Looking at replacing the 11 year old estate which just fits between our
house and next door (with the wooden gates folded back pretty flat
against the walls. There is enough room but it can be a bit of a fiddle.
The new cars all seem to be between 7 and 10 cms wider - when you only
have about 18cms to play with now....
May need to look at replacing the gates - what would be the thinest
material to use to give as much space as possible?
I think it is to meet standard "side impact" accidents.
Sheet metal could be made thinner than wooden gates, as could fabricated
metal ones, but do they need to fold back against the walls? Perhaps you
need a portcullis.
That's because they were tarts and made the garage too small in the
Our rented house was less than 10 years old and a Deawoo Lanos was a
Silly sods could easily have added 1ft to every garage - it would have
made naff all difference losing 1ft off the kitchen/diner which was long
My last house, which was brand new in 2000, had a garage in a block that was
built at the time. The garage was just about wide enough to open a door
enough to squeeze in or out of the car, though it was a very tight squeeze.
OK, I had have had to park carefully because there was a breezeblock pillar
(maybe to give the wall between my garage and my neighbour's garage a bit of
But the up-and-over doorway was *way* too narrow. I only once parked my car
in the garage and that was overnight when a toerag had broken a window and
tried to break into the car (thank goodness for deadlocks). And it took a
long time to position myself accurately because there was only about 3" on
each side. And that was for a Peugeot 306 - hardly a big car.
For most purposes, those garages were useless as car storage and everyone
used them as overflow loft storage and kept their car on the allocated
open-air parking for the second car in the family, which meant that my
girlfriend had to find parking elsewhere whenever she came to stay. Even a
guy with an old-style (Austin/Morris, rather than BMW) Mini said the garage
door openings were a bit tight.
The doorways were probably about 18" narrower than the garages that they
gave access to.
Interestingly, other neighbours whose garages were in another nearby block
all used their garages, so I wonder if those had wider doors and/or garages.
Don't have that problem in our new house: there's no garage and the driveway
is wide enough to fit two cars (including my wife's big Honda CVR) side by
side and for my Peugeot to get in and out even when the CRV is parked
opposite the gap in the hedge and my car is in the offset space. Takes
courage to reverse straight towards her car before swinging round and
missing it by about 6 inches at the closest point before swinging back to
avoid the boundary hedge - one of those things that you take slowly and have
to try several times till you've got the hang of it, and passenger's door
mirror is always needed to check for clearance from the CRV.
On Friday, 21 October 2016 13:15:21 UTC+1, Dan S. MacAbre wrote:
Surely the EU would have some sort of standard to follow so everyone has the same so that cars can be shipped to anywhere in the EU and no road will be too narrow no car to wide to go into any garage etc...
On Friday, 21 October 2016 13:31:42 UTC+1, Dan S. MacAbre wrote:
Yeah that's true they are still bloody bent though.
That will cost a fortune they;d need to employ a couple of hundred staff then it'll take 7 years for every country to agree whether they can park in forwards or revease in and then whether it;s on the left or right side.
On Friday, 21 October 2016 14:57:55 UTC+1, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
Then why don't the EU sort it out, why insist on moving refugees/asylum sek
ers and economic migrants to countries like poland and romania as they have
space because we have imported a significant number of health workers so I
assume before they left they were living in some form of accometation whic
h is now empty.
Yes it is. I've never seen a garage that has any problem with getting
out of the car with the car in the garage except when there is lots of
shit on the wall in the garage, and I'm in lots for garage sales.
Yeah, bet they would be. Not that they are likely to redesign
their cars, much more likely to make screwing gestures beside
their heads at how stupid you lot are about what houses you buy.
Only those of us that don't have loads of money. The ones /with/ loads
of money are probably making similar gestures.
People in the UK have decided that cars are now a more affordable status
symbol than houses, so the situation is unlikely to improve.
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