Transportation Means Garages

By Kathy Flaxmann

Transportation means garages  and, as usual, Cabbagetown has a vast range of sizes and styles. According to real estate agent Duncan Fremlin, a drive down some of the back lanes illustrates just this point.  “Look between Wellesley and Amelia, west of Sackville and you will see some very different styles,” he points out.  And, as he further points out, “a garage definitely adds value to a property, particularly in Cabbagetown where even street parking is scarce.”

Weenen General Contracting Limited has its own enviable garages: well built, substantial and attractive, home to the company workshop and building materials.  WGC have built some of the area’s more remarkable garages, one of which, built in the 1980’s, is mentioned in the book Toronto Architecture: A City Guide by Patricia McHugh, who singled it out as an example of Second Empire.  “A garage does not necessarily have to look beautiful, but it’s important that the construction be sound,” Joe Rozman of WGC points out. “There are lots of dilapidated garages that will keep the snow out, but you don’t want something to cave in on your car or anything else you own.”

Architect Monica Kuhn, who has worked with WGC, notes that in Cabbagetown, lots of garages are often small, and the backdrops to gardens.  “That means that the sides of the garage must be beautiful to look at.  We often have double doors that open into the garden and create a sort of dual purpose garage/gazebo. Also, since a lot of houses look down onto their garages, we have built green roofs on some as well.”

According to Monica, most garages store a variety of items. The interiors range from being just studs to being insulated and finished.  Duncan Fremlin notes, “I’ve had clients buy houses based on the garage being insulated and wired to use as a workshop and sometimes for their exotic cars.”

“Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood that places a high value on aesthetics,” says fellow real estate professional Kimberley Ezeard, who added “We have studios in or above garages, creatively maximizing the small spaces available in this neighbourhood.”

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