Go Back  DoItYourself.com Community Forums > Interior Improvement Center > Framing, Flooring and Sub-Flooring
Reload this Page >

Renovating/expanding garage built with true 2x4 wood

Renovating/expanding garage built with true 2x4 wood

Reply

  #1  
Old 02-24-12, 07:51 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,542
Renovating/expanding garage built with true 2x4 wood

So my big plans of tearing down the old, building the garage I want is not going to be happening as expected. We had just bought this house, knowing the garage was not going to be able to replace the 1.5 car garage I had at the old place (old house had a 10yrs old detatched garage, heated, with electricity and a perfect concrete floor). The one I have now is about the same size (a bit longer maybe), but is dity floor, tin siding and roof (with holes), no power and what looks to be a roof that needs replacement (see pics below).

Being that I will be able to slowly put money into making it my dream garage, I am going to look at expanding what I have and go from there. The problem being, all the studs, trusts, etc are old (true) 2"x4".

How can I compensate for the smaller 2x4s now available when some of the walls will contain the old wood?

Here is what I currently have for a garage (pictures taken when we viewed the place before purchasing)


 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-24-12, 09:04 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 43,842
You can either go to a local sawmill and buy true 2x4s or use the smaller lumber yard 2x4 and rip some 1/2" plywood to shim it out even.
 
  #3  
Old 02-24-12, 09:09 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,542
Originally Posted by marksr
You can either go to a local sawmill and buy true 2x4s or use the smaller lumber yard 2x4 and rip some 1/2" plywood to shim it out even.
I think the shims might be the more cost effective method, but a pain. I think the true 2x4 could be costly but I will check the local lumber mills before selecting a direction.

I'm pretty much looking to double the width of the garage (depth I think is ~28' currently). Unfortunately I won't have the ~$10k (plus floor/foundation) as I was planning to tear down and build new. Now it'll be a couple hundred per pay check going into materials and hammer swinging when time and materials permit.
 
  #4  
Old 02-24-12, 09:20 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 43,842
I haven't been to sawmill in a 2-3 yrs but here locally they are always cheaper than the lumber yard/big box. The only issues with sawmill lumber is it isn't kiln dried and depending on the sawmill, the width/dept may vary some..... and you always have to square up the ends and cut to length.

Is the siding aluminum? if so, I'd expect it to bring a pretty penny if you decide to replace it.
 
  #5  
Old 02-24-12, 09:25 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,542
There are a couple saw mills in my area (this little town I moved into was a lumber town originally) so it'll be work a look at minimum.
As for the siding, I don't know if it is aluminum or tin or what. There is no rust or corosion but it does have a few holes in it. It's attached to the garage by screws, screwed straight into the studs. I do want to replace it. Probably with plywood then eventually siding to match the house. I am assuming I'll get a box of beer or so if I bring it to a scrap yard. Really not looking forward to removing all them damn screws though.
 
  #6  
Old 02-24-12, 09:35 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 43,842
7-8 yrs ago my brother in law remodeled a house and tore off all the aluminum siding. If I remember correctly, a pickup load brought me about $90. A magnet should tell you if it's steel or aluminum. I haven't seen any in years but it looks like the aluminum siding/roofing that was popular for a short time years ago.
 
  #7  
Old 02-24-12, 09:40 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,542
I will have to check when I get some time. Been so busy I haven't really been able to start looking at the garage, what I can save, and what has to go. I know with my tools, car and sports gear (mtn bikes, kayaks, etc) that the existing garage will not be good for working in or even really mounting stuff too.


If I can get a box of beer in return for the scape metal, it'll be all good for me. Better then paying tipping fees at the dump.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes