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Building or expanding a garage

A homeowner's guide to options for having a new garage built or remodeling an existing garage to convert to livable space.

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Ballpark number - $30-50/SF for normal garage - in your area, considering need for perimeter foundation to get below frost depth, probably about $40/SF unfinished, $50 finished.

In your area, if you can afford it, I would talk to a Realtor friend (or the one who sold you the house) about how much value a garage would add, and the difference between one and two car - very few houses are built with one cars these days except on narrow city lots, so it might pay (if your budget can handle it) to make it a two-car while you are at it.

Also, a standard 1 car is about 12 x 20 feet - if you make it large enough for a full size pickup or SUV then about 12 x 24 or 12 x 26', which could improve resale value. The current trend is toward 8 to 8-1/2' ceilings and 7-1/2 to 8 foot high entry clearances also, rather than 7 to 7-1/2' ceiling and 6-1/2 foot beam clearance, to handle larger pickups and SUV's with racks.

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Definitely - if you are interested, there are good videos on how it works on This Old House and Hometime websites, and probably on Youtube too, or google  -  "epoxy floor covering"

It takes A LOT of careful prep and you have limited working time to handle it (it is a 2-component product like epoxy glues and fibreglass resin, so has vdery limited working time after you mix the two components), so unless you are quite experienced with fast-setting finishes I would NOT recommend you do it yourself - get it wrong and it is MUCH harder to remove than to put on. Also, it is important to sprinkle the non-slip material over it at the right time without stepping in it or getting any on flooring that is not yet covered with the epoxy.

Find a specialty contractor for garage floor sealing - normal painters and contractors may or may not know how to do it. Rough cost estimate, WITHOUT moving a lot of stuff in and out of the garage, $1.25-3.00/SF depending on how expensive a finish you get. Keep in mind you will have to move everything out of the garage for a few days to a week, or pay them to come twice (which I have seen done) - to do it by halves about a week apart, with you moving workbenches, tool chests, etc from one end of the garage to the other before they come back.

There are a lot of off-brand products out there - a lot of them are garbage, and some claiming to be epoxy are not even 2-component, so not true epoxy. I would stay with national industrial brand names like PPG, Rustoleum, Armorchip, AkzoNobel, Dulux, ISF - the ones made by consumer paint companies like Behr, Sherwin Williams, etc seem to have a lot of bad press about them.

One thing to consider, is if your slab was coated with a water repellent or sealer, that will probably have to be sandblasted or ground off before an epoxy can adhere properly - for about $0.50-1.00/SF more.

If you are not up to spending $1000 or so on protecting a floor you drive on, you can get Rustoleum Epoxy Shield Concrete Floor Paint for about $40/gallon that, as long as you degrease and scrub the floor well before hand, sticks quite well including over a normal concrete sealer. While the rustoleum stuff is actually an acrylic, not a true epoxy, it does good for the $. The competing latex concrete paints peel and lift off in no time - they are fine for coating a basement floor to reduce moisture passage before putting down flooring, but do not hold up to garage traffic.

I redo the central driven-on half of mine for about $45 in degreaser and paint about every 10 years and while it does not look like a showroom floor after the first few weeks, it does the job of being easy to clean and repels most vehicle stains (except gasoline, paint solvents like laquer thinner or acetone, or automotive spray solvents like brake or carb cleaner, which will all soften and bubble it). It also is not anywhere as slippery as an epoxy finish. You do have to let it dry a full week to avoid peeling from tires sitting on it.

As a condo owner I presume you have checked with the condo manager - most condos have rules about types of finishes that can be used, and in some cases even colors.

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That is a pretty old and small house to be putting much money into.

My recommendation would be to do no more than box in the carport as a garage, if you have use for that.

Adding a bathroom and laundry room to a garage generally means a new foundation for them, so significant cost for the small added space you are getting. Generally, one would recommend an addition rather than putting those in a garage. However, for this old a house an addition could be equal to the value of the house.

My recommendation - talk to the Realtor you bought it from, or a Realtor friend, about what certain improvements could do to the value of the house. I fear you will find that anything other than a teardown might not add to value at all, because any significant addition to that old a house, and that size if typical of the neighborhood, would make it an oddball house for the area and reduce rather than enchance saleability.

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All Garage Builders in 40071, KY

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A and S Contractors, LLC

333701 E.890 Rd.

A Assurance Construction Co

3937 Central Ave
Louisville

A-1 Bob the Builder & Sons

2301 Magazine Street
Louisville

A-1 COSTELLO CONSTRUCTION

9605 BRITANNIA CT
Louisville

Ace's Decks and Carpentry

1301 Lakewood Drive
La Grange

AD General Contracting LLC

P.O. Box 379
Mount Washington

ALLSTATE GARAGE BUILDERS INC

11501 LEEMONT DR
Louisville

Alvey's Construction LLC

11155 Bradford Woods dr

Artistic Design

7502 Whimstock Ave.
Louisville

BLITZ BUILDERS

115 PARTHENIA AVE

Bradley Homes Incorporated

317 Longview Park Pl
Louisville

Bryant Construction

13106 Trump Ave
Louisville

Bryant Enterprises of KY, LLC

13106 Trump Ave
Louisville

Bryant Enterprises of KY, LLC

9405 Dawson Hill Rd
Louisville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Corrigan Electric & Generator Systems

2621 Holloway Rd
Louisville

Craftsmen Contractors

120 Kentucky Ave
Lexington

Crume Installations

121 Green Meadow Ct.
Bardstown

Custom Woodcrafters

906 Reed Lane
Simpsonville

DAVE'S METRO GARAGE BUILDERS

10605 SEATONVILLE RD
Louisville

Denton Floyd Realestate Group

1473 S 4th St
Louisville

Distinctive Design Remodeling

1050 Enterprise Dr
Lexington

Donn's Decks

1608 Rhode Ct
La Grange

Dry Tech LLC

10900 plantside dr. ste e
Louisville

Duramax Roofing & Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr

Friddle and Son Licensed General Contractors LLC

6309 Upper River rd.
Harrods Creek

Frontier Builders

6307 Mormon Rd
Louisville

Funspace Direct KY

163 Old Todds Rd
Lexington

G/M Roofing & Home Exteriors

4602 Bittersweet Rd
Louisville

Garage Solutions Louisville

1648 Edenside Ave
Louisville

Graber Roofing & Construction

8280 E Hwy 60
Irvington

GRB Design

1909 Production Drive

Handy Hulk

515 moser road

Heseman Homes

3709 Canterbury Drive
Louisville

HGC llc

1604 Lake Shore circle
Crestwood

Holdfast LLC

3711 Quail Hollow Ct
Louisville

Home Design Expo Inc.

455 South 4th Street
Louisville

HRC Roofing & Contracting

3754 Kahlert Ave.
Louisville

Indiana United LLC

210 Robin Lynn Dr

J & R Construction Services Inc

633 West Main Street
Lexington

JC Mohr construction

738 peaceful way
Shepherdsville

JOE JAMES CONSTRUCTION CO INC

4605 ILLINOIS AVE
Louisville

JPC Builders,LLC

315 Tex Ave
Fairdale

KBC - Kelley Building Company

200 Big Run Rd.
Lexington

Ken Skinner Construction

PO Box 190
La Grange

Kentucky Barns

2988 Louisville Rd
Harrodsburg

Matrix Construction LLC

1215 Manitau Ave
Louisville

Metro City Complete Construction Co.

4604 Samara Dr.
Louisville

metro city construction

4604 Samara Dr
Louisville

Miller Remodeling & Painting

PO Box 243
Stanford

MORA CONSTRUCTION INC

6608 Bluffview Cir
Louisville

MY ROOF

115 dexter

Neyer Elite Carpentry Inc.

8304 Pennsylvania Run Rd
Louisville

Osbourne General Contracting Inc

850 Woodland Hills Dr
Taylorsville

Poseidon Construction Inc.

312 S 4th St
Louisville

Precise Remodeling

Plaza
Louisville

R W BOLIN BUILDER INC

3822 N CAMDEN LN
Crestwood

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Riley Home Improvement

3400 Burkland Blvd
Shepherdsville

Robert L Houk Jr Builder

570 Lemaster Rd
Simpsonville

Rock Solid Home Services

124 Federal Place
Bardstown

Scott's Home Improvements

123 E. Oak St.
Lebanon Junction

Sentio Architects

8219 Mary Naville Road

Shed-I-Master Sheds

6504 Wiehe Rd.

Shelburne Contracting

2741 Brashears Creek Rd
Taylorsville

SK Construction

9226 Vevey Rd.
Louisville

SML Design Build LLC

816 Franklin St
Louisville

sturgill home improvements

3850 murrays run rd
Coxs Creek

Swole construction

Bards town rd.

TJ'S maintenance

4578 buds rd

TUFF SHED INC - Louisville

10801 Bluegrass Pkwy
Louisville

TUFF SHED INC. - Elizabethtown

5166 N. Dixie Hwy
Elizabethtown

Vincent Abell Contracting Inc

2232 Kaelin Ave
Louisville

wayne sellings framing contractor

519 Gablewood Circle
Louisville

Weber Home Improvement, Inc.

13821 New Hopewell Rd.
Louisville

Wernert Quality Homes

310 West Liberty Street
Louisville

Wheatley Home Improvement

902 Ulrich Ave
Louisville

Witt Construction

1528 Belmar Dr
Louisville

Wolz Plumbing & Design

1409 Fairdale Rd
Fairdale

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