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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 Franklin

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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 & 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

Divine Designs, Inc.

Snow Crest trl
Chapel Hill

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

Honest Reliable BOB

17 Tanasi Landing Place
Franklin

Houseplan Designworks

103 S Main St
Stanley

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

Kephart Constrution Company

655 Ebenezer Road
Murphy

Kingdom Storage Solutions

1410 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd
Andrews

Matthew Johnson construction

Sparta North Carolina
Sparta

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

Paragon Building Group, Inc.

829 Purser Drive
Raleigh

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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