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Growing demand for three-car garages

Home-building industry sees trend

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Back in the 1950s, the one-car garage was standard in the 41 percent of homes that had any garage at all. More than half a century later, almost two-thirds of all new homes have two-car garages, and on a nationwide basis 19 percent have three-car or more garages, according to the National Association of Home Builders. "The home-building industry is definitely seeing a growing trend toward the three-car garage," said Jerry Howard, executive vice president and CEO of the National Association of Home Builders. "Especially in areas where houses do not traditionally have basements, the three-car garage is becoming a must-have in new homes," said Howard. "But it's not just limited to those areas. Three-car garages are becoming more common in markets across the country." Census Bureau statistics confirm the trend toward three-car garages in all four census areas, although the Midwest and the West are definitely in the lead. When the Census Bureau first started tracking three-car or more gar...