The popularity of ride-sharing services and the coming of driverless cars paints a picture of garages disappearing from American homes. But we’re not there yet. Americans are still mostly dependent on their cars, and that means homeowners crave garage space—a lot of it.
In fact, the majority of homeowners want space in their garages to accommodate two or more cars, Jenni Lantz, DesignLends manager for John Burns Real Estate Consulting, told home building industry magazine BUILDER. The firm recently surveyed about 24,000 new-home shoppers across the country and almost none of them said they sought a home without a garage. “I don’t think we’re quite in the no-car garage space yet,” Lantz said.
Of the 795,000 new single-family homes built in 2017, 65 percent had two-car garages and only 6 percent had one-car garages, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the percentage of homes built with no garages has declined over the last decade, while homes built with two-car garages is one the rise.
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