PurpleLama@AOL.COM on thu 26 jun 03
In a message dated 6/26/2003 7:14:17 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> I didn't explore the entire web site, but every image I did see there was
> computer-generated. And their "Video Tour" is virtual--a computer
> animation. I would guess the only REAL part is the blatant attempt to sell
> Dodges, cabinets and all the other products pictured. Didja notice the
> "Special Advertising Feature" in the upper right corner of the page?
I was fascinated as well. I did a google search on "smart garage." I did get
the site of a firm that produces the smart garage. The pricing (link below)
does not show the smart garage, but others priced from $6,000 for a
carport/storage to almost $25,000 for an 1,800 sq ft 3 car garage/flex space.
This url appears to be the steps in constructing a garage:
in sunny Redondo Beach, CA
dneese on thu 26 jun 03
fabulous building offered as buyer custom designed garage but would make a
great studio! In this months issue of Popular Science Magazine as a pull out
section, "Smart Garage" or have a look online at:
"across the alley from the Alamo"
San Antonio, Texas USA
Jeremy McLeod on thu 26 jun 03
> fabulous building offered as buyer custom designed garage but would make a
> great studio! http://www.popsci.com/popsci/smartgarage/
Oh! my!! What fodder for the imagination.
Any clue about how much such a puppy might cost?
Carl Finch on thu 26 jun 03
At 02:59 PM 6/26/03 -0600, Jeremy McLeod wrote:
> > fabulous building offered as buyer custom designed garage but would make a
> > great studio! http://www.popsci.com/popsci/smartgarage/
>Oh! my!! What fodder for the imagination.
>Any clue about how much such a puppy might cost?
Are you serious? It's just a 'virtual' building, Jeremy!
I didn't explore the entire web site, but every image I did see there was
computer-generated. And their "Video Tour" is virtual--a computer
animation. I would guess the only REAL part is the blatant attempt to sell
Dodges, cabinets and all the other products pictured. Didja notice the
"Special Advertising Feature" in the upper right corner of the page?
OK, so I'm an old cynic, but I didn't usta was--when I was a yout' in ninth
grade, my buddies and I would often head for the school library during
lunch hour to peruse the latest Popular Science, et al (Playboy was still
just a twinkle in Hefner's eye back then).
It 'pears PopSci it's still full of adolescent, macho, automotive fantasy
stuff. Whee--glad to see some things haven't changed in the succeeding
I'm still waiting for that little automobile with the folding wings that
can fly me above all that gridlock!
in Medford, Oregon, covered with mud (no not that kind--I'm taping drywall
in my own fantasy studio!)
J. B. Clauson on fri 27 jun 03
Hey Old Cynic,
I have been doing a little more than a web search. Since I've sold my house
I've been looking in to the feasibility of getting a lot and putting up a
pre-fab house and studio (some people might think of it as a garage). I've
been out to see the models and to many sites to see the installation. While
I have found the construction of the structures themselves to be excellent,
the installation is sadly lacking in many instances. The structures are
delivered in sections that have to be married. The marriage is not always a
pleasant one and I don't think counseling will help. I've seen gaps between
the sections and places where the outer "skin" has separated from the
structure and either not been repaired or so poorly repaired as to make me
think my young grandson could have done a better job.
So much for the warnings. The properly installed units are excellent and an
economical option to buying an older house. Point being, look before you
buy and check out the track record of the installers.
Note that the price of the pre-fabricated structure does not include any
foundation, plumbing, or power hook-ups. They are all done by the
installation people. Since I'm looking for a whole house/studio thing, I
didn't get the price on the foundation and hook-ups for just a garage. I am
looking at from $25 to $30 thousand for the foundation, etc. (in Lake
County, California, USA) That is, if the lot is level. Grading is extra.
Again, look before you leap.
Oh, and I had better mention - don't call them pre-fabricated. They are
MANUFACTURED structures. The dealers are quite sensitive about this. Orrr,
you can have some fun calling them pre-fabs and watch the reaction!
From an old curmudgeon,