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Garage dilemma

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Hi Guru!

(hope I'm putting this in the right spot)

We need a garage for our home. Since we are in MN- we have these lovely things called "snow emergencies" where the city will ticket and tow your vehicle if it is parked on the street when they need to plow. As snow emergencies happen quite frequently during the winter months, we need a place off the street to park the 3 vehicles which will be at our home. Because temps can go below zero in mid-winter, we'd prefer to have an enclosed garage to keep the vehicles safe and make them easier to start.

Luckily, our yard is a very nice sized suburb lot- probably 1/3 of an acre. There is absolutely no designated parking area in the yard right now- not so much as a little gravel spot. It is all lawn, trees and gardens. There is a back alley that we can build a garage off of, if we clear a spot in the lawn for one.

So- here is my question. What is the most budget friendly way to get a garage on the property? Is it cheaper to buy a steel building kit or build a wood framed building? Do you have any ideas? Please help- I'm stymied, and we need it up before winter. Thanks!

Karen Smile
Well the concrete foundation will cost the same either way you go. The steel materials prob will be the same as wood. The labor for steel should be less because it goes up much quicker than using wood with siding, and roofing. Give one of those steel building companies in your area to see how much they cost on your foundation. If there is an 84 Lumber around you, they have kits with all the lumber needed for various garage sizes. Maybe they will have what your looking for!
Thanks Guru! We just can't find a cheap way around this I'm afraid! We'll probably end up having the concrete poured in the autumn, so we can park off the street, and just scrape ice and brush snow all winter! Confused Ah well!

Karen Smile
I actually built a garage on an old foundation that was put in by the homeowner (who hired the concrete contractor) 7 years prior. There was a building permit for the original garage, but because it was never built after the concrete work it had expired, I had to get a new building permit. But the setback laws had changed since, and I had to get a variance (special permit approved at a town meeting) to be able to build!! Very Happy
But all turned out well in the end.

The homeowner had been parking on the concrete garage floor for all those years.

Make sure you build it to whatever building codes are needed for the complete garage (if you plan to put one there in the future) and have it inspected by the building inspector as needed.


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