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Old 01-31-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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My family and I will be relocating from Houston to Denver this summer and have been reading through this forum finding lots of great advice. One thing I haven't found through searching is how necessary it is to park cars in the garage in Colorado. Here in Texas very few people actually park in their garage regardless of neighborhood. In fact my garage is now my mancave/media/storage room. Both cars in the driveway, motorcycle and folding trailer make it inside the garage. Our previous truck didn't even fit in the garage so we didn't have a choice here.

Obviously it's a lot colder in Denver during the fall and winter and you can use basements for storage, so I'm wondering whether a people park in the garage or leave the cars out in the cold. I can think of good reasons to park inside in the cold. But is it necessary or preferable to find a 3-car garage in this situation? What do most people do?
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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All depends on how much you enjoy scraping ice off your windows while you wait for the car to heat up so your breath doesn't fog up the inside of your car.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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As long as you don't put your couch and fridge out front, it's not a big deal.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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My family and I will be relocating from Houston to Denver this summer and have been reading through this forum finding lots of great advice. One thing I haven't found through searching is how necessary it is to park cars in the garage in Colorado. Here in Texas very few people actually park in their garage regardless of neighborhood. In fact my garage is now my mancave/media/storage room. Both cars in the driveway, motorcycle and folding trailer make it inside the garage. Our previous truck didn't even fit in the garage so we didn't have a choice here.

Obviously it's a lot colder in Denver during the fall and winter and spring and you can use basements for storage, so I'm wondering whether a people park in the garage or leave the cars out in the cold. I can think of good reasons to park inside in the cold. But is it necessary or preferable to find a 3-car garage in this situation? What do most people do?
Parking in the driveway is 100% a Texas thing. I was shocked when I moved here (Austin) from Denver -- hardly anyone actually parks their cars in the garage here in TX because their garage is chock full of crap. Then, people in TX often have three cars (or more for whatever reason) so every suburban neighborhood street is littered with cars. I've never seen anything like it, honestly. Rather odd considering people also use their garages in the every other state/city I've lived in including warm weather areas like CA and GA.

If you have a basement, you do not need to store all that stuff in your garage, you should have ample room. One or two mornings of shoveling out your car/scraping your car will change your ways immediately. And your man cave as it currently exists will suddenly become a lot less appealing when it's 20 degrees out and you're accustomed to Houston temps.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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Parking in the driveway is 100% a Texas thing. I was shocked when I moved here (Austin) from Denver -- hardly anyone actually parks their cars in the garage here in TX because their garage is chock full of crap. Then, people in TX often have three cars (or more for whatever reason) so every suburban neighborhood street is littered with cars. I've never seen anything like it, honestly. Rather odd considering people also use their garages in the every other state/city I've lived in including warm weather areas like CA and GA.

If you have a basement, you do not need to store all that stuff in your garage, you should have ample room. One or two mornings of shoveling out your car/scraping your car will change your ways immediately. And your man cave as it currently exists will suddenly become a lot less appealing when it's 20 degrees out and you're accustomed to Houston temps.
Yeah, we routed A/C and heat and insulated the garage to make the mancave bearable during the summer. It's a Texan's finished basement. It turned out to be really good for the family and was pretty inexpensive. I'm not planning on doing that in Denver though. We're looking at houses and trying to determine whether we can get away with 2-car garage and park one car outside or if we need to get 3-car to have room for motorcycle/trailer. I know people are going to look at us funny already for being from Texas, so I don't want to give the neighbors too much comedic material.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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Many HOAs require that cars be in the garage and the garage door closed unless working in the garage or on exterior of the house and property. Ours does that and also forbids overnight parking on the street (driveway is okay). The neighborhood really looks nice, instead of like a used car lot like our old home back in VA. All homes in our HOA have full basements and forbid backyard storage sheds unless they look just like the home, i.e., matching stucco.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:17 PM
 
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Parking in the driveway is 100% a Texas thing. I was shocked when I moved here (Austin) from Denver -- hardly anyone actually parks their cars in the garage here in TX because their garage is chock full of crap. Then, people in TX often have three cars (or more for whatever reason) so every suburban neighborhood street is littered with cars. I've never seen anything like it, honestly. Rather odd considering people also use their garages in the every other state/city I've lived in including warm weather areas like CA and GA.

If you have a basement, you do not need to store all that stuff in your garage, you should have ample room. One or two mornings of shoveling out your car/scraping your car will change your ways immediately. And your man cave as it currently exists will suddenly become a lot less appealing when it's 20 degrees out and you're accustomed to Houston temps.
I'm from Texas and I use my garage. LOL

The reason garages are full of crap in TX is because they don't have BASEMENTS!

We had a sizeable attic in our last Texas home, which left space for the car.

ETA: I LOVE basements.
And yes! When it's freezing outside you won't be spending much time in your man cave. LOL
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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I think the biggest reason you will want to park in your garage is the hail storms. Its bad enough to have the hassle of roof replacement. I wouldn't want to have to replace my car every time the big hard stuff falls.

"Colorado Hail Statistics Colorado’s damaging hail season is considered
to be from mid-April to mid-August. Colorado’s
Front Range is located in the heart of "Hail Alley,"
which receives the highest frequency of large
hail in North America and most of the world, so
residents usually can count on three or four catastrophic (defined as at least $25 million in insured damage) hailstorms every year. In the last 10 years, hailstorms have caused more than $3 billion in insured damage in Colorado. As a result, up to one-half of your homeowners insurance premium may be going toward hail and wind damage costs. If you carry comprehensive coverage on your auto policy, hail damage is covered by almost all insurance companies. Comprehensive insurance is optional, but if you live in a hail prone area, the insurance industry recommends this coverage."
http://www.rmiia.org/Catastrophes_an...stics/Hail.asp

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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I'm from Texas and I use my garage. LOL
Well, that makes two of us

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The reason garages are full of crap in TX is because they don't have BASEMENTS!
I think Texans must just accumulate more stuff perhaps, because they don't have basements in CA (where I'm from) and, for the most part, Californians park in their garages.

Probably more likely is that Texans love their super duper, extra heavy duty, gigantic, lone star, Texas edition trucks that don't fit in a garage, so at that point, why not just turn the garage into a storage unit?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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Well, that makes two of us


I think Texans must just accumulate more stuff perhaps, because they don't have basements in CA (where I'm from) and, for the most part, Californians park in their garages.

Probably more likely is that Texans love their super duper, extra heavy duty, gigantic, lone star, Texas edition trucks that don't fit in a garage, so at that point, why not just turn the garage into a storage unit?
It could also be that Californians can't afford any more after paying for their house and taxes to fill up a garage with stuff.

But yeah, even our Nissan Frontier Crew Cab was a couple inches too long for our garage with large built-in work bench at the front. Any full-size crew cab truck or suburban (and there are a lot here) are too long for regular garages, not to mention trucks/SUVs with lift kits and roof racks being too tall. (Yes, the bigger in Texas stereotype is true in this case.)

I did appreciate the note on the hail damage. Didn't realize that about the Denver area. We get hail occasionally in Texas, but very infrequently in South Texas. Also I appreciated the note on the HOA requirements in certain neighborhoods. A little annoying by the sounds of it, but good to have the heads up.

From all the input, it looks like 3-car garage will probably be the way to go assuming the Jeep won't be too tall to fit. I prefer to not park a motorcycle or trailer inside the house.
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