Originally Posted by johnapril
That's the heart of the matter, right there. Maybe this rises to the level of a new thread. What sucks more? Technically? Having pancreatic cancer with: 1) a shitty garage and an '89 civic 2) a nice garage full of cars that look like Mattel Hot Wheels?
JA, you're obscuring the real question. If I care nothing about cars, my garage will not have an effect on my reaction to having a terminal illness (something I have seen and dealt with in my immediate family). If cars are something I am really into, then it could be a source of comfort and joy to me. I am not a car freak by any means; my philosophy is more broad -- I just like everything in my life to be beautiful to me. Life brings me enough pain for balance. I have an old jag that is beautiful to me and makes my life better every time I even see it. If I found out I had a terminal disease, I'm glad the Jag is in my life; I'd probably drive it ever day. I'd probably lease one of the two cars I'd really, really, really like to own -- a Lotus Exige or an Aston DB9, and drive to Cleveland with my gf. It's about what matters to you and makes you happy -- sure, for a lot of people, material things are just a sham, bought because they could. But if you buy things that matter to you, and fit your (honest -- but most people aren't) philosophy of life, why decry them?
Originally Posted by Girardian
More discussion of architecture please -- many of these garages are notable for more than merely the cars (and these are not "mere" cars) that are in them -- the look like actual rooms. I'm perpetually mystified by why people building their own homes don't do more with their garages to integrate them into the look and feel of the main house. Even if every house "needs" a place for tools and boxes and "stuff" why make "that place" the garage? The garage, in my opinion, should be an extension of the house -- a place of transition from automobile (which for many is an extension of self) to the house (same). Even small finishing touches to a garage can make an elaborate difference in its "house-like" appearance.
Yeah money. My father and I built (that is physically) a fairly large garage, but the price/ft was less than a quarter of what residential space would be. Life doesn't allow most of us to have everything beautiful. Now if we had a 1-car attached to the house, that would be wonderfult to make into an extension of the living space, but with a car inside. All for that. ~ H