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Garage Plans & Construction Costs

What About Cost?

To build the dream garage I have described and illustrated in other articles, it will probably cost you between $35 and $45 per square foot (Actual Costs as of 1999) if you have a contractor do it for you. If you happen to be handy and can do lots of the work yourself, you might be able to get it done for about half of that.

If you do decide to build the garage yourself, you will need at least 6 people to help you tilt up the walls. The garage door wall should be built without the beam in place. It will be very hard to erect as it will be top heavy. Create the pocket for the beam and slide and fasten it in place after the wall is up and braced.

The beam over the garage door will need to be sized by an engineer. Its size depends on what type of trusses you decide to use. If you go with the attic storage trusses, be prepared for a slightly larger beam.

Exterior Surface?

If your budget starts to get tight, give vinyl siding a serious look. Be sure to look at the ones that are multi-colored. When viewed from a distance of 20 or more feet, they will usually fool most people into thinking you covered your garage with expensive cedar or redwood. Buy a siding that has passed the voluntary standards of the Vinyl Institute!

Companion Articles: Dream Garage Has Lots of Room, Dream Garage Illustrations, Ideal Garage Plans & Tips

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