Looking Out From the Garage: Big Garages, Home Classrooms and the Long-Arm Quilting Machine...

Big Garages, Home Classrooms and the Long-Arm Quilting Machine...

What do all of these things have in common? 

Different real estate consumers have different needs. 

For several years, I have concentrated on 'special' properties.  In the last few months I have helped buyers find a house that could hold four vehicles inside... with space for another garage that would hold several more.  Another buyer needed a room that could hold a quilting machine that was sixteen feet long. 

Different real estate consumers have different needs. 

Recently I ran across a different (to me) concept... a home classroom.  For this home owner, a space to home-school their children was a priority.  In addition to high speed internet, the room was equipped with a white-board.  It was also situated to minimize distractions from the rest of the house. 

Different real estate consumers have different needs. 

There are scores of hobbies and lifestyles that real estate buyers have.  They range from those that are easy to accomodate to some that would almost need to have a home custom built to integrate.  I have seen homes that were for ballroom dancers, radio contolled car racers, RV enthusiasts and artists.  In each case, there were numerous details that were designed around the needs of the owner.  Marble floors and floor to ceiling mirrors, wide open basements, giant garages with huge doors and big north-facing windows have been in these homes. 

The bottom line...

Communicate your needs to your real estate agent.  And make sure that your agent is looking for what YOU want and need, not what THEY like.  That can be tough sometimes...

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Comment balloon 5 commentsLane Bailey • March 20 2010 11:11PM


My neighbor has a great, deep lot.  His garage sits beside his house. It's had three garage-sized additions to its rear.  From the street, it looks like an ordinary two-car garage, but has room for eight RED classic cars...and a two-stall working shop area at the very rear.  Just a hobby.

My sister has a family museum on her ten acres....cars, wagons, antiques.

My brother-in-law the artist had to have an upper level studio - a floor higher than the rest of the house...with windows all around.

My friend has her own equivalent of a commercial kennel....not a business...just a place to run a small version of a humane society.


Our homes are often always an extension of ourselves.  With some it is just a little more obvious.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) almost 9 years ago

Military families moving into our area require large homes * they have stuff because the government moves them * AND they need a family or media room because they home school.  Fortunately, I have taken on properties to manage that meet their criteria!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Every deal is different, I learn a lot by listening to my clients , and then a learn by meeting their needs.

Posted by Terri Onigkeit, GRI (Keller Williams of Northern Colorado) almost 9 years ago

As a parent who homeschools you are dead on with this. When we looked for our new home, we looked for somewhere that had an extra room that we could dedicate to be the classroom. This way our dinning room table could be kept for eating and not school work.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

The class room will become more common.  We have a large bonus room/2nd master suite we use for the class room  We think if we have to move and go smaller we will just use the dinning room.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 9 years ago