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Old 11-25-2007, 06:00 AM
 
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I noticed the land is being cleared where WC Oaks ends. Anybody know what's going to be built? Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If you are talking about in front of the apartments and across from the clock tower, I think one of the diagrams posted earlier showed some type of mini storage...fun, fun!
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:27 AM
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It's hard to believe people have so much stuff to store. There are so many storage places EVERYWHERE. I guess after moving so often I've learned to let go, and just simplify my life. We don't even store stuff in the garage, because our garage is converted. ( I know, the horrah! It was mentioned in a parking in the street thread that people in bad areas convert their garages to bedrooms. Ours is actually a pool table/entertainment room.) We have a shed out back with our garden tools, lawnmower, etc. but that is the extent of our excess "stuff." I just can't imagine being tied down to all that stuff, and paying to keep it in a room away from my home is somehow comical to me. I guess if you have a boat or something?
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:49 AM
 
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You are definitely the exception, I think. It seems that people have accumulated so much stuff that once they've stuffed the garage to bursting they decide they need more storage, rather than taking a look at the mountain of junk they've already got and deaccessioning some of it.

There was a great article in Slate a few months back about the modern American obsession with mini storage. I will see if I can track it down again.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It is beyond me why people would want to PAY to store things they obviously don't need or use.

I am sure that there are times when it is necessary (sold your home before your new one is ready to move into or serious renovations, etc....but we have some friends that NOONE, AND I MEAN NOONE in her family has EVER thrown anything away...ever. If it comes down from one family members home, it seems to shift to another family members home. All the family (4 different households) have their garages packed to the ceiling with stuff.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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My parents have a ministorage where they keep boxes and boxes of files from their business - you can't toss these files, but it's a hassle to keep them around. That's a legitimate use, to me, for a storage unit. About the only thing I keep over in their unit is my fake Christmas tree, a few boxes of ornaments, and an enormous piece of luggage.

The last time I used a storage unit personally was when we had a custom wood floor put in downstairs. All of the furniture had to go someplace, so it went to the Shurgard at 281 and Sunset. A friend of mine in college did a semester abroad, and got a unit where she was able to store all of her belongings and her car for six months, which meant she didn't have to drive all of her stuff home out of state and back.

I have to come down as against garage conversions, but I'm not going to judge anyone for having it done. Some people down the street from me converted their garage into a master suite so they could have four bedrooms, and while I wish they hadn't, they have a long enough driveway to keep the cars off the street. Also, they did a decent job with the conversion, and the new brickwork matches the rest of the house quite well.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:51 AM
 
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I don't believe that our HOA allows garage conversions. I am against them as well.
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Old 11-25-2007, 11:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Westcreek does not, but since I have a detached garage, I could leave my garage door up and convert the dang thing into an apartment and no one would ever know!

NOT that I have an intention of doing so....actually looking to downsize into the Del Webb community soon.
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Old 11-25-2007, 05:29 PM
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I don't believe that our HOA allows garage conversions. I am against them as well.
Well, we bought ours that way. We consider it a bonus room. You would never know from looking at the front of our house, other than the fact that we park in the driveway. (like the majority of our neighbors who have so much junk crammed into their garages they couldn't squeeze a car in no matter how much Vaseline they brought home.) And I'm glad I didn't have to ask for anyone's blessing before making our purchase.
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:56 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Your "bonus room" is more the exception than the rule. A majority of them look "amateur"-ish, at best, and we're pleased that they are not allowed in our area.
Funny remark from my parents who recently visited. They said "you have the neatest, most uncluttered garage that we've ever seen" . We actually park our cars in the garage with no problems.
Enjoy.
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