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Two Car versus Three Car Garages - What's Trending? | 2016 Parade of Homes

Posted by Penn Hull on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

Triangle Parade of Homes 2016 Trends:

What's the latest trend for new homes with one, two, three, and four car garages?  Does a home ever not have a garage?

The Chatham Orange Durham County Parade of Homes can be a great trend indicator of the demand for the number of cars for the garage. We've analyzed the 2016 Tour data, and here's what we found:


What's Going on with New Homes in central North Carolina?  Number of Cars in the Garage

Two car garages were the most popular layout selected by home builders for entries available for viewing during the Triangle Parade of Homes in Chatham County.

1. Four Car Garages - 3% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • One home included a 4 car garage, listed at 1.2 million.   
  • A four car garage is generally only seen in luxury homes over the million dollar price point. 

2. Three Car Garages - 10% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • Three homes included a 3 car garage.  A 3 Car Garage has all three garage bays connected in a single row.

3. Split Three Car Garages - 17% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 5 homes included a split 3 car garage.  
  • A split 3 Car Garage has one bay on one side and double bay on the other side, at right angles to each other.
  • An appropriately designed split garage will allow access into both areas from the home.  This can be accomplished either by including enough area inside the garage or by including an access door from the home directly into each portion of the garage.  There are a few builders that do not create any access into the third bay, which can make it inconvenient to use.  

4. Two Car Garages - 70% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • 21 homes included a 2 car garage.  
  • A two car garage is still the most common garage configuration.  A two car garage is more flexible, in that it can often easily be changed from a front entry to a side entry format, or vice versa.  A two car garage can be standard size, or oversized, with extra room for a workbench or storage.


5. One Car Garages - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • Again, a one car garage is more common in townhomes.  No homes in Chatham County were featured in the Parade with a one car garage.  

6. Zero Car Garages - 0% of Parade of Homes Entries in Chatham County

  • This is more common in townhomes than in single family homes.  No townhomes were submitted in the 2016 Parade of Homes, in Chatham County, though there were entries in other counties.

What does this mean for homebuyers in Chatham County?

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This is representative only of the homes featured in the Parade of Homes, and not intended to be a general indicator of the Chatham County new home market, though Parade of Homes can be representative of overall trends.  These statistics were derived by Penny Hull from public information about Parade of Homes entries, and are copyright Stanton Homes.  The statistics calculated above represent Parade of Homes entries in Chatham County in the Briar Chapel, Chapel Ridge, Chapel Ridge Estates, Dunhill, Fieldston, The Hamptons, Harrison Pond, Henderson Place at Fearrington, Horizon, Legacy at Jordan Lake, Parks at Meadowview, Piazza at Stonewater, Vistas at Chapel Ridge, Westfall, Westfall Pines, Windfall, and Woods at Wilkerson Creek new home communities. 


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