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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.


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.


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.


Garage Builders in Somerset, KY

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3c's Construction

4794 State Route 121


2489 Tarr Ridge Road

All Precision Construction

3821 Sunbeam Rd

Bluegrass Home Innnovations

175 land o goshen apt a

Charlton Construction

255 Scarlets Way

Commonwealth Contracting

556 Anders Rd

D & S Construction

320 W Honaker Rd
Stamping Ground

Dayhill wood works

182 Dayhill rd

Dunn & Sons Contractors

4201 Burris Rd.

Funspace Direct KY

163 Old Todds Rd

G&L Construction

3026 St Rt 181 N

Gardner Construction

5448 Happy Valley Rd
Cave City

Greenscape Enterprises

366 Blue Lick Road

Handymen Contractors

833 Pleasant Grove Loop

Hargis Home Improvement

550 Gunnell Pike

Harrison Remodeling

570 Meadowlake Dr

Harvels Construction & More LLC

297 Powell Branch

Homes Plus Construction

6459 Point Pleasant Rd

House Doctors

159 Woodland Drive

Inner City Trades Inc

374 Grundy Rd


Stamping Ground

J & H Home Solutions

367 Cardinal Cir

J.T. Robinson Construction LLC.

PO box 84

Jim's Remodeling

205 Tarter Ln.
Russell Springs

Jimmy Pratt Home Repair

16387 Hwy 192

Jones Home Repair & Construction

1339 Osborne Fork Rd

Kentucky Restoration & Remodeling

1220 Merritt School Rd

Kilgore Construction

1010 Locust Fork Rd

Lawhorn Electric, LLC

140 Garden Avenue

Lees Construction

136 Harrisburg ave

Miller Remodeling & Painting

PO Box 243

Molloys Construction

1696 st rt 293

Moreland Homes LLC

7462 Energy Rd

Morgans Roofing & Siding

332 Richmond St

Murphy's Construction

6001 KY. Hwy. 3170

Napier's Construction

East Bernstadt

ogle's roofing & remodeling

120 A street suite 4

P&S Handyman Service

Fall Lick Road

Perkins Metal Buildings LLC

95 Marksberry Ln

Porter Property Construction & Restoration

4005 heron drive



Redline Contracting

Owensboro, Ky

Repairs For You

320 Slick Ridge Rd.

Ridgeline Contracting

75 Red Hill Rd


232 Bristol Lane
Mount Sterling

Rod Layman Masonry

321 Stonegate Way

Safe Harbor Construction LLC

424 Salem Pike

Summers Construction

Frederica St.

TMD Construction


World Painting

466 Clarkson rd

Wynn construction

130 Riley st
Stamping Ground

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