Two Car Garage with Second Level

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Posted by: from Truro
10/7/2012 at 10:32:59 PM

Currently we have a bungalow but we want to build an attached garage (two car possibly) with a second level for a master bedroom (bathroom and walk in closets included). We want to create a stairway from the house to the upper level of the garage making it part of the main house. Not sure how complicated this would be.

Does anyone have any idea how much this would cost? If it's too much, then perhaps we could have someone do the shell of the garage and my husband could do the other stuff. I would love to know. Is it complicated and even possible to bring the heating (oil/wood) and plumbing into the upper level of the garage?

So many questions. I leave it at that for now. Any info. would be greatly appreciated.



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Date/Time10/8/2012 at 7:35:56 AM


Yes, it is quiet possible to build as you require.

Thank you

Steve/ Dave

Esquire Homes Inc.

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Andrew from AMB Construction in Vaughan
Date/Time10/8/2012 at 11:13:45 AM

Dear Taz

Of course it is possible. According of my experience (28 years including 18 years European) it is quite simple but everything depend from the budget what you planning to arrange. Even I suggest you involve some upgrade some details in your house in the same time just by the way. Everything depend from situation and budget.

Always for my clients I try to explain: firstly I have to check and learn your house with my architect, secondly elaborate with you the best option according your taste, habits, expectations. Once again checked what we can do with budget and if everything will be working- start to renovate.

My European experience suggest me to offer you some new solution like heated floor, upgrade your thermal insulation around house, add wood burning fireplace and many other modern solution which going to impact on improving your house.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Butylkin

AMB Construction

4800 Highway 7 unit #10

L4L 1H8 Woodbridge Vaughan ON

T(office) 416 800 2180

T(cell) 647 833 1775

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Date/Time10/8/2012 at 11:36:42 AM

Well Taz,

Regardless of what any other posts are, there is no honest or even semi accurate way of giving you a price without seeing the existing property and sitting down and discussing what you want.

Electrical is never a problem. even if we have to change the box or the feed into the house. Heating and plumbing issues are a complete question mark until we can take a good look at the existing. There is always a way to build stairs or an addition. But the spot we can come off the existing structure may effect the ultimate price in a very large way.

There are so many details envolved that a site unseen "ballpark" will be very inacurate. Sorry, but this is just the truth.

Get some people whom have been in the business for a long while to drop by and have a look.


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Jeff from Newson Interiors in Dunrobin
Date/Time10/8/2012 at 2:03:23 PM

Hi Taz,

Before you get seriously involved in working out details, you need to hire an architect. They will work with you to design your project, research what is allowed in your area regarding building codes, bylaws and zoning etc. Once this process is complete then you can begin to look for a contractor.

It's not realistic to think any contractor can give you any valuable advice or an accurate estimate without the plans and specs. Sounds like a great project, just do your homework first. Once the plans are available you will be sure your contractors will all be bidding the same materials and labour. (apples to apples).

I realize this may seem expensive, but it will save you in the long run. I know I prefer to have a plan or design available, its much easier to accurately qoute, and I know all others are quoting the same thing.

Hope this helps.

Jeff Newson,


Newson Interiors

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WWConstruction in Ajax
Date/Time10/8/2012 at 5:25:19 PM

Hi Taz,

To know exactly what you want and what needs to be done, the property would need to be looked at in order to give you a proper estimate.

There are a few things to put into consideration in orderr to determine the costs and if it could be done.


Winston Walker


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