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I have it in my head that I want to add a garage to our house. I plan on doing most of it my self and out sourcing the things that I cant or don't want to do. Does anyone know of a good resource for planning, and estimating the cost of such a project? I am kinda looking for a good place to start with the planning. I know what I want just want to figure out how much its going to cost me. Thanks!




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Your building centre has garage plans, not expensive. That's how I started...

Of course, you realize....it won't be large enough.
 

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Yeah I was going to go by Lowes and see what they had. Guess what I am trying to find is something that will help me with how many 2x4's, sheets of plywood and so on I will need and put a cost with it. I have looked on line some with no luck. Thought maybe some one had see something that may help me.
 

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Standard studs are at 16 in centres, roof trusses are at 24 in, need 2-2x10s as headers above garage doors ...............at least the building codes around here say that.

Get a pencil and paper, you should be able to figure out how many it takes. Same with the plywood, shingles, siding etc.

Just basic math.
 

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pencil, paper, MATH!? BLAH! I want something to do it for me! lol. Yeah guess your right Ill just make a spread sheet and figure out what I need then go and price everything. But if someone knows of anything that will help let me know. thanks Poncho!


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most larger building centers can design a building plan depending on what size you want and they can also give you a material list.

don't suppose you'd be interested in building it in my yard, eh?

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I was just on the phone with the city asking about permits, inspections, and plans that have to be submited, ect. Geeze! What a pain. Makes me wish I lived out in the country.
 

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I was just on the phone with the city asking about permits, inspections, and plans that have to be submited, ect. Geeze! What a pain. Makes me wish I lived out in the country.
I figgured mine the old fashioned way. Always figgure long for waste, cut offs, etc, on materials cuz' it always seems to take more than you plan.
 

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I figgured mine the old fashioned way. Always figgure long for waste, cut offs, etc, on materials cuz' it always seems to take more than you plan.

And with whatever is left over, you will need to build work benches etc.
 

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If you buy a set of building plans from a building center, they should have a list of materials included. I don't know how things are where you are at, but here, you have to have a set of very detailed plans to get a permit.
Here in small town Illinois all I had to do was draw a footprint of the structure and pay the permit. built it myself including plumbing, heat, elect.
 

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Our Menard's store has a touch screen computer that you can put your dimensions and options (doors, windows) into and it spits out a complete bill of materials and a plan.

The guys behind the counter can call up your estimate and price it for you too.

Good luck with it. That's how I did mine and it was really worth all the effort. It took me 3 weekends to get it built, wrapped and roofed (with help from friends of course). It took the rest of the winter to wire, insulate and sheetrock. Yeah, winter. That part really sucked but it was still worth it. Took me another year to get it sided but that was mostly because I was working inside it and wasn't too motivated to side it :)

Mine's 28 x 40 with 10' side walls. One 16' door and one 9', both 8' tall and 3 vinyl windows. The siding was cement board which is another reason it took awhile. It came in at $13k total (everything including heat) and that was about 2 years ago. I've been meaning to post some pics in the Be Proud thread. I'll have to get around to that.

Later....

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Go to 84 Lumber, get free plans (if you buy from them), I was quoted 4500 for a 24x32 complete build yourself garage, just have to get the foundation poured. it comes with all the wood, doors, and roofing supplies.
 
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