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Old 11-12-2007, 02:09 PM   #1
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Garage: DIY vs Tuffshed vs contractor


I'm still in the dreaming phase of a new garage project, but think we're getting close (4 months?) to really getting something done.

We currently have a one car cindler block garage with a tin roof and cracked up slab. I'd like to demolish (or have it done) the structure and have the old slab/foundation hauled away.

The space is level, and I would assume it will require no additional fill.

A friend of mine is currently collecting bids for a mammoth 4 car garage, and is getting in the neighborhood of $70K-$80K. I plugged in a 34' wide/22' deep size on the quick-quote portion of tuffshed's website (just for comparison's sake) and saw the price less than $30K. Tuffshed apparently includes the slab, and all applicable bits for the structure, albeit not the highest quality sounding stuff.

My question is, why the major discrepancy between GCs and a pre-engineered solution like tuffshed? Granted, I haven't heard specific things about their bids other than the concrete for the driveway is included (about 80' one lane or so), but at more than two times the price of a cookie cutter company? Is a 80' one lane driveway $30K alone?

Other than that, is a cookie cutter outfit more likely to skimp on structural design (2x4 walls instead of 2x6?, no siding other than engineered panels w/paint?)? I'm just curious as to why GCs seem to be radically higher. I've seen three different companies local to me that show similar prices in their garages like this.

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Old 11-12-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Code for garages in some locals require masonary walls, maybe that's why. Maybe some contractors charge whatever they can.
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