Repairing a half done garage

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Posted by: from Burlington
4/26/2012 at 10:46:57 AM

Our garage in a recently bought home (burlington ontario) is a half done mess...

Messures approx. 10 x 10 x 20 long, single car (though to small for my SUV to fit without a lot of patience with one door, window and the fuse box. Sunk in garage under a pair of bedrooms...

I'm looking into getting a new garage door that is insulated to warm the garage and fit better (we've had mice get in from the current door that sits angled)

What I wondering is what sort of cost I'd be looking at to fix up the garage interior...


- gut out the outside wall and back wall (currently with some 70s wood paneling and not insulation)

- build out the frame so we can fully insulate and weatherize those two walls

- patch up and repair the interior wall (which is insulated but has seen its share of age (holes along the bottom of the walls, back is open where piping was pulled into the laundry room inside the basement, etc

- either gut and reinsulate/patch the ceiling (or just repatch)

My main reasons for this job (along with getting the new garage door set up) is to 1.) control temperature and moisture better so that the rooms are better above the garage (freezing in winter, boiling in summer) and 2.) create a tight barrier from the garage to the home interior to block from further rodent attacks.

Any idea of what i'm looking at would be very helpful in budgeting...

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Date/Time4/26/2012 at 7:40:19 PM

For your cold bedrooms, your best avenue is to spray foam the ceiling of the garage (approx. $2000). Having an insulated garage door ( $1200 and up)and walls (approx $2500 with drywall) will help, but not as much as the spray foam.

For the mice, every hole needs to be sealed. They can get in through a hole the size of a quarter. They usually don't chew through drywall once it's sealed, but if you want extra proptection, you can install aluminum sheets behind the drywall on the lower 2 feet.

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Todd in Burlington
Date/Time4/27/2012 at 11:14:46 AM

Thank you James, this helps give me an idea of ballpark cost for when we get to estimating and budgeting

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Date/Time5/1/2012 at 3:24:48 PM

Hi Todd

Sounds like you'd like to update your garage to todays, standards.

I would peg the garage make over and winterproffing, including new insulated door, at $30-40 per sqft, includeds all works, up to priming of the walls, Interior of the garage only, no exterior work allotted.



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