Many homeowners are restricted in what they can put in their garage due to the small area available. Even many luxury homes are designed for just two cars and that leaves nowhere for the boat, a caravan, a jet ski or golf buggy to go, not to mention the golf clubs, the children’s bicycles, or as they get older, perhaps motorbikes.
In fact, it’s time home designers took a leaf out of Sam Sorgiovanni’s book. Sam Sorgiovanni designed the yacht Anastasia in 2008 and he included plenty of space in the ‘garage’. Much more than you’d find in most luxury homes. So what is in the Anastasia’s garage?
- 4 tenders (smaller launches) ranging from over 9 metres to almost 7 metres.
- 4 Wave Runners
- Several Jet skis
- A storage rack for 8-10 full body wetsuits
- Other water toys such as windsurfers and snorkelling gear
- Storage cupboards for the above.
The Anastasia also has a full gym, Jacuzzi and aquarium for the enjoyment of guests. She sleeps 12 guests and has room for 20 crew. Of course, she is 75.5 metres long, so there is plenty of room.
Meanwhile, even if you would like a home designed with a larger garage, it’s not likely to be able to fit the equivalent of that many vehicles in it, since most homes are not 75 metres long. However, having a larger garage will certainly be convenient if you have a number of vehicles you would like to keep under cover. Leaving them out in the open means they are likely to suffer rain, hail and sun damage and even wind damage from stray branches being blown down if they are parked near trees.
One thing’s for sure, if you design your home with a garage running the full length and have it underneath the rest of the home, it may save your home being inundated by flood waters, even if it doesn’t save your vehicles. Or if your property is large enough you can have it running alongside the home. So long as it can be accessed from inside the home it remains a convenience and is also much safer, especially when coming home late at night.
It’s important to think carefully about every aspect of design when you are building a new home, because there may be several things you could have if you had only thought of them in time. Sam is great at designing luxury yachts and his expertise includes paying careful attention to all the details, no matter how small. That’s one reason he’s so successful. Paying attention to the small details of your own home as it is being designed is also a recipe for success.