When The City Refused To Let Him Build A Garage, He Came Up With A Brilliant Solution

Mar 10, 2016 By Houston Barber

We all have an authority figure we have to deal with. Whether it's a boss, a teacher, or a parent, there's usually someone in our lives who gives us orders. More often than not, these people know what's best for us and will steer us in the right direction. I would be nowhere without the guiding hand of my parents and the teachers who influenced me. Every once in a while, though, we need to stand up for ourselves. That's exactly what one retired Belgium shop owner did, with hilariously awesome results. 

He knew he needed a garage door to keep his car safe inside, so he did the correct, legal thing and asked city hall for a permit. Unfortunately, the city denied his request. But if you think that was going to stop this man's quest to store his car inside, you are very wrong. 

With a little creativity and a lot of time, he came up with a solution that made the Internet go wild. This guy is the best kind of rebel. Scroll through to read what he did. 

Meet Eric Vekeman. When the city government wouldn't allow him to install a garage door, this man wouldn't take no for an answer.

“My whole life I owned a food shop,” Vekeman says. “When I closed it, I wanted to turn it into a garage, with an automatic door. But the townscape in the Flemish Ardennes is protected, so they wouldn’t let me change anything. Not even an automatic door.”


So he spent two years working on a top secret project that would offer an awesome solution.

Every morning, he removes a bench and fake wall to reveal ...

... a garage door hidden in plain sight.

Then he just adds a ramp to drive off.

It seems like a lot of work, but the process only takes him two minutes.


The best part? The city let him keep it.

For his next project, Vekeman plans on making the door automatic.

It may not be the most convenient way to park your car or leave in the morning, but it definitely works at sticking it to the man. 

H/T: LifeBuzz | Imgur

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