The Evolution of the Garage, Part II

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In part I of our Evolution of the Garage blog series we talked about how garages originated as carriage houses and then grew in size as the size and number of cars families owned grew. Next we’ll look at modern-day garage technology, how the appearance of garages has changed such as with epoxy flooring, and how the uses for garages have also evolved.

The growth of garage technology: As people began to incorporate garages into their home design, the garage also started to evolve technologically. The overhead door was developed by C.G. Johnson in 1921, and then in 1926 he invented the automatic garage door opener. Attached garages with entry into the home began to appear in 1941, and the automatic garage door opener finally became popular in 1970. Today we have remote garage door openers and heated garages.

Different looks through the years: As more and more garages included entry into the home (and therefore more people were entering homes through them), it became more important to homeowners that they be presentable. Storage solutions, epoxy flooring, and even garage décor began to appear as garages started to become more of a daily living space.

New uses for new times: The garage started as a strictly utilitarian space for storing vehicles, but over time it has turned into a place to work on home improvement projects, store tools and equipment, and even hang out. The garage band was aptly named because it originated in home garages, and some families keep games, TVs, and even furniture in their garages for kids and friends to have a fun space to spend time in.

As garages have changed over the years, technology such as epoxy flooring has allowed them to transition from a place just to store vehicles to a space where work is done and leisure time is spent. It will be interesting to see how these rooms continue to evolve in the future!

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