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Couple build a home where the selling point is the garage

February 12, 2011 |  4:52 pm

Comes with a house, too

Molly and Stan Hyman are automobile enthusiasts and restorers who in 1995 custom-built their Burbank garage/house to give themselves room to rebuild and showcase vehicles.

The building replaced a home destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, said Stan Hyman, a 76-year-old retired hospital administrator and real estate developer.

"Molly wanted a new 1930s-style Mediterranean place, and we both wanted good garage space. So we laid out the garage first and then built the house around it," he said.

From the street, the three 9-foot roll-up doors are the only hint of what's inside. The interior has a 12-foot ceiling and is deep enough to handle six cars, tool bins, built-in storage cabinets and work benches.

It's equipped like a commercial garage: There's a 9,000-pound vehicle lift bolted to the floor, a 50-foot air hose connected to a 5-horsepower air compressor, and a 50-amp, 220-volt outlet in the wall for welding machines.

Read the full story here.

-- Bob Pool

Photo: Molly and Stan Hyman inside their 1,400-square-foot garage, which is the main selling point of their Burbank home. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times