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Old 02-21-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hi folks,

I want to plan and budget for a new two car garage in the future. I have no idea of the cost or what design (attached or detached; loft area or not) I'd like aside from it being a two car with enough space for a workshop/storage.

Would it be a waste of my time to gather quotes now?

Thanks for any opinions.

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You should have a budget in mind.
Gathering quotes will help you refine your plans.

You'll start with a Cadillac of a garage/workshop/gabled roof with storage/attached to your lovely home.

As you see the prices roll in, you'll keep your 'to have ideas' and the frivolous ones will be discarded.

One thing I will advise you on....and listen carefully....

Make a wish list
Draw a floor plan to the best of your abilities
Include only critical dimensions for Design Intent (i.e.) 24x24 garage, 12'x24' workshop, etc
You don't need to bog this down with a hundred detail dimensions.
Have some photos of garage/workshops that YOU want it to look like.

When you have ALL this put together make several copies and give each contractor one to give you a quote.

If you do not do this, you will get 3 guys that will design 3 different garage/workshop ideas and you won't have ANY idea if one is higher or lower than the other.

That is how I like to see it done.
But that's just me as a contractor/home owner

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Stop by your local building authority; it is very possible that they have a sheet that they will give you, listing criteria such as setback, height, etc., as well as other information that you will need as you proceed.

In regard to plans, visit your local lumber yard. A lot of them have plans available, which you can then revise to meet your specific needs.
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Thanks guys. You both provided some very good information.
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Thanks guys. You both provided some very good information.
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I say ....keep us posted and best of luck
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