A Guide to Luxury Garages
By: Kimberly Gomes
In today’s market residents from Walnut Creek to Lamorinda are transforming traditional garages into extravagant centerpieces. Far more than just a cement carport, luxury homeowners incorporate everything from auto lifts and turntables to electric charging stations and lounging rooms.
If you’re looking to revamp your garage space, read on for a comprehensive guide of luxury options worth considering.
A luxury home wouldn’t be complete without an electronic charging station. Ideal for Tesla and Smart Car owners, these inserts offer a glimpse into the future, where a garage transforms into a personal, fueling station.
Charging hubs generally can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000, depending on the design and desired preferences. While cables come as short as 15-feet, car owners often opt for the 25-foot option to avoid space restrictions.
Electric station manufacturers offer a spectrum of power. Models often range from 12 to 48 amps, providing up to 7.7kW of power. When selecting a station it’s imperative to know the capacity of the home’s service panel. Some older homes in the mid-peninsula only have 100 amp service panels, so be sure to do your homework before purchasing any station.
When it comes to maximizing space in a stylish fashion, luxury buyers have a flair for ingenuity. Car aficionados utilize stylish auto lifts to increase space, while keeping prized possessions out of harm’s way. Depending on the homeowner’s needs, car lifts generally house up to two vehicles with easy onboarding and off-loading access. These upgrades instantly double parking space without the cost of a major renovation.
While practical, some prefer a more seamless approach to the car lift’s industrial look. Those looking to spend larger sums can opt for subterranean auto elevators. The tops of these structures are designed to perfectly match the garage floor, while housing collector items in an illuminant unit. This option enables homeowners to use the elevator as a showcasing piece within their car gallery, or simply create more space for regularly used vehicles.
Often positioned on the driveway or within the garage itself, these convenient, in-set floor upgrades enable residents to drive in without the hassle of reversing. Designed to blend in with the surrounding surface, turntables automatically rotate cars, reducing the potential for niches and scratches that often derive from backing out.
Depending on the model, car turntables can maintain a rate of 10,000 pounds at a constant operating load and the ability to withstand a significant amount of excess weight. Some tech-savvy systems detect when the wheels are off the table, and even sense when an object blocks the vehicle’s pathway.
With so many beautiful cars, many luxury homeowners transform this storage space into a relaxing, living area. Floor to ceiling windows separate cars from the lounge, allowing auto enthusiasts to unwind and soak up clear views of their motorized possessions.
These quarters often are equipped with custom cabinetry, cozy, leather couches and televisions. More elaborate rooms have a wet bar and partial kitchen for added convenience. Framed by stainless steel these contemporary, sleek spaces can be quite the crowd pleaser. Whether you’re housing two or twelve cars, high-end buyers are getting creative with these remodeled museum-like garages.