For the pride and joy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CRAIG DUFF

WEALTHY Aus­tralian car buffs are pay­ing more than $ 200,000 for de­signer garages to house their pride and joy.

The themed garages, filled with clas­sic mem­o­ra­bilia, bars and vin­tage hoists, are de­signed from the ground up to com­ple­ment the cars they house.

De­signer Jayde Dev­er­son has built 31 garages for col­lec­tors rang­ing in price from $ 200,000 to $ 2.5 mil­lion for the equiv­a­lent of an au­to­mo­tive pent­house.

Mr Dev­er­son chases the top end of town with be­spoke garages “for the per­son who al­ready has ev­ery­thing”.

That means meticulous at­ten­tion to de­tail to match the stan­dard of a vin­tage con­cours clas­sic or a mod­ern su­per­car.

“It is anal­o­gous to the car it­self,” Mr Dev­er­son said.

“You can buy one off the line or you can have one built to your per­sonal tastes and spec­i­fi­ca­tions. There’s far more of an at­tach­ment to an ob­ject if you’ve been cre­atively in­volved with it your­self.

“There are two main types of cus­tomer: those who want – lit­er­ally – a show­room and those who want to tin­ker and get their hands dirty, so they need a dis­play area with a work­shop. Be­yond that the only com­mon as­pect is a love of their ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“De­vel­op­ing a theme is the key – the garage has to be more than just a prop for the ve­hi­cles. You want the area to res­onate on an emo­tional level as well as a prac­ti­cal one. There’s a bit of psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­fil­ing in it … you know you’re on the right path when the clients get misty- eyed,” Mr Dev­er­son said.

It also ex­plains why some of the 31 projects he has taken on since 2011 cen­tre around the likes of a 1955 HMV fridge and the green lam­i­nate found in school tech­ni­cal stud­ies work­shops in the 1980s.

One of Mr Dev­er­son’s most re­cent projects was a clas­sic­themed garage for Ade­laide cou­ple Matthew and Ker­rie White – who own 13 clas­sic and vin­tage ve­hi­cles and 10 mo­tor­cy­cles. The area in­cludes a four- tonne hoist, car­bon monox­ide and dust ex­trac­tion fans, plumbed air lines, the oblig­a­tory bar fridge and sur­round­sound au­dio.

Mr Dev­er­son says ve­hi­cle turnta­bles are not un­usual re­quests and ad­mits he’s fit­ted more than a few un­der­ground cel­lars dur­ing con­struc­tion.

ALL CLASS: Jayde Dev­er­son, above with Matthew and Ker­rie White, builds be­spoke garages.

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