Need more garage space...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by onelegjohn, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. onelegjohn

    onelegjohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Running out of room. Anyone ever put an addition on an existing garage? How much am I looking at if I put up a simple 4 bay garage - just for my equipment?
  2. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    What size property do you have? Are there any zoning issues?? You may want to check into a pole barn building. They're very economical.
  3. onelegjohn

    onelegjohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I have a rental property in a residential area.... It has a very deep lot - about an acre. What zoning and permits will I need to deal with and would it be more economical to buy a different properety?
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    You just said a residential neighborhood - & you want to put up a 4 car garage for a business - you better check w/ zoning b4 u build something u can't use
  5. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    theres a guy down the street who has a 4 car garage. and these are only like 40x80ft lots. we almost bought the house just because the garage. it had heat and ac in it, and a lift, and all that sweet stuff.
  6. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    if you can afford a 4 bay, go for it!!
  7. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    As a Building Inspector I do highly advise checking all zoning regulations prior to planning a new structure at your residence. The size of the garage is only one consideration. It's the use that really matters to zoning officials. I do structural inspections but have to work with the zoning nazis so ask first.!!
    We grew to the point of "you gotta move out of the neighborhood".
    So we purchased a lot, saved like crazy and two years later we are there!!
    Below is a pic a while back of our new 2400 square foot shop. 14' tall ceilings, 2 small offices, our REQUIRED ADA bathroom, etc.
    It looks a bit differernt now with the concrete in and everything painted but it gives you a look anyway!

    Shop Pic 72.JPG
  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Man this has to be one more time I love living in the country. We built a 70 x 30 pole barn for equipment then also have another 40 x 40 for misc. stuff. No zoning needed just call up some friends and throw a cook out or boil up some crawfish. We put it up in about 3 days and another day to run the electric. Concrete will go in before long (just gravel for now). Total price was around 4000 I think. 16 ft ceilings. This probably wouldn't work for the yankees on here but down south where its warm its the way to go.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    call local code officers and see if u can build that big dont tell them what u gonna do in it
    as long as u can fit all your stuff in it most dont care
  10. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    a neighbor of mine got permission from the city to build a huge garage. After the foundation was poured and the structure was erected and roof on the city realized they made a mistake and told him he was to close the road. The city gave him a few choiced he could move the whole structure ( which is not possible) or pay the $4000 FINE for building to close to the road. The city put a hold on his building, he is not able to continue building and cannot sell the property till the fine is paid off. They thought of sueing but it was going to cost them more than the fine was. I think its totally ridiculous but unless you have disposable income you usually will not win against the city. :angry:

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