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    New garage

    I'm planning a new garage and was wondering about concrete prices and contractors.
    Has anyone recently completed a project? Looking for any advice.

    Thanks in advance



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    Re: New garage

    Remember, like TV's, I never heard of anyone complaining that they have too big of a garage.



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    Re: New garage

    Quote Originally Posted by hoopsnut1 View Post
    I'm planning a new garage and was wondering about concrete prices and contractors.
    Has anyone recently completed a project? Looking for any advice.

    Thanks in advance
    What city do you live in as this will give a better idea of contractors to use.



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    Re: New garage

    My dad had one built separately from the house to use as a shop a few years ago.
    He did a two single stall with a walk in door in about a half stall wide area next to the garage doors.
    Got the walls to be a little taller than average so he could install ceiling fans. He also put a space heater in the corner ceiling, had mediacom cable run a line up there, and put a fridge up there.
    The place is literally a man's dream.
    I think the concrete, doors, windows, lumber, shingles added up to a 10k bill. He did the extras later and insulated it a year later.
    He wishes he would have gotten insulated doors.



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    Re: New garage

    Saw an ad in the DM Register Waukee paper for two-car garage complete for $7975. A very good price, I think. Includes steel reinforced concrete foundation, vinyl siding, and a service door.

    Home Page 515-223-4464


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    Re: New garage

    Im building mine now it helps to have people to know what they are doing and my uncle's have all built their own houses so it makes it easier. I am in the concrete buisness so it made that alot cheaper and I have picked up a few tricks from other trades.

    Im built a 26X28 garage the package i bought at menards for $5,000

    The concrete ran me around $2100 I had some 2 ft. footings on the deep side,
    this is all my material cost. I would not be surprised if your looking around $15 to $20 thousand dollars including labor and materials. I am just throwing that out there.

    If you have alot of family and the slightest idea on what you are doing than do it yourself it seems like to much but it really is not.


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    Re: New garage

    Quote Originally Posted by oldman View Post
    Saw an ad in the DM Register Waukee paper for two-car garage complete for $7975. A very good price, I think. Includes steel reinforced concrete foundation, vinyl siding, and a service door.

    Home Page 515-223-4464

    Seems kind of low thats less than the cost of material depending on the size though. Their finished product looks good though.


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    Re: New garage

    I built my own garage about 5 years ago. Spent no more than $4000 for a 24 x 24, including concrete, framing, siding, electrical and roof. I was surprised at how easy building a garage was, it paved the way for me doing many more projects on my house on my own.



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    Re: New garage

    I built an unattached 3 car garage, two years ago. I hired a professional carpenter/cement person to build it and I was the "helper". The footings and two subwalls were a challenge due to the slope of the property. So that was a major undertaking. We poured all the cement but I did have a professional cement finisher come in and finish the surface of the inside part. The garage, roof, doors, etc. were a piece of cake. I did hire the wiring done so it would pass inspection. The total cost was $32,000. Approximately 28' x 40' with single ridge peaked roof. Labor was easily half since I took part. Nice garages with lots of cement are not cheap. But its the best money I have ever spent, particularly after this past Winter.



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    Re: New garage

    Quote Originally Posted by hoopsnut1 View Post
    I'm planning a new garage and was wondering about concrete prices and contractors.
    Has anyone recently completed a project? Looking for any advice.

    Thanks in advance
    I have sold post frame construction for a long time. If you are on an acreage or a big lot it is a low cost alternative. PM me and maybe I can answer specific questions.


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    Re: New garage

    Quote Originally Posted by mkadl View Post
    I have sold post frame construction for a long time. If you are on an acreage or a big lot it is a low cost alternative. PM me and maybe I can answer specific questions.
    That red one looks real nice!



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneTony View Post
    Seems kind of low thats less than the cost of material depending on the size though. Their finished product looks good though.
    Someone I know called them about their ad. It's bare bones -- no windows, insulation, or electric. Those are all adders that they probably make their money on. Who wants a garage without an automatic opener? Or lights?


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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman View Post
    Someone I know called them about their ad. It's bare bones -- no windows, insulation, or electric. Those are all adders that they probably make their money on. Who wants a garage without an automatic opener? Or lights?
    haha yeah no kidding


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    Re: New garage

    When we built our garage, we decided to make it 24 x 26 instead of the normal 24 x 24. Best decision we ever made. The extra 2 feet makes a HUGE difference.



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    Re: New garage

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonestate View Post
    When we built our garage, we decided to make it 24 x 26 instead of the normal 24 x 24. Best decision we ever made. The extra 2 feet makes a HUGE difference.
    Yeah, I see these house plans in the paper with a supposed 2 car garage at 20 x 20. That's a JOKE. There ought to be a law that a 2 car garage has to be at least 22' wide. 24 is the narrowest I would want.

    If you''re attaching it to the house you'll need frost footing so it doesn't move in relation to the house. If it's free standing and not too big (ususally 24 x 24) you can get by with a floating slab. It cheaper to build a free standing if you don't need a lot of pavement to get up to it. Don't forget to get a nice paved apron in front and make sure it's wide enough and long enough for the cars to queue up there.

    My brother got a slightly larger shed build from Cleary. They normally build the pole barn type building but for a premium they can put any siding you want on it and even a shingled roof. Since he lives in a subdivision where they can't have metal buildings he went that way and it looks just like a stick built garage from the outside, but cost quite a bit less.


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