on the roadside or even on your driveway are at risk of vandalism or even theft. When you have a garage in which to park your car, you can close the roller shutter door of the garage, hiding your car from view as well as protecting it behind a secure barrier.

Rain, Rain, Go Away…
By keeping your car in the garage, you protect it from the elements as well as from vandals and thieves. A car kept in a garage won’t need to be warmed up on frosty winter mornings to get the ice on the windows to thaw out – the relative heat of the garage means that the car is kept warm and protected from the frost. The protection from frost, hail, snow and even sunshine also means that your car’s paintwork is protected, keeping it looking better for longer.

More Storage Space
Not only can garages be used for cars, they also provide great additional storage space for your home. Bikes, roller skates, tools, seasonal decorations, pots, bags of compost and so on can all be stored in the garage rather than being thrown out back or taking up space in your home. Again, the garage is a secure place for storage which offers your tools and bikes protection from weather conditions which could cause them to rust.

A Space for Hobbies
Many people like to use their garage for their hobbies as they are particularly suited to woodworking, metalworking, painting and other pastimes that might be too messy to do in the house. Garages provide a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of kids and the daily household activities where you can work on your hobbies and projects. You could even consider installing a home office in the garage where you could work without distractions.

Conversion Potential
Finally, many garages are later converted into extra rooms for the house, so if your family gets bigger or you find you need another bedroom or a bigger living room, you could always convert your garage down the line.

These are just some possible uses for garages – what you choose to do with your garage is up to you. A garage could double up as a home library, it could be used as a personal art gallery or you could even turn it into a room for playing poker with your friends. Regardless of how you use it, a garage offers more space for you and your family, as well as security for your vehicles or anything else you might store inside, making it a great addition to any home.

This article was written by mechanic and DIY enthusiast Don Davidson who recently built a garage with roller shutter doors on his property.