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Need a bigger garage - tear down or add on?

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Posted by: from Mississauga
8/25/2016 at 10:46:24 AM

I live on a corner lot with a small bungalow and a solid brick one and a half detached garage. Would like to have a work shop in a garage, the existing is to small for anything other then a car.

Question which is cheaper to build.

Option 1: Tear down the existing garage and build a new bigger garage with work shop and attach to the house?

Option 2: Add on a work shop to the back of the existing garage and attach to the house?

My lot is big and access is easy.

Thanks to all that respond.

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Ernie from Edj Decorating in Winnipeg
Date/Time8/25/2016 at 12:52:51 PM

With a tear down it would be more expensive, but with an add-on and attach, it would be more convenient.

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Pete from PnG Builders in Chestermere
Date/Time8/25/2016 at 1:57:10 PM

Rather than thinking what is cheaper now, I would suggest think of it as what will add more value down the road. If you ever decide to sell...as a buyer the option to have space to park two cars side by side vs tandem might be more attractive. You might not have to take the whole garage down (move the side wall and garage pad out, new roof system, bigger or second garage door, add windows etc).

Since you are on the corner and if you decide to add the workshop behind the garage, see if the City will allow another driveway access to the garage from the street.

Instead of attaching you could have a sheltered or covered walkway to the garage. Detached garages are better for indoor air quality (exhaust fumes). Attached garage is a little more convenient.

Hope that helps.

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Date/Time8/25/2016 at 2:25:34 PM

Adding a workshop to the existing garage will always be the cheaper option, however you have to look to your long term investment as well for your house, then you decide which option will work better for you.

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