Not simply a storage unit or holding space for cars, the garage is reconceived in this innovative design book as a 'flex' space for family members that can be clean, organised, and functional (and still house cars). Wall organisers, garage cabinets, and an ergonomically designed workbench are among the suggestions described and illustrated through a case study of how one family reinvented their garage from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Creative ideas for making the garage into a multipurpose room include placing a television on a wall swivel and moving the treadmill into the garage to create a family gym. Feng-shui tips, an overview of garage-design trends over the past 100 years, and speculations about how garages will look in the year 2020 provide a revealing perspective on the importance of transforming the dark, dingy cavern in American homes into a bright, desirable living space.
Bill West, CRS, is a consultant for garage-building and remodelling companies. He has been profiled in major newspapers, including "The Wall Street Journal", and has been a guest on television shows and nationally syndicated radio programs dedicated to home improvement. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.