When there is work to be done in America, people head to the garage. Witness the vast number of ventures born in the garage: the Hewlett-Packard company, the Apple computer, the rock band Nirvana.
In the first book to honor the garage as a unique place of creation and ingenuity (and much more than just a place for cars), Kira Obolensky explores the many uses for this ubiquitous space. She takes you on a journey from the hand-carved garage doors of New Hampshire to a whimsical museum a midwestern milkman put in his garage, to the birthplace of the computer industry on the West Coast.
Along the way, you'll learn how to create a garage space that is efficient and stylish: whether it's a studio, greenhouse, library, museum, soundstage or playroom.
•Includes more than 200 color photos of over 50 garages
•Shows how to create a garage 'room' that meets your specific needs
•Provides options for using existing space and floor plans for new structures
"All this wonderful, malleable space invites increasingly creative uses...if something is worth doing, it's worth doing in the garage. So let the car weather the elements. The garage is prime real estate, too valuable by far to house mere machinery."
–USA Today Weekend Magazine
"What a great book! The garage is truly the most versatile room. And this becomes especially important when your wife throws you out of the house. Much better than sleeping in the back yard."
–Tom Magliozzi, co-host, NPR's 'Car Talk'
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SKU HDS76070724 Table Of Contents Introduction
Chapter 1: In the Garage
Chapter 2: Shops & Studios
Chapter 3: Garage Ventures
Chapter 4: Garage Leisure
Chapter 5: Living in the Garage
Chapter 6: Parking in the Garage
Intro The idea that you can do something other than park your car in the garage was already prevalent when I was growing up in the 1960s and '70s in suburban Houston. When I was a kid, I played in my neighbor's garage, and I went to church in a different garage. Nondescript on the outside, the latter garage was attached to a rambler out near the airport and was a temporary solution to a building project that was going to bring a Russian Orthodox church to the area. There was something downright surreal about driving up, hitting a garage-door opener, and seeing the door rise on a world of incense, icons, and older Russian ladies (mostly astrophysicists in the Old Country). The garage, while not the epicenter of my childhood social life, certainly captured the overflow.
Maybe it's that childhood vision of the garage door opening onto another, more extraordinary world that gives me such a sense of the possibilities that lurk behind garage doors. Without a doubt, the weirdest garage I ever saw had dust from every country in the Western world and eggs in it shaped like question marks. Such a collection was amassed by a Midwestern milkman, whose creative passion found its rightful place in his backyard alley. The most beautiful garage? Mindful that garage beauty is a subjective thing, I'd suggest that there's a garage in Wisconsin that shimmers like a castle on the hill. The most poetic garage: a solitary space with a screen door and a simple cot for naps. The messiest garage was in Texas and its owner a collector of used automobile parts and geodes, mattresses, and pocketknives, all of which found their home in a series of garagelike sheds.
While the attic holds memories of the past, the garage lives in the present tense. If the house is the ego, the garage is the id of the domestic setting. It's a container -- for cars, certainly, but also for the dreams and passions of the house's occupant.
My own garage was built for a Model T, and then someone later added a little extension out the front. Right now, my garage is nothing more than a container with potential: In a snowstorm it holds the Volvo, and the rest of the time it houses the things we like to use when it's warm, like bicycles and gardening equipment.
From the moment we moved into this house, we've considered the garage as a place of great potential. At any point in time, it can serve to answer -- at least, conceptually -- the latest problem our 1918 Prairie School home presents. At one time we considered turning the garage into a guest cottage. Lately, as we contemplate the birth of a child and the loss of a bedroom that's been functioning as an office, we imagine the garage anew as a combination office for my husband and me, as an art studio for my husband, or as a teenager's hangout.
That's one of the things I hope this book does for you: help you imagine the garage as a place that can capture the changes with which life presents us. One's garage is a highly personal space, not usually intended for public viewing. So it has been an honor to be invited into so many garages. I hope they prove as interesting and inspirational to you, as you consider the potential of the place where you park your car.
ISBN 978-1-56158-645-5 Video No Author Kira Obolensky Publication Year 2003 Dimensions 9-1/2 x 10 Pages 216 Photo color photos Drawings and drawings Other Formats No Cover Paperback Format Paperback
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