The Versatile Garage and How to Get the Most Use Out of It

No longer is the garage an area simply to park your car. Though initially that has been its purpose, many people, have assigned its use to numerous purposes. In fact, whenever most folks have considered a place to live, whether or not it had a garage was a key element in the decision to move to a particular location.

The garage has made a wonderful work area where art projects and furniture refinishing could be completed. During wet weather or super cold temperatures, the materials or workman could work inside without discomfort or damage to the project.

When space is at a premium, this area is a great place where kids activities can take place. There have been many band practices, afternoons of ping pong or work on go carts and bicycle repairs. Not to mention the pre-teen/teen social activities on the weekends, where they can be close by, and yet still feel they are in their own element.

Probably the best double duty for the garage is the studio apartment. The best arrangement for this is a detached one; with the incorporating of a few additional items such as shower, toilet and apartment size stove and fridge. There have been numbers of mother in laws and father-in-laws as well as grown sons and daughters who have occupied a studio apartment that once housed the family’s four wheels.

Sometimes you can see a garage that appears to be doing nothing but provide storage space. There are boxes and boxes of items from wall to wall, front to back. These are items that should have been tossed out some time ago, but due to sentimental value, the folks just can’t seem to part with them. If they ever decide to get rid of that stuff, undoubtedly would be the yard sale junkie’s pleasure.

The nice part about a garage is that it can become anything its owner needs it to be. Because it provides such potential, its many uses can be as creative as the individual’s imagination and can be accomplished quickly with little expense, depending on the double duty it will be called upon to perform. It has definitely become an important part of today’s housing concept.

The size of the area can limit the potential use and function it might be called upon to serve. The single car type is hardly large enough to house a standard sized vehicle, and makes you wonder if the builder really intended one to park there. The larger type, three to five car specials, can provide greater capacity for use and you almost feel it a shame that all that space go to waste just for the car.

North Side Atlanta’s Fall Arts Festivals

Autumn is a popular time of year to attend an outdoor arts festival in the Atlanta area. Festivals are scheduled around town nearly every weekend in October, as residents and visitors look for ways to enjoy the cooler weather. Many people are ready to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Here are some of the popular arts festivals on the north side of town.

The Norcross Art Fest is scheduled for October 6-7, 2012 in the historic downtown area. This two day festival is one of best juried arts festivals in the Southeast, featuring more than 180 artists. Attendees will also enjoy a variety of live musical entertainment as well as a Kids Korner with crafts, games, and inflatables. Festival admission is free, and hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Shuttle service is available from Jefferson Plaza at 3169 Holcomb Bridge Road and Norcross First United Methodist Church, located at 2500 Beaver Ruin Road.

The Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on October 20 from 9am-6pm. The annual festival is located on the historic square in downtown Marietta. Adults can shop at the arts and crafts booths while the kids enjoy Halloween Happenings. There will be carnival games, a children’s costume contest with prizes, and a pet costume contest. Local schools, businesses, and civic organizations will display scarecrows all around the square. Admission to the festival is free, and free parking is available at the Cobb County Parking Garage on Cherokee Street.

The Fall Jonquil Festival 2012 is scheduled for October 27-28 on the Village Green in downtown Smyrna. The festival will feature 175 artists in the Artist Market. Attendees can also enjoy a Fresh Harvest Market, musical entertainment, a kids’ zone, and shows by master puppeteer Peter Hart. Festival hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Johns Creek Arts Festival is scheduled for the same weekend, October 27-28. This exciting new festival is an expansion of Arts on the Creek. The arts festival will feature 100 artisans showcasing their work. Categories will include paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, metalwork, and more. The kids will enjoy a pet parade, children’s costume parade, and a kids’ zone with rides and inflatables. The Johns Creek Symphony will perform at 7pm Saturday night, followed by fireworks. Festival hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. The event will be held in the meadow across the street from Atlanta Athletic Club on Medlock Bridge Road.