Really off topic, but....here is garage story.
Okay, since you seem curious I will tell you the garage story, but I don't have a pix to post yet...gotta get that .jpeg resizing S/W...thanks to all who pointed me in that direction.
The garage is 1600 square feet....so yes, it is the size of a small house. It is attached to my house...actually the house kind of wraps around it. The garage is heated, has h/c running water, stereo piped in, cable TV hookups, and telephone. The garage was the whole point of building this house. The rest is just a place to sleep and poop.
You guys can tell I am a car guy. No wife, kids or pets to get in the way of my passion. (I am really misunderstood here in Utah.....I am suppose to have multiple wives, multiple kids and multiple donkeys. Multiple cars is just blasphemous!) My previous house only had a two car garage and when I started accumulating cars I didn't have room for them. I hated having them sit outside, so I bought one of those hydralic lifts....you have seen the pictures in the back of Autoweek magazine and such. I had it installed in my garage and stored my cars stacked one above the other in a two car garage.
I was the hit of the neighborhood. Kids would wait for me to leave for work in the morning so they could see inside my garage. During the school year the school bus driver actually asked me to leave for work earlier because he couldn't get his kids to get on the bus until I closed my garage door.
The garage was clearly visible from the road so people driving by would see these cars stacked when I opened my garager door. It created a lot of double takes and quite a stir in the neighborhood. I had peeping toms looking in my garage window from time to time, even though there were blinds, and sometimes they wouldn't stop at the garage window.
But, I guess those hydralic lifts are made for smaller cars, and all of my cars are full figured girls. So, after about 18 months the lift started to develop stress fractures and actually started to list to one side. I had the Riviera on top of the lift one morning when I was trying to lower it and it started to fall over...it would have dropped the Riv over onto the Syclone if it fell. Like an idiot, I ran over and tried to hold the car into the air. I can only imagine how stupid I looked in this garage with my arms over my head holding a full sized Buick in the air. (Envision music from Mighty Mouse playing in the background...."HERE HE COMES TO SAVE THE DAY!")
So, that scared me big time. I had to have two large tow trucks come in and remove the Buick from the broken lift. The 10 year warranty on this lift turned out to be worthless because it was manufactured in France and the US importer had stopped supporting them. So, I had to just yank out the lift and I was back to a two car garage....and I was out many thousands of dollars for a worthless lift that was nothing but scrap metal. I DON'T RECOMMEND THEM!
As a result, I found a secluded wooded lot and designed a house that is fairly hidden from the road. None of the houses you see in my photos are of my house. I am up behind the trees and accessible only via that steep driveway (hence the need for the MDX in the winter time). Nobody can drive by when my doors are open and see that I have a gaggle, er, flock, um, bunch of cars in there.
And, all of my cars are happily on mother earth all of the time. No more aerial stunts.
But, the point to all this is I have a 1600 square foot garage tucked neatly away, and I use all of the buttons on my MDXs Homelink Transmitter to access it....so I wish those buttons were illuminated in some way. (This is my obligatory MDX reference so this post isn't completely off topic.)
Thanks to all for your kind comments.