Homes for car lovers
28 June 2016
Under floor heating, television screens to ensure you never miss an episode of Top Gear and LED lights set into the floor. No, we’re not talking about the latest must-haves for a smart kitchen but the not-so-humble garage.
Designer garages are becoming ever more popular among car enthusiasts, where nothing is too good for their four-wheeled pride and joy. Inspection pits, the like normally used by mechanics in commercial garages, are still pretty unusual but I have seen several in private garages in my time, enabling the car owner to check out their diffuser.
Or what about an aerial view? I saw one example of a huge window in the floor of a study, enabling the owner to sit and admire his prized Bugatti nestled beneath him in his basement garage while he worked.
A hermetically sealed vault, where the whole garage is properly controlled, ensures classic cars are kept dust free and their paintwork is protected. It is far preferable to a bog-standard cover for those who are seriously car obsessed.
Garage requirements differ according to where you live, of course. Car lifts aren’t near the top of many wish lists but a turntable so you can drive in and turn your car round are useful, particularly in London where the plot can be small.
If a house in London doesn’t have a garage that is seen as acceptable whereas in places such as Oxshott and St George’s Hill, a garage is essential. Those with fancy motors who are buying in the country should also look out for hazards such as unmade tracks and tight lanes, which pose a threat to that fancy paintwork.