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was a little bit expensive, but their work and professionalism far outweighed the cost.

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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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Garage Building reviews in Lake

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His work was so poor that other contractors don't want to go behind his bad work because they fear they will be blamed for any unforeseen problems he caused. I had to stop him because he refused to get permits for electrical work and at the start of the job he gave me one price and then he kept changing the price throughout-out the job; he refused to put these oral changes in writing! Since that time, he refuses to give money back for the sub-standard work he did. He has so many court cases in the books that I am just one of many in line trying to get money back. It's a hopeless situation (if you look for any bad reviews you have to go to the courthouse because there is nothing showing in the BBB, consumer affairs, blogs or anywhere that I could find on the internet that he is a bad contractor). This guy has court cases across the state. He has left so much damage that it now costs double the amount of what he charged to put the garage up in the first place. His best work is keeping your money and running!
- Louise E.
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The most responsive and reliable contractor I have worked with. Provided options with clear cost estimates prior to beginning the work. Arrived on time and kept me informed throughout the week long job. Cleaned up each day prior to leaving the job site. In addition they are pleasant, considerate, and in general great people to work with. We have several friends who have used them for interior work, including kitchen remodling, and been very satisfied with their work.
- Don R.
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Excellent quality so far, this garage is nicer than my house. This company puts up quality garages in only one day, however I would recommend getting a firm date in writing. I received an estimated date 4 months from when I signed the contract, but that day came and went and the permit had not even been applied for yet! The garage eventually got built, but I had to wait 5 months for a garage that goes up in one day.
- matthew H.
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It went great and he did a terrific job. He was professional, punctual and true to his original quote. He cleaned up everything very nicely after he was finished. Removing popcorn ceiling can be a messy job. I highly recommend him !! I am a Realtor and have recommended
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- Linda K.
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They were great. Steady work, on schedule, good workers, willing to make adjustments. I got a recommendation form a couple of friends that used them, and I will recommend them based on my experience. Friendly, personable, hard working company with fair prices.
- Nathan L.
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and crew arrived as stated (02/18/2015 @ 7:00 AM and began work. Started from the foundation and worked their way up.
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kept me informed as what was happening--where to place foundation, where to place the doors, to place the window and other items. Explained where the hurricane clips were placed and why at their location. If I had any other questions,
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would stop and answer my questions.
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and his crew worked together like a well oiled machine. I was well impressed by their work; each knew what had to be done. I will highly recommend,
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and his crew, for any shed work that they perform! If I any other work on sheds, they will be my first choice. I would recommend they add a rolling magnet with wheels to their tools to pick up nails. Some nails were lying around.
All in all,
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and crew did a very satisfactory job !!!!! Like to note the Sales Rep,
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, explaining the different sheds available and cost for each shed.
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was able to answer all my questions.
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Hobby 02/20/2015
- Tim H.
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We looked at lots of options but most other sheds were pre-built and delivered so would not fit through our fence. Fairway was able to build it exactly where we needed it. Two considerations: 1. They charge a small carry fee if they can't back the trailer near the build site, 2. you are responsible for painting exterior to make it weather resistant. They did have a contact who would paint it for about $400 which after painting myself is worth it. Great product, exactly what we needed and would buy all over again.
- Robert W.
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did a great job. They were able to do the repairs within 24 hours of my call, they were extremely helpful( explained the problem, the solution, and other optional repairs/upgrades) and charged a very reasonable price for the work.
- Chase R.

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A to Z Renovation

45331 Northport Dr.
Macomb

AC & D Contracting

2568 Eaton Gate Rd.
Lake Orion

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E. Grand River Rd.
Williamston

AMADEUS REMODELING & CONSTRUCTION

23726 W COUNTRY LINE RD
Sand Lake

B & T GCCM

PO Box 950
Union Lake

Ball Construction

1947 S Dickerson Rd
Lake City

Bernard Building Center

27300 M-32
Hillman

BIGELOW EXTERIORS

7403 34 Rd
Cadillac

Blueline Builders

120 N. Main Street
Evart

Brauer Installation

3544 Ash Rd
Harrison

Butch's Construction LLC

9402 E. 136th St.
Sand Lake

c&d builders

586 e adams rd.
Saint Louis

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cleary Building - Escanaba

1814 N Lincoln Road, Suite B
Escanaba

Cornerstone Construction Corp.

9541 N. Cut Rd
Roscommon

D.B. Construction

Minden City

Dan Newton &d Sons Builders, Inc

5664 W Old State Rd
Central Lake

Dandy Education

9255 Passenheim
Gaylord

DEC General Home Improvement

700 Laird St
Lake Orion

Degeer Builders

7410 Lake Station Avenue
Lake

DLT CONSTRUCTION

307 E Lafayette St.
Sturgis

DNL BUILDERS

18701 144TH
Spring Lake

Duer Building and Design

15298 Rannes St
Spring 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

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

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

Kingdom Construction Inc.

23927 Ecorse Rd
Taylor

L&F Services

P.O. Box 111
Whitmore Lake

M&M SEAMLESS GUTTERS INC.

515 WOODSIDE AVENUE
Essexville

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

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

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 Rd
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

Smart Services

2685 Steeple Hill
White Lake

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

Treetop Log Homes

9471 Howard City Edmore Rd
Lakeview

TriStar Retail Services

1924 22nd St
Port Huron

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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