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Old 10-24-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Need Help With Materials For a 20x30 Garage

I need help with a material list for a 20X30 and a 20x20 garage. I need just a simple building with no floor to store my tractor. I have priced metal buildings but I would also like to get material list for a wood garage. Thanks for any help.


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Old 10-24-2008, 11:22 PM   #2
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Not knowing your plan in detail, guess i would start with something like this...

Sonet tubes for your posts/columns
2x's for your walls, presser treated for anything close to the ground.
2x's for your rafters
Wall sheathing
Roof sheating


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Old 10-24-2008, 11:37 PM   #3
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This question is waaay too general. Doing an accurate materials takeoff takes quite a bit of time and knowing the exact construction methods and details of the structure is extremely critical. Doing an accurate takeoff requires a very good understanding of framing methods in order to yeild a list of materials that will actually build the building...I was a lumber salesman for years and did thousands of takeoffs. Many, if not most people can't do an accurate takeoff that won't require extra trips to the lumberyard for more material or large quantities of excess materials.

My suggestion is to ask the lumberyard that will be supplying your material to do a material takeoff for you. Some have computer programs that will get you in the ballpark.

You need a design, otherwise it is a shot in the dark.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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As stated, if you have a design or plan (step #2), most Lumber companies provide a take-off service (Materials calculation) - (This is step #3). Plan on paying for both the plans and the service.

Step #1 - Would be determining, if you can get city/town/county approval for the project. If so, then, also, there is the determination of all the additional costs involved (Permits & other requirements).
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