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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2013

How much would it cost to add a one car garage?

Planning to buy a ranch which sits on a slab foundation ( no basement). The original garage has been converted into a laundry/utility room with heating/cooling/plumbing. We thought about converting it back into garage but decided to keep it as a room as it has heating/cooling/plumbing.

There is a lot of space surrounding the home, so space is not a question. It is located in central new jersey.
There is a door entering the utility room from outside, hence we could build a garage next to it which removes the need of adding a door from garage to enter inside house.

What would be the approximate cost to add a one car garage? The house has vinyl siding and roof is asphalt shingle.

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Ballpark number - $30-50/SF for normal garage - in your area, considering need for perimeter foundation to get below frost depth, probably about $40/SF unfinished, $50 finished.

In your area, if you can afford it, I would talk to a Realtor friend (or the one who sold you the house) about how much value a garage would add, and the difference between one and two car - very few houses are built with one cars these days except on narrow city lots, so it might pay (if your budget can handle it) to make it a two-car while you are at it.

Also, a standard 1 car is about 12 x 20 feet - if you make it large enough for a full size pickup or SUV then about 12 x 24 or 12 x 26', which could improve resale value. The current trend is toward 8 to 8-1/2' ceilings and 7-1/2 to 8 foot high entry clearances also, rather than 7 to 7-1/2' ceiling and 6-1/2 foot beam clearance, to handle larger pickups and SUV's with racks.

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