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"These people are bad news! They do terrible work and are scam artists. We hired them to build a walkout basement for our new house. First, Skip dug the hole in the" wrong place. Not sure how, but he missed where I wanted it by about 30 feet. Next, he placed the support beams in the wrong place. And what's worse is he didn't even know it - I had to point it out to him. Apparently, he doesn't know how to read a set of plans. Let's see...the backhoe I rented? He tore it up. The concrete finishing machine that he rented?
had to call the police to come pick it up at his house. The concrete forms that he rented? I had to take them back to GFS after they had been overdue for several weeks. Oh, the basement that we hired him to complete? He had to tear down one wall that he put up because it started to crack badly within a week of putting it up and he poured it 3 feet out of square! Avoid
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-missie W.

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was the contractor in the job. He was on time for every appointment. He returned texts and calls within minutes. He completed everything" he said he would within budget, and the work was very good. When
said he would do some research and get back to us, the turnaround was never more than a couple of days, and there were always several products to review. I was very happy with
and his team, and would definitely recommend him to someone looking for a contractor.

-Kit B.

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Building or expanding a garage

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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 Marshall

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did a great job building our garage. We worked with
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and could not be happier with the service he and
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's crews provided. As with any new construction job, there were a few snags along the way, but all of them were worked out in a timely manner. Building in the late fall means that there will most likely be some weather related delays, but
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managed to keep close to the original schedule. I especially appreciate
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's attention to quality. There were a few of items I didn't notice during construction that he insisted be corrected by
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's subcontractors, which they did promptly and correctly. In addition, he made a number of suggestions on the design and materials used that resulted in a much better end result. Everything looks good after three months, and I have no doubt we have a garage that is built to last.
- Glenn L.
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Awesome, as usual. I have used
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for years now. He has been replacing my windows a few at a time over the last year. He also put a new roof on before that. I call
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for all my home repairs, although I tend to wait til I have a few things to be done before I call. Otherwise, he'd be here all the time. :) He is very talented and has good solutions. And you will never find a harder worker. He shows up when he says he will. Honestly, I can't say enough good things.
- Marcia J.
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Crew arrived on time. Quality of construction was better than expected. Crew cleaned up all debris and finished by 400 PM.
- Andrew H E.
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The team of carpenters that the owner assembled were simply amazing. They operate with speed and efficiency and in no time they all had the entire building up and ready for me to start loading all my belongings inside. They did an incredible job, and I couldn't be more happier than what I got from them. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a pole building, you won't regret hiring
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out of North Branch, MN. They are the best!!!!!
- Curtis L.
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TJ was punctual, immediately. Started working. He was personable and professional. I would definitely hire him again. Very quality work.
- Elaine K.
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I started a project and couldn't finish it; 1. I didn't have the right tool for the task 2. I had to leave out of state. In contrary to a previous review, Chip (
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) did provided me “based on my explanation” a “ballpark” guess of the cost. This is not an estimate but it did help with my budget considerations. Chip was more than happy to work with me in relation to my work schedule and demands. Chip worked with my wife to ensure the project was finished to her satisfaction. I will be asking Chip to help with other projects while I’m out of state and most likely work in partnership on some projects I have scheduled in the spring. If you need a figure ask for a good guess but keep in mind it’s only a guess. If you need a job done to your saisfaction ask for Chip.
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gets an A+ for work completed and an A+ for doing it with a good attitude.


- David B.
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The sales experience was excellent. At construction, the crew arrived on time. Did an excellent job of constructing the shed. Did an excellent job cleaning up and were very professional.
- Chris G.
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He was very friendly and talked a lot - which is OK. but this gave the impression that he did not have much business. We were getting ready to have a garage sale and had a lot of antique tools and several things that interested him. He bartered for things he wanted for a reduction in his fee - which does not seem professional behavior. And, this is the reason I cannot remember the cost of his service but know I paid him something in addition to letting him take a
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birdhouse, etc. I remember telling him I would not sell him items I had specifically listed in the ad for the garage sale because it did not seem fair to those who may come to see something specific. I do not think he came to the garage sale.
- Fred C.

All Garage Builders in Marshall, MI

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180Construction and Renovation LLC

5699 Mt Olivet Rd
Kalamazoo

All in One Builders Inc

1950 Waldorf St Nw
Grand Rapids

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E. Grand River Rd.
Williamston

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St
Augusta

Bradford Johnson LLC

47659 40th Ave
Lawrence

C Squared Construction

2664 Eaton Rapids Rd
Albion

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carpentry by Day

6322 Sherwood Hwy
Olivet

Charles's Concrete

53910 Rudy Rd.
Dowagiac

ctp costruction

1028 jackson st
Kalamazoo

D. STILES CONSTRUCTION, INC

14440 N ULDRIKS DR
Battle Creek

DeLoof Builders L.L.C

7509 west S ave
Schoolcraft

Empire Construction Enterprises, LLC

912 Wheaton Avenue, Suite #2
Kalamazoo

ERICKSON BUILDERS

70291 2ND AVE
South Haven

FAIR & SQUARE CONSTRUCTION

143 ST MARYS LAKE RD.
Battle Creek

Gary Van Meter Builder

1550 W Goguac St
Battle Creek

GLASS WOOD & STONE

5269 FORDHAM AVE
Kalamazoo

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings
Delton

Home Improvements

2930 Belle Chase Blvd
Kalamazoo

Home Maintenance Professionals

6274 South 32nd Street
Kalamazoo

Home Specialists LLC

237 Steele St
Grand Rapids

Hoogstraten Builders Inc

6086 Far Hills Way
Kalamazoo

Hostetler Construction Inc

10401 Sprinkle Rd
Vicksburg

Innovative Builders

6533 W Q Ave
Kalamazoo

JUD DEHAAN BUILDER

4231 W C AVE
Kalamazoo

Just Rite Painting Plus

1416 Howland Ave
Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO KONSTRUCTION

3234 MIAMI AVE
Kalamazoo

LA FLEUR CONSTRUCTION

4962 BEECHWOOD DR
Delton

Lee McDonald Builders, Inc.

8819 S 10th St
Kalamazoo

Mark Wodarczyk

6377 107th Ave
South Haven

Mater Home Improvement, LTD

6647 s 25 th st
Portage

MB Construction

4743MAPLE LAWN ST

miller decks and more

415 W. Green St.
Marshall

Molnar Construction

10061 West V Ave
Schoolcraft

RBC Construction LLC

58204 Circle Dr
Three Rivers

Regional Concrete LLC

6127 Red Maple Rd
Battle Creek

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak

Richard VanEk Builder

1565 N 7th St
Kalamazoo

RITSEMA MASONRY & CONSTRUCTION

434 W CROOKED LAKE DR
Kalamazoo

Scott Keyzer Roofing

123 East Franklin Street
Otsego

Scotty D's Construction, LLC

1730 Huntington
Kalamazoo

Singleton Construction

55630 CR 653
Paw Paw

Surpass Renovations Inc & Scott Christopher Homes

620 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids

The Repairman

7116 Starbrook Street
Portage

Vandam Brothers Builder

5661 Newhaven Dr
Portage

Vangoye Home Improvement

1075 S Peach Ct
Plainwell

Versatile Construction LLC

5567 East R. Ave
Scotts

Vestal Builders

PO Box 125
Mattawan

Vieau Consruction

Middleville

Vincent Construction

5899 Guernsey Lake Rd.

W J BURNETT CONSTRUCTION INC

16745 18 MILE RD
Marshall

W. J. Burnett Carpentry LLC

16745 18 Mile Rd
Marshall

Warren Builders, LLC

7764 East D Avenue
Richland

Wayne's Construction Contracting

01438 CR 687
South Haven

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