24x24 Garage build

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Posted by: from Airdrie
6/13/2012 at 10:04:57 PM

I have just paid 7500 for a slab and a two foot pony wall as well, did I overpay? It is an eight inch thick wall and 4 inch slab dura mix, with relief cuts.

Also what should I pay a contractor to frame and sheet my garage noted above with storage trusses and a cut out for the ladder and a set of steps for the pony wall to the door?

Anyway an answer would be very appreaciated.

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Date/Time6/13/2012 at 11:11:11 PM

Hi Paul, Weird question considering that you have already paid. I assume that you got competitive bids from a number of foundation contractors. You supplied the specs you were looking for and made sure all of the quotes were apples to apples. The guy you selected charged you $7500.00 and now you are asking if you overpaid. I would say no as you made the decision to hire him and knew the price going in.

With regards to framing the garage, you should do the same thing - put the requirements in the "post your project" section so you can get some local carpenters to give you a quote.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Date/Time6/13/2012 at 11:15:31 PM

$7500 seems a little high. I would charge $5000-$6000 for a simple job like that.

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Edward from Draesel Construction in Calgary
Date/Time6/13/2012 at 11:18:25 PM

$7500 is a pretty good price for a concrete slab in Calgary area. Normally, I have seen $10,000 for a slab that you have described.

As for the framing, You can get a good framer to do it for $2300 or an okay one will do the framing for $1300. I would take somewhere in between if I were you.

I hope this helps

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Date/Time6/13/2012 at 11:31:38 PM

Hi there,

We are actually building this exact garage, in the east york area, your welcome to come and inspect.


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Date/Time6/13/2012 at 11:37:41 PM


For the framing portion of your question and based on the information you provided $7.0-$8.0 for framing labor per square foot should be the base point to be consider for your framing budget.


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Date/Time6/14/2012 at 12:10:18 AM

This is a good price for a slab with curb, my concrete guy would charge similar and I would hope the contractor you selected did a good job. The price of a garage package should be around the same kind of price and then around $5000 for labour.

As a rule the total cost including concrete, material and labour shoul be around $20000, which is also the kind of increase to you property value.

I wish you luck carrying on with this project

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Ramandeep from Fat Boy Renovation in Regina
Date/Time6/14/2012 at 12:53:32 AM

No i dont think so it was ok prize and about the frame it be any where from 2600 to 3500.

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Date/Time6/14/2012 at 9:49:55 AM

The framing in my neck of the woods would cost $6/sq ft. So you would be looking at approximately $3000-$3500 just in labour. And $30 per riser for the stairs. That does not include material.

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Sanjay from Jay's Construction in London
Date/Time6/14/2012 at 10:20:08 AM

Yes, it seems that you have over paid. But we never know, that could be the cost. Because their is lots of facts that can effect the cost.

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Date/Time6/14/2012 at 1:24:41 PM

Hi Paul,

The ideal proposal for such project is to get different quotes and based on the contractors qualifications, experience, references and prices you could choose the right candidate!

Wish a good luck and you should be happy whatever happened as long as you are satisfied with the work done!


Mike Messiha, P. Eng.

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Date/Time6/14/2012 at 6:54:21 PM

The $7500 sounds about right, depending on the pad size and what else was done (grading, gravel base, tamping, etc.)

As to framing, it depends again on the size, height, and whether it is a package or stick built. A framing job should include everything from the ground up ... with the walls sheathed and the roof sheathing on.

From that point on it is optional whether you want the siding, roofing, inside drywall, insulation, electrical, plumbing, gas, etc. A ball park figure would be cost of material and times that by two for labour. It varies quite a bit but this will provide you with a basic idea of what to expext.

Good luck,


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Paul in Airdrie
Date/Time6/14/2012 at 7:15:06 PM

Thank you all for your help and information

Just to clarify ..the pad that was poured was a 24x24 pad with 5" of gravel he needed two trucks to haul away the extra dirt , they did it in one pour using duramix , as well a 2' concrete pony wall as well , the put a 5" grade and two relif cut's plus it included the apron as well .. i am happy with the work they did i mean iti s alway's cheaper to do it yourself but time is a factor for me as well as knowldge and skill , so i want the foundation and framing done right this way i know i have a sold quality starting point for all of the other stuff!!

Again thank you all.

And for the record i had five quotes on this job and none was a s cheap as this guy of my quotes was over 11 thousand dollars ..the closest to this guy was 8200 i in this case went with the cheapest and i think i did good he was open and honest and kept me informed !!

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Boris from Enchant Management in Calgary
Date/Time6/16/2012 at 4:33:57 PM

You did not over pay for the concrete work

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Patricia in Calgary
Date/Time2/21/2013 at 1:51:22 PM

Hi Paul,

Mind sharing the name of the contractor you used?

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Ernie in Adkins
Date/Time5/11/2017 at 6:58:30 PM

Well, depending on where you are I think you way over paid. I am just finishing up with my 3rd slab. I did one for the new entry patio, a rear extension for my double enclosed patio and now just finishing with a 24 by 32' slab for my two tractors. Total labor is $2,856 and we had to take out two giant oaks (about 5hrs. labor). That includes 35 loads of sand (I supplied tractor and sand), they graded it. I paid $300 for rebar for the edges and corners and in that price was 5, 8' by 20' heavy panels of wire and a box of 16 penny double headed nails. Just ordered 10 + yards of 4000psi cement. + meaning if I need more they have to bring it. I when digging the footings they ran into some big roots from the oaks we took out. This man has done concrete for 30 years. Total labor? $2,856. Total materials? $1425 Total job: $4,281 That includes putting vapor barrier on sand and curing compound and cut outs. I paid $50 for vapor barrier also. If your in or near San Antonio I can get you the same deal. I will post pictures when it is done. If your doing bulldozers then it is recommended 6" depth. Now, I know nothing about pony walls or costs.

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