We are often asked to design a home with an undercroft garage. This can vary from a simple two car garage to a huge six car garage, more akin to an underground carpark.
We generally find that a block which slopes up to the rear is most suitable for this type of configuration. Another advantage is that in the design process we can often cater for extra storage, a wine cellar or even a gym, as once the machinery is on site it is not all that more expensive to extend and excavate farther back into the rear area of the block. You can read more about how we can make the most of land sloping up to the rear with split level home designs here.
Access to the upper floor these days is generally via internal stairs or, if budget permits, via a custom-designed lift which is certainly handy in later years or for transporting heavier items like groceries and suitcases. The good news is that the cost of lifts has fallen dramatically in the past couple of years. This feature adds value to the home and also extends the life of the residence as sometimes people have to sell their home due to them not being able to negotiate the stairs anymore.
An undercroft garage also allows us to utilise the full width of the block in relation to the outlook from more rooms, and we can even provide a balcony as well if views are a consideration.
Street appeal can be enhanced by our designers having a wider frontage to work with due to the garages being located underneath the home. The home will also have a smaller footprint, allowing more room for pools and other outside amenities.
Not having to embed a garage into the front elevation of the home gives our designers more flexibility in terms of room layout and the ability to achieve the right balance and zoning for the home to make it more efficient while satisfying your style preferences.
These are just a few of the advantages of having you home individually custom designed, as our aim is to design and build the most efficient and cost effective home for you.
The best part is that it will cost you no more to have your home custom designed. While the cost of an undercroft garage may add a little extra to your budget, the underlying advantages that come with it are something that should be investigated and discussed further.
We would love to chat to you and provide you with invaluable advice and an obligation free consultation. Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more.