Extensive repair to existing OLD garage

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Posted by: from Toronto
8/5/2011 at 12:34:59 PM

We have a very old garage that is larger than we actually need. We would like to have a smaller one-car garage and reclaim more of the backyard.

Can we rebuild a new smaller garage one without a permit?

Is a permit necessary if rebuilding in the same corner of the original garage?

Existing garage has a cobblestone foundation, do we have to put in a different foundation than the existing if rebuilding in the same corner?

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Date/Time8/7/2011 at 11:02:28 AM

Hi Babs,

answers to your questions,

1 you'll need a set of drawings, to apply for a permit for your new smaller garage, 2 somebody will need to go to city hall with a copy of your survey, to review your proposed garage location,

3 the new garage spec, will be to current o.b.c not what you have existing, 4 the only potential problem i foresee is you have a historical property?

we have standard drawings on hand and offer complete build services, please feel free to review our work and contact us at your leisure,


joe quartarone

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Date/Time8/8/2011 at 6:31:03 PM

Given that your proposed new garage will be smaller, then it can not possibly sit on the old foundation. As much as we try to save and utlize existing materials, structural etc, in the end it is perhaps best to start fresh and build from new. For example, older garages were not typically build with a 4' foundation while some had wood framing on grade. As Joe said, you will require drawings and a permit application that will allow you to demolish existing and build new.


KIngsway Construction Inc

Glenn Rosborough

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