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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.


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.


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.


Garage Builders in Blair, NE

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4E Eco Design

312 South 68th St

Abell Contracting. LLC

5651 Grant Street

American Heritage Restoration LLC

14301 First Nation Bank Pkwy NE

Anointed Power

3920 s. 16th str.

Arnold Enterprises LLC

4700 Lakeland Dr

Astro Buildings

1109 South 19th Street, Suite A

ayars enterprises

9191 Ogden St

Beyond Dreams Construction LLC

14301 FNB Parkway

Big Blue Construction

2330 keystone dr suite 101

Bold Renovations

1383 E 2nd St

Camenzind Homes

10406 State St.

Chase Electric

15613 redwood st

Cleary Building - Fremont

220 Sheryl Ave

Corrado Construction

1605 S 94th St

Cory Jensen Construction

Po Box 299

D&R House Restoration

8506 Kauai Dr

Dethlefs Homes, Inc.

16306 Elm St

DW Contracting

PO Box 641622

Fine Line Construction

10338 Newport Avenue

GoodeGuy Construction

PO Box 6817

Goslin Contracting

6116 Militarty Ave


P.O. Box 305

Handyman Remodeling

22615 Fairview Rd

Hanigan Construction, LLC

16922 Grand Ave

Heartland Foundations

21305 McClellan cir

Hegemann Construction

3480 north county road 20ave

HRB Construction Inc.

14621 Grover Street

J&M Contractors

1135 N. H St.

J.G. Construction

5357 N 152nd St

JC Construction

418 n. 4th St.

Jw Builders Inc

8816 Monroe St

KC Construction

5634 S 22nd St

KD Construction

1714 N 206th st

Lasting Improvements

5062 S 107th St

Lyda Construction LLC

5549 Mason St

MDanekas Deck Pros 2

2348 South 35th St.

Moss Construct

9317 corby st

myer construction

1306 n. 160th st.

On-Site Property Renovations

4803 s 54th street

Pinnacle Builders

129 North 38th Avenue

Precision Enterprises Inc

13951 Valley Ridge Drive

Premier Exteriors

4780 South 131st St

Quality Remodeling

1414 Beaver Lake Blvd

rbilt services

15119 Rock Bluff Ave

RWE Home Remodeling

8536 Western Ave


20380 Buffalo Rd

Stanger Enterprises

13520 Giles Road, Suite E

Steve Andersen Electrical Contractors, Inc.

4850 South 137th Street

Steve Morford Construction

4101 N 142ND AVE

Stewart Enterprises Inc.

2895 Pheasant Dr

Straightline Design, Inc.

3925 So. 147th Street

Sun Roofing

1883 N Silverspring Dr

Takoda Green Roofing Inc

2905 N. Street

The Loveland Company

415 South 217th St

Todd of All Trades

6006 S 149th St.



Werts Contruction

14718 V Plaza

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