Garage cost

M1 Master Gunner

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Feb 13, 2020
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Laurens, Iowa
In 2019 I stick built a 24’x24’x8’ garage with a single 7’x9’ door and vinyl siding for $15000. The concrete slab cost $2500 poured by a contractor. The local hometown lumber yard supplied all the materials and the local electrician buried the power line.
The building was erected by wife, a couple of neighbors and myself.
I am sure glad that we built it then and not today.
 

Gary S

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Apr 14, 1999
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Bismarck, North Dakota
Right now is probably a bad time to be building anything due to high lumber costs. I built a 18x24x8 garage back in 1992, and a 24x48x10 garage in 2004. Compared to today's prices, they both were ridiculously cheap, too cheap to mention. I don't have any idea what those buildings would cost today.

I did some comparison pricing a month or so ago for just the electrical work in my 24x48 garage and compared to 2004, the same wiring would be 5-6 times today what I spent back then.
 

Bandit723

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Oct 1, 2016
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Waupaca WI
Might be a good time to lock in and buy from the "R" sure you will have to wait a while before you get your materials. The "R" is only worth a penny against the dollar. Sure my broker is trying to figure out how to make money off of that.
 

twestrup

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camaro lover

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Owen Sound, Ont, Canada
Up here in Canada, a co-worker had a 2 car with in floor heat built last year and paid $100,000 for it. A friend of mine just called around for quotes for a 2 car and it was close to 150,000. Crazy prices
 

aviator2007

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Oct 1, 2020
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Denver
I cannot see how anything can get built anywhere in this country using conventional construction materials for $100 sqft. I can't even get the materials to finish the last 500 sqft of my basement for under $5500. Like it has been mentioned costs are out of control. The positive side is building material typically will come back in cost quite a bit but the question is that 3 months from now or two years? Just my two cents worth. Best of luck for whenever you move forward!
 

danbrennan

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Brighton, MI
I built my 30' x 60' pole barn for about $30K in 2009. Including concrete slab, shingles, vinyl siding, garage doors. No electric, I did that myself.

A co-worker told me yesterday he was quoted $200/sq ft for an addition. Wood prices are out of sight, and labor is very difficult to find, I've also heard from my builder stepson in Tennessee.
 

oPh

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Jan 21, 2022
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Sealed up w/o interior electric wiring run (did everything but the panel myself) spent right around 57K on putting up my engineered red iron steel garage. I did not go with a local high overhead metal building bunch, instead subbed out the erection. Building is a custom, has a slight L shape to it, right under 2900 sq ft. Did all the site prep & dirt work myself. Helped set forms, tie the rod, & pour 77 yds of concrete.
That is coming up on 5 years ago. Locally concrete has risen 30-35 % since, red iron beams, Z purlins, & R panels even more. Not sure how much on the big insulated doors & all the big rolls of insulation. That said, have seen MUCH higher price increases in wood products, 2x’s, 4x8 sheets, absolutely ridiculous. Having performed a lot of remodeling & exterior work in some very snooty areas, I’d investigate to the T what restrictions there are from the HOA standpoint. If a steel roof is allowed, a quality steel building with the right amount of masonry could easily be more cost effective, be very attractive & not have the long term maintenance issues of a stick built wood & siding garage.
 

mallard

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Oct 3, 2013
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SK, Canada
Right now is probably a bad time to be building anything due to high lumber costs. I built a 18x24x8 garage back in 1992, and a 24x48x10 garage in 2004. Compared to today's prices, they both were ridiculously cheap, too cheap to mention. I don't have any idea what those buildings would cost today.

I did some comparison pricing a month or so ago for just the electrical work in my 24x48 garage and compared to 2004, the same wiring would be 5-6 times today what I spent back then.
My second garage is 24x30x9 so I’m a little jealous 👍
 

Smokin'Joe

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Aug 14, 2008
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Texas
Not that this helps the OP in any way, but my neighbor had his slab poured a few months ago and the builder was set to finish his 26'x36' shop. Fast forward 2 months and the builder has now backed out of completing the shop due to the high cost of materials. Seems the material shortage and costs have really put a hurt on a lot of things.

Also as oPh mentioned, these days, it may be cheaper ( or at least similar in cost ) to do an engineered steel building with masonry on the front. We don't have HOA here, but my city recently implemented new mandates that any new detached garages need to have brick/stone that appear similar to the house, but only on the street facing side.


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