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Way out there! Why not share your house with your car?

Ulrich Safferling

Anyone who simply sees their car as a means to an end will be quite content to keep it in a regular garage along with the winter tires. But that’s not enough for some car lovers. They not only want to drive their dream car, but also to look at it all the time. Not to mention show off their treasure to their friends from time to time, and talk engines or bodywork. This involves putting a car on display in its own special place, which can even be created stylishly inside the house.

An underground garage – a view from above

Parking one or more cars in garages above ground uses up a lot of land that could be put to better use as a garden. An alternative is an underground garage beneath the house. But who wants to hide their vehicle collection in a dark basement?

Light can be provided thanks to a glass floor in the living room and appropriate lighting in the garage. The vehicle one floor below can then be admired from above. And nowadays, underground parking doesn’t necessarily mean dull concrete and dim light. Matching tiles or parquet flooring and correctly positioned lighting will transform your underground garage into a luxury showroom.

In pre-existing underground garages, a structural engineer must decide whether it’s possible to install a light window in the ground, and if so, how big it can be.

A retro-garage – for car fans only

If you want to add an extension to your living room, does it have to be a conservatory, or could you opt for a cult garage instead? Considering that a car takes up just ten square meters, 30 square meters will be plenty big enough to showcase your dream car in style. Leave enough space for a couch or bar for the perfect room for car enthusiasts.

Your beloved vehicle will be the center of attention. Orchestrate a design concept around it to match the style of the car and imitate the atmosphere of a contemporary garage. With fuel station signs, a fuel pump, oil can, posters and a tool trolley. Automobilia or model cars can be exhibited in display cabinets. A vintage refrigerator will add the ideal finishing touch to your interior. A retreat for car fans, one step away from the living room.

The only other thing you need is an extra-practical driveway so that you can take the car from the show garage out for a cruise from time to time. It doesn’t matter whether the vehicle is driven in from the front or the side. A garage door is not necessary. Double-leaf glass doors serve the same purpose and fit better into the house facade.

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A loft garage – front-row parking

The main advantages of a loft are the spacious interior and absence of walls. There is usually enough space – especially in former industrial buildings – for at least one car or motorbike. Access is easy on the ground floor, but you’ll need a lift with sufficient capacity if your apartment is on a higher floor. These are usually part of the building equipment in lofts that have been created on former industrial estates.

This will allow you to drive your vehicle straight out of the lift into its indoor parking space. In this case, you should make sure that central installations needed for the kitchen and bathroom and other facilities are not too close to the “parking space”. Even if you won’t exactly be driving at high speed, road dust and dirt are unavoidable – and should not be spread into hygienically sensitive areas.

A house garage – a parking space next to the living room

Do you remember? In the past, there was almost always a wall between the kitchen and living room. This strict separation no longer exists in most houses and apartments today. So why not do the same with the wall between the garage and the house? An open garage can be designed in a similar way to an open kitchen.

This makes access to the flat especially practical because the living area starts virtually behind the garage door. Park, get out, and you’re in the living room already.

Your dream car can be presented in a variety of ways in your open garage. In semi-darkness to give it a mysterious look. Or of course you can use spotlights to achieve striking lighting effects. If you want the car to disappear from view every now and again, it can easily be hidden by a curtain. Alternatively, you could place the car on a ramp in the garage, and the wall opening could frame the automobile artwork like a picture.

An orange naked bike between the chairs and tables in a living room.

It doesn’t always have to be a car: motorbikes also make great exhibits in a room – and are much easier to put in place due to their smaller size.

An inner courtyard garage – a forum to marvel at

Anyone who has an inner courtyard, regardless of whether the buildings are arranged in an L or U shape around it, can convert it into an automotive forum and give their vehicle center stage. By illuminating it in a glass box or parking it under the complete or partial roofing of the courtyard. This will ensure that the car is protected as well as staging it attractively on a ramp or in an area specially marked out by gravel or slate, etc.

Depending on the location of the house, hedges or walls can prevent other people from looking into your private courtyard. That way, the magnificent presentation will be reserved solely for the proud owner or their guests.

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Conclusion: an automobile fantasy without a garage

Car collectors and enthusiasts won’t be satisfied if they have to lock away their beloved car or cars. Vehicles can be put in the limelight in a variety of ways with very little effort in terms of construction. The joy of automotive design can thus also be experienced off the road at any time.

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