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Village with a carport. The carport was in poor condition structurally and we wanted it converted into an attached," two-car garage if possible (something rather rare for that part of the village). The project was tricky. The village said that we were not allowed to remove the carport and build a new structure (the garage) because it was so close to the neighbor's yard. We could, however, convert the carport to a garage as long as we did not take down the existing structure. Unfortunately, the building department said the foundation for the carport was bad and it needed to be replaced. This left us with a problem. We hired
and his sons through Craigslist and we were very glad we did. Ed's solution was to prop up the roof above the carport with temporary walls, keeping the roof of the carport intact. Then, he removed the carport walls and existing foundation. Next, he poured a new foundation and installed new, permanent walls to support the roof. Subcontractors (who were very good) poured the garage floor and installed electrical. After the garage door, back door, and windows were installed, the project was done. The project took about 4 weeks and the finished project was beautiful. The new garage blended perfectly with our house. Ed was more expensive than several other folks, but we think it was worth the extra price. He is a perfectionist and insists on doing everything carefully and correct. He also takes pride in his work. His makes sure the finished product is something that he would be proud of it it were on his own home. We were also very happy interacting with Ed's sons, who worked with him most days. They were very conscientious about their work and friendly. It was a real pleasure hiring a family-owned and operated business for this job. We were very pleased with Ed. He is currently working on another, smaller project inside our house.

-Jennifer W.

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"(illegible) prep and install - very good. Barn delivery and install - excellent Quality - great (weather delays)

-Roy E.

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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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Garage Building reviews in Lake

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The job went well.
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(the builder) was very easy to work with. He was very helpful throughout the project. The job was well planned out with the
crew working on replacing the siding on the house while the foundation and slab for the garage were being poured. There was no down time once the job was started. ...More /> We are very happy with the quality of the work.
- Paul B.
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The responsiveness to warranty work was pitiful, the builder tries to get all of his subcontractors in on the same day to fix your issues, this can be overwhelming as you cannot oversee a half dozen workers and make sure they are doing quality work. Once they 'fix' an issue, even if it is not good - they will not respond to further calls to fix that item again. I called dozens of times about numerous issues - some they finally fixed, others I was told would not be worked on further because of builders code. This company is horrible, I had to use my own money to fix these issues that were there from day one of ownership...unfortunately because he is a large volume home builder, one person will not affect him -- and he lets you know that! Do the research, find a builder who puts everything in writing - writing that you agree to, there are enough builders in the Omaha metro area that will do this for you. Lastly, do not be afraid to call out them or their subcontractors when something doesn't look right, many people listen to their construction people, when they should be hiring their own private inspector, who can take it to the builder.
If you build with this company -- Hire a private inspector that has no affiliation with this
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/Woodland/PineCrest or Richland Homes!!
- Bruce S.
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we needed the shed to match the house and
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made that happen they came looked at the house and matched it perfectly. I felt that the shed was better built then the competition. the competition seemed very over priced by a 1000 or more. and for that your got less then you could get from
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. I had both companies look at the project and the lower bid was
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made sure I was happy with my shed if there was an issue with it they were quick to fix it. I would not hesitate to heir them again.
- Rodney M.
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Provider arrived on time, and was completed on schedule. Shed is as expected, or perhaps a little better. Very happy with their service.
- Mitch T.
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The details of our experience follows. What needs to be said first of all is that there are some disputed items here between us and the contractor. When the work was finished we did not have what we asked for (usable storage space in the attic above the garage) and some of the work he did accomplish was flawed (drywall was not properly finished) and he never responded to correct the issues.
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asserts that he made it clear to us that it would not be possible to provide attic space. This dispute took us to arbitration with the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations (OCABR). After more than a year of arbitration it was determined that
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would prevail on the issue of the attic space (mainly because no one but us was ever aware of the conversation), but would be responsible for paying $575 (Half of the arbitration costs and $500 for poor quality finish of the drywall). His attorney was given a date of 8/13/2015 to pay this award. It is now 8/25/2015 and we have heard nothing from
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or his attorney. During the construction process, there were several occasions that my wife and I had to step in and point out areas that were not being accomplished in accordance with his own plans. The foundation was nearly poured with the opening for the garage door in the wrong place. If my wife hadn't sent me pictures at work just before they poured it,
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would have had a great deal of additional work to account for. While framing the exterior wall, my wife noticed that he had put the window in the wrong place. He gladly moved it (twice). When the issue of the storage space came up,
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immediately called his attorney without attempting to work with us to correct the issue. We offered several times prior to arbitration to work with him on correcting the "oversight", offering to split the costs with him at one point. The above should be clear regarding the quality of his work and his responsiveness and professionalism. We have since modified the garage to accommodate the attic space we had asked for. This required $1700 additional and two steel beams with supporting posts that we had not planned to have in our garage. Had the work been done as we expected there would have been no need for these extra intrusive items in the garage. Needless to say, we are not very happy with the work of this contractor.
- David J.
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Showed up on time, installed fixture and repaired wall outlets. Cleaned up the work. Very professional and friendly. Highly recommended.
- carter E.
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and his team were fantastic to work with. They helped us design the project and then did the work from beginning to end. They specialize in making homes accessible and that is exactly what we needed. They brought their expertise to the project and we were thrilled.


- Janice S.
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He showed up on time to look at the job. He gave us a quick quote and was able to do the job the next week. Great to work with. Will use them again.
- Kathleen P.

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A to Z Renovation

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23726 W COUNTRY LINE RD
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B & T GCCM

PO Box 950
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Ball Construction

1947 S Dickerson Rd
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Bernard Building Center

27300 M-32
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Built Solid Renovations LLC

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Butch's Construction LLC

9402 E. 136th St.
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c&d builders

586 e adams rd.
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Cahaba Scapes

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1963 Beverly St
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Cleary Building - Escanaba

1814 N Lincoln Road, Suite B
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9541 N. Cut Rd
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5664 W Old State Rd
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Degeer Builders

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DLT CONSTRUCTION

307 E Lafayette St.
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18701 144TH
Spring Lake

Dreamscapes Construction

7110 Walker rd
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Duer Building and Design

15298 Rannes St
Spring Lake

Earth Contours Construction

5127 Lake Grove Dr
White Lake

Energy Plus Home Improvements

4355 N Lumberjack Rd
Riverdale

ERICKSON BUILDERS

106 WOODBURY DR
Iron River

FED Design/Builders

777 West Cedar Avenue
Gladwin

GH IMPROVEMENT LLC

13923 OLD 14 MILE RD
Greenville

Gorney Builders

5349 W Erie Rd
Ottawa Lake

HANSON BUILDERS

2405 13TH ST
Menominee

Harms Enterprises

88 W. Houghton Lake Drive
Prudenville

Harvest Village LLC

12023 210th Ave
Leroy

Heartwood Building Company

540 32 Mile Rd.
Romeo

HOME DEPOT

9078 Highland Rd
White Lake

HOMETOWNE LUMBER & KITCHEN CENTER

201 S Carpenter AVE
Kingsford

HouseCall Property Services

6236 Hiawatha Road
Whitmore Lake

Howe Building

Webster Church rd
Whitmore Lake

I'll do it, Home Services

405 Franklin Wright Blvd
Lake Orion

JDP Construction LLC

7956 Whiteford Center Rd
Ottawa Lake

Jess Arquette

7408 Hungerford Lake Dr
Big Rapids

L&F Services

P.O. Box 111
Whitmore Lake

Liebenow Construction LLC

112 William St
Midland

M&M Seamless Gutters Inc

515 Woodside Ave
Essexville

Mark Gugle Residential Builder

208 E Cherry St
Leroy

Matts Remodeling

100 Clear Lake Rd
Grass Lake

Maxwell Builders

1043 Dale Rd.

McCarthy Modernization

8165 Timber Trail
White Lake

mckelveys

Fort Gratiot

MDH Construction

30 Lakewood Rd.
Twin Lake

MERRETT DESIGN

590 California
Crystal Lake

Meticulous Builders

2430 Bayne Rd
Twin Lake

Michigan Realty Solutions LLC

69246 North Main
Richmond

Mike Montini Builder Inc

2736 E Beaverton Rd
Farwell

Mike Schaap Builders

12969 Greenly St
Holland

Mike Strehl Enterprises LLC

1015 E West Maple Rd
Walled Lake

My House Doctor

PO 971
Prudenville

MY ROOF

115 dexter
Milan

NG Builders

11540 Rooksby St
Sand Lake

NTK Builders

10620 Loughrea lane
Cement City

Orsini Building Co

9522 Lone Pine St
White Lake

Parker Home Improvement

13021 Kalmbach rd
Grass Lake

Patriot Builders

189 North Ridge Street
Port Sanilac

Paul Goedert Carpentry LLC

167 Belmont Ln
Whitmore Lake

Porters Network

1050 W 81st Ave

Privateer Construction

4675 Oak Rd.
Twin Lake

Pro Built Custom Building Corp

1600 Glengary Road
Walled Lake

Pro Paint & Renovate LLC

2736 JUDAH RD.
Lake Orion

ProBuild

1054 Old 27 N Hwy
Gaylord

Quality Built Building QBB

300 Atlantic Street
Bay City

R S Construction

128 Trillium Trail
Gaylord

Raha Builders, LLC

18661 Pawnee Dr
Spring Lake

Ralph Thelen Construction

476 West Musgrove Highway
Lake Odessa

Ramon Maintenance Services

8032 South Mission Road
Mount Pleasant

Rare Earth Hardwoods

6778 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak

Remodeling Specialists

125 Morgan St
Fife Lake

RICK ONAN

160 S OAK DR
Lake City

Riverland Building

4480 W Nestel Rd
Houghton Lake

S.A.H. Building and Remodeling

P.O. Box 132
Six Lakes

savoie comstruction

5578 Mesa Verde Trail
White Lake

savoie construction

5578 Mesa Verde Trail
White Lake

Sentry Contractors Inc

7250 Capri Dr
White Lake

Shelby Construction LLC

1211 Clearwater
White Lake

Simmons Enterprises

813 N. Main St
Mount Pleasant

Snell Custom Carpentry, LLC

5750 St John Rd
Grass Lake

SOUTHWICK BUILDERS

3174 OLD FARM LANE
Walled Lake

Structured Homes by Wilson Inc

8180 19 Mile Rd
Sand Lake

Terin Wales

3322 Oakleaf Dr
Harrison

Theisen Builders LLC

1366 Meadowlark Dr
Alger

Tottingham Builders LLC

3079 S Baldwin Rd
Lake Orion

Treetop Log Homes

9471 Howard City Edmore Rd
Lakeview

TriStar Retail Services

1924 22nd St
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W. J. Burnett Carpentry LLC

16745 18 Mile Rd
Marshall

Weckesser Builders

4463 Queens Way
Gladwin

Wildcat Construction

8781 Long Rapids Rd
Alpena

WILKERSON BUILDING & MASONRY

8892 DAWSON COUNTRY LN
Grass Lake
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