FAQs: Costs to build a garage
"What is the average cost nationwide to have a garage built?"
According to Home Advisor, the nationwide average for paying a contractor to build a garage for you is just under $25,000
, although the can be as low as several thousand dollars in specific cases. For more details, scroll down and keep reading. To see a chart of the nationwide price data for garage construction, click HERE
On the low end, imagine building a small, 1-car garage on to the side of the house (an "attached" garage addition). If there is already a suitable foundation (of concrete slab), that saves money and time.
In some cases, there is a porch or carport that already has a roof over the concrete, so building the garage can be almost as simple as just adding one or two full walls, plus framing the front side where the garage door will be installed. So, to build a garage by enclosing a carport or converting a porch can be much faster and cheaper than building a detached garage
where there is not even a foundation or flat terrain.
Total costs can range from well over $10k to as little as a few thousand dollars (rarely). A lot will depend on the size of the garage and the specific materials, like a garage with solid brick walls or masonry blocks will cost a lot more than converting a metal-roofed carport to a very basic garage with metal siding and a metal roof
(although that cheaper option will not be suitable in all climates or circumstances).
On the high end, detached 3-car garages with second-level lofts (barn-style) can cost at least as much as it would to build a guest house addition.To see a chart of several renovations along with the average cost (and average increase of future resale value), including garage additions with building expenses ranging up to $50,000 or even $80,000
, click this link:
"Why is there such a big range in the costs of garage construction?"
After considering the size of the garage (like 1-car, 2-car, RV, etc), the two basic factors in the construction cost will be cost of the materials and the cost of the labor. Of course, the labor costs can be different with different construction companies, unlike the cost of materials.
You may be interested in skimming an article on the minimum costs of materials for construction of a garage
. For a detached one-car garage, material expenses generally start at $8500 (at least). For a detached two-car garage, it will be a few thousand dollars more than that.
Also, conversions of an existing carport in to a newly enclosed garage can cost less than half of that. To request a quote or estimate, click HERE
If price is a major concern for you, let your estimator know
. For some people, the biggest priority is matching the garage to the exact appearance of their home (from the roofing materials down to the lighting accessories). Other people tell us, "I just need it to be legal and functional."
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