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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 Franklin

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is incredible. He's an ethical man and a perfectionist, offering impeccable work and a wealth of knowledge. I feel safe and comfortable working with
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- Janis S.
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This went well for us. It took a little longer than we expected but in the end the quality of the product turned out how we'd like. I would recommend this provider. Their communication at times could have been a little better but the end result was good.
- RICHARD T.
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showed up when he said he would to give me a bid.. was easy to reach and rebuilt my garage from the foundation up to great results. They were easy to set up an appt with, they have me a good competitive price and delivered. The team of guys are very thorough and work hard. I am extremely pleased with their work and professionalism
- helen P.
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spoke about knowing the rehab loan process and navigating his way through it. He was one of several contractors to provide an estimate. After the initial delay in getting the estimate I contacted Mr.
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by telephone. As I was asking Mr.
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about the estimate on the phone he began laughing at me and hung up. I was unsure if it was a bad connection so I tried calling back and received no answer. I then contacted his office. His secretary told me she would contact Mr.
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and have him call me. I never received a call. I was told I would be provided and estimate and wasn't. I thought whole heartedly I would use Mr.
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- Michael T.
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After I paid him in full, everything started to go sour. The level of expertise wasn't there and the work was amateur at best. The city has sent him a "Stop Work" citation, and he hasn't responded to the city. I have attempted to correspond with him multiple times and I asked him to come and complete the project and he claims he has no more money to complete the project. I have found out that he has done this to several other member of my community.
- Sharon C.
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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?
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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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Construction,
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and Concrete, All Phases Concrete, and whatever other names these cowards use.
- 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
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- Kit B.
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did a great job building our garage. We worked with
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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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'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.

All Garage Builders in Franklin, NC

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A & P Developers

116 Halls Industrial Dr
Hudson

A & R Roofing

111 Karen Court

All Day Remodeling

226 Little Ellijay Rd
Franklin

Andrew Roby General Contractor Inc

2000 West Morehead St
Charlottte

Andy&Son skilled handymen

112 fairview road
Louisburg

AntlerHunter Construction Inc.

531 Pet Lane Rd.
Murphy

ARROWOOD CONSTRUCITON LLC

246 Foxwood Dr
Franklin

B E VAUGHAN & SON INC

608 OLD THOMASVILLE RD
High Point

B.L.S Construction

P.O. Box 1506
Cashiers

Battle Plastering and assoc

4708 hickory ridge rd
Parkton

Bryson City Log Homes

11 Hwy 19 South
Bryson City

Builder Tony Hirst LLC

1292 US HWY 1 Bypass
Kittrell

Bullock's Home Improvements

607 Dabney Woods Lane
Henderson

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cary Reconstruction Co LLC

2410 Reliance Ave
Apex

Chris Tomczak's Handyman Services

1681 Marrestop Rd
Murphy

ELM Construction Services, Inc.

85 Madison Lane
Hayesville

Fine Built Construction

66 Sanderson Street
Hayesville

Foothills Remodeling

1896 Hay Meadow Rd
Hays

Handyman Xpress

1039 Morgan Mill Rd
Brevard

HOME SERVICES OF CASHIERS

PO BOX 2618
Cashiers

JC Roofing & Construction

14406 Arbor Ridge Dr
Charlotte

Jeff Walston Builders

6413 Tonya Road
Elm City

JJ Improvements and Tree Services

109 Short St
Lexington

kenneth swanson builders inc

55 old hy 64 west
Hayesville

Kingdom Storage Solutions

1410 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd
Andrews

McDaniel Construction

530 Mason Mountian Drive
Franklin

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive
Smithfield

Nicky Overman's Siding-Window

1223 Little River Dr
Elizabeth City

R L WRIGHT CONSTRUCTION

186 Wild Bird Dr
Sylva

Reliable Contracting

626 Mapletown Ln.

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Royal Kin Construction, Inc

5540 West US 64
Murphy

Shamus

909 coweeta lab rd.
Otto

SHERMAN C RUNIONS & ASSOC

3077 US HIGHWAY 64 W
Sapphire

Tanglewood Timber Frames

62 Tanglewood Ln
Franklin

Target Building Solutions LLC

1691 Lydia Perry Rd
Bear Creek

Tarheel Footprints & Transports

306 Farthing St
Boone

THE HOUSE DOCTOR

888 W Old Murphy Rd
Franklin

Wills Paint & Home Repair

1321 Beechwood Dr
Rocky Mount

WNC Fresh Coat Paint, Inc.

33 East Main Street
Franklin
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