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what size garage to build ??? 24' x 30' ?

Just bought my first home! and now I need a garage, but would like some advice on what size I should go. My lot should accept just about any reasonable size but my budget can't get carried away. I would like permanent storage for the Chevelle with room to work on it without shifting it around and repositioning it in the garage every time, with a clear spot that I can easily drive it in and out of, I would also like room for another car to be pulled in a worked on, again without shifting averything around inside. Would like to have a decent work bench, couple cabinets, set of drawrs for tools, a fridge, room for a snowmachine, motorcycle, snowblower and still not feel as though I am tripping over myself. I was hoping that a 24' wide x 30' deep should do, one 16' door, one man door and two windows. Opinions welcome - again budget is a limitation. thanks.

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check the search on this subject. Lots of info out there.

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figure out how big you think you're gonna need - then double it

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The biggest you can afford..
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We are about to finish up a new 30 x 40 x 12. It will suit for the time being, but nothing is moved in and it's already not enough.

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Don't forget to figure height too. I have a 9 foot walls and wish it was taller to fit a lift. I did'nt think I would get one but now I can't because of the height. I have a 24x32 and it is a little small for an extra car with the chevelle apart.

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I built a 30 X 60 for a guy and hes got his Prevost ( RV ) a 69 Impala convert, 29 T bucket on a lift, His 49 Merc and an Escalade in there. Its tight but he's still got a 4 pc bathroom, compressor, and a nice workshop to boot. The height is 16' to finished ceiling which allowed us to put in a mezzanine for storage and deep cell parabolic fluorescent light fixtures.........

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I built mine 24x26 and wish it were bigger. No matter how big you built it, it will end up being too small. One thing I did that I'm glad of is using a coiling roll up door instead of a typical garage door.
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Everyone that responded to your post has lived through this and speaks from experience. You cannot build them to big; you will always want more space. However, like a lot of us you run out of money first.

You live in Canada? Gets cool there for about six months out of the year, so a large part of your cost will involve being able to heat the space. Think about two x six or even two x eight-inch walls and then insulate as much as you can. Most construction here Minnesota uses truss for the overhead, cost of going to a vaulted ceiling is minimal and adds a lot of openness, and allows for ceiling fans, these help a lot with the heating, a vaulted ceiling also improves lighting. Speaking of heating put it in the floor.

Electrical, important you cannot have to much of this, lighting, outlets (20 amp min), 220V compressor, welding, heat and A/C.

Most important place and build the garage so you can add on to it when funds allow.

Build a shed to put all the other stuff into, the blower, snow machine, lawnmower and all that other stuff take up a lot of floor space and collect a lot of dust.

Easy for me to sit here and spend your money however, I learned my lesson the hard way.
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For what you are describing, I'd build it wider and have two 12' doors. And just go ahead and get the taller ceilings!

What you have would be good for restoring one chevelle and having some clutter (bikes, snow blower, etc). But, that idea of parking another car in there with ease shoots those dimensions to **** in my opinion. It becomes a no brainer that you'll need something wider, or deeper.

Most people will quote you an estimate for free. That will get you a ballpark. Also consider a metal building. That might be harder to insulate though... not sure.

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Re: what size garage to build ??? 24' x 30' ?

I built a 24x30 about 3 years ago, like everyone said, it's not big enough now. But I'm happy with it. I can have 2 cars in there and room to work around them. I have a workbench on the back wall and a full size fridge and my toolboxes, also a small bathroom and wash tub. I put central heat and air in it after insulating and finishing the walls. Its not fancy but comfortable to work in and hang out. Build a small shed for the snow machine and other things. Its not a show place like a lot of these guys have but it is a working garage, I do paint and body work in it. I have about $25000 in it.
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I'll post some pics of our new one tomorrow when I get home to give you an idea of 30 x 40 x 12. I'd do it now, but it's kinda dark out and the electric is not in it yet.

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Re: what size garage to build ??? 24' x 30' ?

2 cars with room to work on one and store other stuff. 24 deep minimum, 40 width. one entry door, 2 - 9 or 10 wide overhead doors. no windows, they are only good for thieves.

I left a 24X40 which I restored and built a lot of cars in over 25 years. I could park one car and have room for a ground up on the other car plus room for equipment and tools. When not in a big project, I had a decent work area, room for two parked cars and a 12' wide stall for the lawn tractor, small trailer and all the lumber, steel and junk guys like us hoard.

I built a "garage" as I wanted to keep neighbors happy. If possible, save money and build a pole barn. for the same money, you might be able to go 26 deep (much better) and 40 wide. Three overhead doors and no windows. Space the overheads a couple feet apart and not just 12 inches or so.

Don't close off the rest of your yard by building at the side of the house or in such a way as you have no way to use more of your yard for future expansion. think about expansion now and plan for it. If you are planning to stay where you are, slow down if you have to, to build what will make you happy in 20 years! Don't scrimp on electric and lights, either.

I have been down this road 3 times and am now trying to buy some land next to me to do a 24X40 pole building.
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Re: what size garage to build ??? 24' x 30' ?

30X30 with 10 foot walls minimum- but 12 is nice if you should ever get a lift.
if money is an issue, build a basic uninsulated shell at first, then add insulation as money allows. over the course of a few seasons, you can have yourself the warm cozy work environment you've always dreamt of.
but you will quickly run out of room no matter how big you build it- car stuff is like air in that it expands to fit the space it's in.

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