Are our garages fit for purpose?

Garages are a particularly useful addition to any home in terms of general storage space, but they are rarely now used for the purpose they were intended, housing cars instead they are used to store garden furniture during the winter months and gardening equipment such as lawnmowers and gardening tools throughout the year. Whilst some people build a garden shed to house this equipment it is more common for it to be kept in the garage.

The garage is sometimes used as an additional room either as a laundry room with a washing machine and tumble dryer or possibly a games room for the family to use. As interest in health and fitness has become more popular some garages are utilised as a gym with treadmills, rowing machines and weightlifting equipment.

So why do people seldom use their garages to protect their cars from the elements? It may be for some that when thinking of using the garage to accommodate their car they realise that the garage has been designed in such a way that it is not wide enough to be able to park the car and get out without damaging the car doors on the garage wall, an oversight on the part of the planners perhaps?