A lot of people are now finding that they don’t really need a garage anymore.
The trend toward DIY homeownership is not new, but now there are new ways of looking at this DIY trend, according to several experts.
First, we are seeing people not just installing their own garage, but actually creating it themselves, said Jason Lacey, a landscape architect in New York.
“We’re seeing a lot of homeownership projects, including garage sales, where the owner has actually built the entire home themselves,” Lacey said.
A homeowner’s garage may not have any windows, but there are many elements that are needed to make it functional.
Garages can be built to accommodate a garage space, such as a basement, an attic, an inside garage, a porch or a patio, Lacey added.
And, of course, they can also be retrofitted with modern features, such a heating and cooling system, ventilation, a roof rack, a sunroof, and more.
“The idea is, you can build this thing to fit a specific need, and then you can use it,” Lacy said.
“You can have a home that’s a home with a garage, and have a garage that’s basically just a basement.”
The DIY trend is becoming more prevalent and more widespread, but many homeowners aren’t doing it for the money.
They’re simply building something that works for them.
Some people have bought their own DIY equipment, Lacy noted.
But they’ve not yet figured out how to actually repair it.
For example, some of these DIY homeowners may be looking to buy their own electrical equipment, but it can take a lot to get them to do that, he added.
Instead, many of them are starting with some of the services that are already available, such repair and maintenance.
In addition, many people are starting to learn about how to properly install their own appliances.
Many of these are usually covered under insurance, Laczkowski said.
And they have access to professional services.
With the rise of online DIY and garage sales programs, people are beginning to think about getting some DIY work done themselves, he said.