Not even an interior wall? Hmm! It would depend on how handy you are with
I would sub out the foundation at least. That is the most critical to get
right and most expensive to re-do.
I subbed out most of the framing, too, just to avoid researching how to do
every &%#@ thing. But it is not hard, and in my youth I would have tackled
it. With the shell done, I painted and roofed, then did the inside.
I agree with you about letting a door company do that job.
I would draw up plans in as much detail as I could stand, to work out the
little gotcha's on paper.
Good luck. It sounds like a great future shop.
From: ext Rex Burkheimer - WM [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
We are about to buy a house with no garage (which goes against my basic
So Job 1 will be "Add garage.
It currently has a 2-car carport on a slightly oversize concrete pad. I
wish to extend the pad to accommodate a 4-car garage.
I have never so much as added an interior wall, but I am toying with the
idea of building this myself.
It would be regular 2x4 framing, pitched roof with purchased trusses. I
would have a door company do the 2 rollup doors. There would be a single
personal door plus windows on the back wall.
How would you rate this as a beginner's project?
Any pitfalls to avoid?
Suggested alternate construction? I would do metal pre-fab except I want it
to match the house.
I like Cinder block, but trying to build a wall with blocks and mortar
scares the heck out of me.
Anywhere I can get ready-made plans and perhaps step-by-step instructions?
Can one buy walls pre-built to my specs?
What parts should I sub out?
any suggestions much appreciated.
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