garage expansion?

Old 06-28-03, 11:13 PM
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garage expansion?

We're buying a house with a 1.5 car garage and want to bump out one side (there's space in the yard) and make it a 2 car garage by using most of the exisiting structure and adding a 16' wide garage door, widening the cement floor, etc.

Is this possible? Is it crazy?

Thanks for any words of wisdom and/or advice!
Old 06-29-03, 07:48 AM
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What you are proposing is an option but it will cost. I might be well worth the time to remove what is there, wall and roof system and install new. It's also a good time to consider the garage door height...average is 7' high but with some vehicles, an 8' door would be better. This is an issue that will determine what you should do, either tear down existing or add on.

As long as the existing structure is sound, adding can be done but cost to salvage what is there and labor requirements to tie-in may be a factor in which way is better. Existing foundation/slab issues should be addressed and exterior finishes. Overall design issues should be considered with this, doors, ceiling height, use of attic, electrical, etc.

I suggest getting some bids and as always, you need drawings for the City to obtain a permit. Use these drawings to getting exact bids. Nothing worse than contractors "assuming" what is going to be done. Ensure that you know your setbacks and maximum garage size that is allowable in your area.

Make some calls and get more insight as to what contractors might think and some "ballpark" costs before proceding.

Hope this helps!

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