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Looking at closing on my first home purchase in the next month, and one of the long-term plans is to add a 30x26 foot 3-car garage on to the house. I know some of you guys have built garages/shops, and I'm just looking for a real rough ball-park figure. My stepdad is a contractor and I've done a little cement and carpentry work myself, so I'll do pretty much all the framing and such myself, so most of the cost will be materials (cement, trusses, 3 walls, and the roof). About how much do you guys think it would cost to get it finished outside, framed inside (sheetrock down the road, just want to get it put up first). I live in eastern Washington state, I think cost of materials are on the average-to-low side. Any guesses? Thanks!
 

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we're both in the same spot it sounds. I just closed on my house about 6 weeks ago. I am planning on building a 36x28 shop, in phased construction. Just for the structure(6x6 and 4x4 posts, roof trusses made from 2x6's, all treated lumber) and metal roof materials, I'm at about $2600+tax. We'll call that phase 1. This does not include any wiring or plumbing, just basic buildng materials. Mine is gonna be 3 bays, but with only 2 walled in, the third will be an open wing to park the daily driver under. To pour the slab for the 2 enclosed bays, I'm looking at about $1k, figuring approx $100/yd for the concrete. I'll call the slab phase 2. I haven't calculated the cost to frame/wall the 2 bays yet, as that will be down the road a bit. Phase 3 will be walling up the slabbed 2 bay area, hanging gargae doors, and doing the electrical. I'm guessing I'll end up with 7-8K in it. I live in Ga. and materials might be alot different where you live.
 

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congrats on the new purchases !!!!! I am looking for a house now. I'm pre approved but haven't found the right house yet ( in my price range). houses are super expensive in the bay area ,CA .so I'm holding out for the diamond in the rough. I remain optimistic. Very exciting though !!!! Good luck with the garage. post some pics when its finished.
 

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Thanks for the info indigo! I think I'll probably end up doing it in phases as well, since I don't really want to take out a big loan to do it all at once. My stepdad is a contractor so I'll probably talk to him some about it as well, I just figured some of you guys have probably gone through this already and would have some ballpark figures.

norcal: Yeah I'm pretty lucky up here, house prices are not bad at all... the town I live in is a little bit of a bubble, in that the town is growing fast and so housing is higher than surrounding towns, but still nowhere near as bad as what I've heard about in California. I've got 'before' pictures, and a photoshopped 'after' pic, so here's an idea of what $183K will get you in eastern Wa:



and the 'Concept' after:


The side of the house that the carport is on is 35 feet from the property line... and city code says you can have as small as a 5ft wide side-yard so I'm gonna be taking all the room I've got
 

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Congratulations! Nothing like your first home. I can't beleive the price (in a good way)!

The true property line might not be where you think. It's not always were the fence is or where the property is divided by landscaping. Known of people getting in trouble for this type of thing and think it's worth mentioning.

Also, how long do you plan to stay in this property? If long term I say do whatever you want to make you happy (your ideas look great). If you think you might be moving in a relatively short period (say you have a two year plan to move out of state) you may want to carefully consider where you spend your money on the property. Wouldn't want you to look back and think the money and time could have brought a lot more return if it were spent on the property in another way. Different things work in different neighborhoods. Just something to think about.

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: 289nate on 4/19/06 2:50pm ]</font>
 

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Nate: I know what you mean about the property line not always being at the fence line. I'll definitely do some measuring before making any permanent plans, but I did see some lines spray painted on the road that looked like they could have been from some recent surveying, and they lined up with the fence almost perfect so I'm thinking it's pretty close to being right on.

I'm planning to stay in the house for a very long time... I've been living here for almost a year now, I really like the job and the area, and it's close to my family, and I like the layout of the house and the yard is fairly large and flat for houses in this area so I can't see any reason to move anywhere in the near future unless I hit the lotto
 

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On 2006-04-19 08:24, Motorhead wrote:
Nate: I know what you mean about the property line not always being at the fence line. I'll definitely do some measuring before making any permanent plans, but I did see some lines spray painted on the road that looked like they could have been from some recent surveying, and they lined up with the fence almost perfect so I'm thinking it's pretty close to being right on.
Bingo! I'd be 99% sure that those marks are from a surveyor. The city surveyor marks the street or sidewalk with spray paint here.

I'm planning to stay in the house for a very long time... I've been living here for almost a year now, I really like the job and the area, and it's close to my family, and I like the layout of the house and the yard is fairly large and flat for houses in this area so I can't see any reason to move anywhere in the near future unless I hit the lotto
You sound like me and my first house. Bought when I was 24 and have no intention of moving after 5 years for many of the same reasons as you.
Sounds like it's time to build that garage!
 
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