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June
20

How to Utilize a Detached Garage

Garage Tips

Need extra space in your home? A detached garage can have a lot more uses than just parking your car or providing extra storage. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for making use of the extra space in your detached garage.

  • Home Gym
    Gym memberships are expensive, but fortunately, your detached garage may provide just the space you need. The ceilings in garages are typically high, providing plenty of space for taller equipment. Turning your detached garage into a gym also requires a few renovations. Durable flooring, access to electricity, and maybe a space heater in the winter are about all you need.

  • Dance Studio
    Like a home gym, a dance studio makes itself at home easily in a detached garage. You'll likely want to get some portable dance flooring tiles to give yourself the correct type of floor to dance on, and you can mount mirrors and possibly a barre on the garage walls. Like the home gym, a dance studio will benefit from the high ceilings and wide floor space in a garage.

  • Art Studio
    Do you need a place where you can be alone with your art? A detached garage makes a perfect art studio. The concrete floors and unfinished walls in most garages make it easy to make a mess and even easier to clean it up. Be aware of where the nearest water source is when you're planning your art studio, though, as access to water will be important for art as well as for cleanup.

  • Workshop
    Do you find it difficult to find a good place for your workshop? The mess and the noisy equipment may have your workshop banned from the house, in which case the detached garage is the next best thing. Concrete floors make for easy cleanup, and being separate from the house will prevent the noise from ignoring anyone inside.

  • Garden Zone
    Do you love to garden? If so, you probably always need more space than you have. Consider taking over your home's detached garage as a catch-all place for all your garden needs. In that space, you'll be able to set up a potting bench, a nursery with lamps to help baby plants grow, and an organized storage area for all of your garden tools and supplies.

  • Play Room
    A detached garage makes a perfect place to set up a rough-and-tumble playroom. Because there's so much space and it's almost like being outside, there's more room for activities such as jumping rope and roller skating, making a garage playroom almost a necessity in poor weather. Temporary flooring and tumbling mats will make the garage an inviting space for when the kids want their own space.

  • Office Space
    St. Louis homes for sale are especially appealing when they have office space! It may require a little bit more remodeling, but if you're hurting for a good place to work from home, consider converting your detached garage into usable office space. It'll enable you to have a quiet place to work away from the rest of your family members. You'll probably want to finish the space with flooring, walls, and climate control. You could even consider making the garage into a tiny apartment or carriage house that could be rented out. 

A detached garage is an often overlooked way to maximize the available space in your home. If you're looking for a way to boost your home's value, contact us today to discuss how to best put that detached garage to work.

June
6

Visit These St. Louis Waterfalls This Summer

St Louis Waterfalls

You might think that you would have to travel far from the big city to experience the natural beauty that Missouri is known for, but there's plenty of nature to see without ever leaving St. Louis! Few scenes can match the majesty of a waterfall, and there are quite a few waterfalls – both natural and man-made – that you can experience near St. Louis homes for sale on a warm, sunny day. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 St. Louis waterfalls that you'll love to visit this summer.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden Waterfall – 4344 Shaw St., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the country, covering 75 acres in the heart of St. Louis. You can easily spend a full day or more exploring all of the sights, including the spectacular waterfall which pours down amid the natural beauty of the gardens. Summer is one of the best times of year to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden, with so many plants in full bloom.

  • Climatron Waterfall – 4344 Shaw St., St. Louis, MO 63110
    Also located at the Missouri Botanical Garden you will find the Climatron Waterfall, which is so unique that it deserves its own entry on the list. That's because the Climatron where the waterfall is located is essentially its own part of the gardens, a half-acre, domed environment where more than 160,000 tropical plants flourish. So if you're making the trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden, set aside some time to see the waterfall and plants at this unique attraction.

  • Cascades at Forest Park – 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
    Located within Forest Park, the Cascades waterfall was constructed nearly a century ago and still remains a popular attraction to this day. While this waterfall was built rather than formed by natural processes, it was created in a way that makes it feel like part of the park's natural scenery. The waterfall was originally constructed to replicate the World's Fair Cascades, which were once located on Art Hill.

  • Kiener Plaza Waterfall – 500 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63101
    Found between the Gateway Arch and the Gateway Mall, Kiener Plaza is a small city park covering just under two acres. The park features a very large waterfall, along with a beautiful fountain located nearby. Stop by during the summer holidays to see the flowing waters dyed with gorgeous colors to commemorate each special day.

  • St. Louis Zoo Waterfalls – 1 Government Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110
    The St. Louis Zoo is actually home to three distinct waterfalls, spread throughout the zoo's habitats. You'll discover the first waterfall at the South Entrance on Government Drive. There are also two waterfalls located within the animal habitats, perfect for a family visit to the zoo. With more than 18,000 animals, the St. Louis Zoo offers plenty more to see after you've experienced the waterfalls.

  • Citygarden Waterfall – 801 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63101
    Part park, part sculpture garden, Citygarden is a slice of natural beauty located in the heart of downtown St. Louis. In addition to the sculptures and fountains, Citygarden is home to a long, 6-foot tall waterfall that cascades down into a pool that is 180 feet long.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to St. Louis? Our local real estate team is here to help you accomplish your goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the St. Louis area.

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