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New vs Repaired Garage

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by lsocoee, Mar 2, 2009.

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Repair or replace?

  1. Repair the garage

    54.5%
  2. Replace the garage

    45.5%
  1. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    What are your thoughts? I'm skeptical to put any money into a garage that has a bad foundation, but if I were to tear it down, I would end up having a lot of expenses. I'll post up some pictures when I get home.

    Current Garage Pros:
    1500 S.F.
    2 Stories
    Relatively Cheap to repair
    Already has gas, electric, cable, water, internet

    Current Garage Negatives:
    Some termite damage
    Some Water Rot
    Needs new roof and roof decking
    1 wall is leaning outward
    Foundation is cracked
    Garage door does not function
    1 wall needs new siding
    Exterior needs to be painted
    Washer and Dryer are in here and the garage is detached

    New Garage Pros:
    Weather/Critter Tight
    Could provide attached washer/dryer to house
    Could park a car in garage

    New Garage Cons:
    Expensive
    Much Smaller
    Demolition might kill Live Oak Tree
     
  2. 40204ever

    40204ever Well-Known Member

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    Fix the old one. Unless you have the money and time to start over. You can repair alot for what a 1/3 of a new one would cost.
     
  3. WoadWunner

    WoadWunner Well-Known Member

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    I hate to kill good trees when I could do the fix up cheaper
     
  4. mjp2

    mjp2 The Lost Mod of Akalabeth Staff Member

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    Need pics, especially of the foundation damage.

    Based on the leaning wall I'd bet the the roof is sagging. Jack up the roof center beam to straighten it and the wall will likely straighten too. Add some supports and you're set.
     
  5. tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell o Staff Member

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    i say go for the reapir if the foundation isnt that bad damaged. you may be able to fix the foundation pretty cheap if you look into it and the damage isnt too bad.
     
  6. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    First, I'll have to uncover the floor...some jerk filled up the garage with a bunch of crap. :rolleyes:

    But I'll get some pictures.

    Yes, the roof is sagging. I was thinking about jacking up the roof and then coming back in with a come-a-long to pull the leaning wall in. Then I would add in some bracing to hold the rafters together.
     
  7. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    be sure to wear some sort of locating beacon so they can find the body under all the rubble....
     
  8. eordonez

    eordonez Living vicariously through mjp2

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    You can always say all those flaws are part of the design...
     
  9. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    that's what I do when I start a design. :D
     
  10. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    I don't plan on using your help for this, so I think I might be OK.
     
  11. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    *....walking tward phone to cancel plane tickets....head down.....*



    Oh....:(
     
  12. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    well, if you already have the plane tickets...
     
  13. spaghettiedy

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    This would be a hard decision. First, how long are you planning on living there? If a couple years, just fix it. If 5 or more, I would build another one. You can always roll the costs into a home equity loan, or refinance your house. Rates are pretty good right now.

    It's sooooo nice to be able to park your truck inside a garage. Soooooo nice... You can work on it inside, wax it inside, f in it inside, and the list goes on and on.
     
  14. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    the foundation is pretty much crap. I think it is a chain wall with a floating center. The chain wall has settled about 1.5" lower than the floating center. There are cracks all over the center. The only place for the car has also settled about 1".
     
  15. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    All the things you said are true, but I'm very wary about digging ourselves into a deep hole to have the convenience of an attached/functional garage.

    I'm starting to think that having a garage and a separate workshop might be the way to go.
     
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    My good buddy's parents have that setup, and it's awesome. Park in the attached garage, and party ah I mean "work on the truck" in the other garage. Good call.
     
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    How's the layout? Would it be easy to build a breezeway between the house and garage to at least keep you out of the rain as you walk between the two?
     
  18. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    I could do a breezeway, but I won't. It would be way too difficult to do on the layout.
     
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    send some drawings to me, i might be able to do something for ya....
     
  20. lsocoee

    lsocoee [OP] My hair is all natural Staff Member

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    uh oh, Ed has a lot of idle time on his hands???
     
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