Building a Double Garage Cost/DIY/Pro's

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  1. 17 Jun 2013 at 11:03 AM #1
    Z4M

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    Need some advice from you guys, I know there is a few Builders on here.

    I’m looking at having a Double Garage built at the bottom of my garden. The dimensions are 7.5 metres long x 5 metres deep x 2.5 metres high.

    My Neighbour is a builder and I have spoken with him re doing it, he’s currently doing a large house build at the moment and has been a nightmare to pin down etc.

    Originally I was going for 4 metres high with a pitch roof for extra storage, and he quoted “About £7.5K” but this was over the fence whilst having a BBQ in the garden.

    I’ve since spoken with him re the flat roof (after speaking with the Council I can’t have the roof any higher than 2.5M) but haven’t heard anything from him.

    What are people’s take on doing something yourself. Access to the garden is easy enough (Micro digger). My Brother is a very good D.I.Y.er but unsure if this is a bit too much work for that.

    Would I be better off just getting a few quotes from Local builders to quote me? Previous experiences tell me not to bother as half won’t turn up and the other half will quote me a million pound.

    Any advice tips etc would really appreciate.
     
  2. 17 Jun 2013 at 11:37 AM #2
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    I'd be wary about using a friend/neighbour as things may become awkward. My mate just did £5k of works in my house but things dragged on a bit and I wouldn't have minded reading the riot act, but never did as we are mates.

    From your perspective, groundworks are fairly easy as it is the only but that you can make good later. I would put the footings in and let a pro build it upwards. It would be best to get some proper help setting out though this doesn't have to be a builder
     
  3. 17 Jun 2013 at 12:36 PM #3
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    Be careful of flat roofs, if not done meticulously they will leak or form huge puddles or both.

    Digging foundations is easy, brickwork not so easy.
     
  4. 17 Jun 2013 at 3:50 PM #4
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    sorry mate, couldn't resist!

    I did one at a house last year I flipped, bloody huge place with a great big garage but was disgustingly old. Flattened it and rebuilt it, double garage with two separate roller shutters and a flat felt roof, nothing fancy just did the job. Set me back around £6k IIRC, and took just under 3 weeks. Having said that, we had a really long stretch of beautiful weather so done it really quickly.
     
  5. 17 Jun 2013 at 8:40 PM #5
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    I would offer to do it for you but it's abit far to drive. Best just to to get someone to do it for you if you have the funds.
     
  6. 17 Jun 2013 at 8:54 PM #6
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    I'd do it myself. But that's from being in the building game.

    One thing I would suggest is do any bits you can yourself. And then sub out the bits you can't. And remember, although you won't need planning, you will need building reg's as it'll be a permanent structure. :)

    Get your own trades in rather then using a builder for the lot to save money... But you'll then have to allow for it to take a little longer to get everyone on site when you require can be difficult and mean a couple day down time between trades. :)
     
  7. 17 Jun 2013 at 8:57 PM #7
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    I built pretty much what you're describing a few years ago, albeit with a proper pitched, tiled roof.

    Did my own groundworks and drainage, builder put the shell up then I built the roof etc and fitted out the windows, door electrics and plumbing.
    Set me back about 7k all told.
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  8. 17 Jun 2013 at 9:19 PM #8
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    Dude

    When I did mine, 30m2 was maximum before planning permission was required.

    Hence I went for 7x4 roughly.

    Maximum height for pitched roof.

    Agree best not to use neighbour.

    I can give yo details of builder if you want, wont be the cheapest but will be done right.
     
  9. 18 Jun 2013 at 10:49 AM #9
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    Steve, thanks for the post.

    Very true, re the family friend part but I would of thought a Double Garage would have been easy money for him.

    Thanks for the advice.

     
  10. 18 Jun 2013 at 10:51 AM #10
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    Thanks mate, thought of maybe a 10% incline.

    Foundations seems easy, I would just need to organise the rest.
     
  11. 18 Jun 2013 at 10:51 AM #11
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    Thanks mate, thought of maybe a 10% incline.

    Foundations seems easy enough, I would just need to organise the rest.
     
  12. 18 Jun 2013 at 10:53 AM #12
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    I need someone just like you, a perfectionist and I would of thought you could do something like this with your eyes shut. :thumbsup:

    Shame my spare bedroom is now a make up room.
     
  13. 18 Jun 2013 at 10:59 AM #13
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    Thanks for the post, trouble I have is that I don't know many people in the trade directly. I have applied for a certificate of planning. :thumbsup:

    That's the trouble my little one and my dog play in the garden all the time so I don't want a bomb site for weeks/months on end.

    Thanks for the post. I really would not mind having a go, but I think it's just a bit above me.

    Bad back, hmm yes Chiropractor twice a week at the moment. :(

    Mine is away from boundaries etc so I can go over 30Sqm dude, if I keep to a 2.5M height as well. :thumbsup:

    Thanks dude, I may take you up on that offer. :thumbsup:
     
  14. 18 Jun 2013 at 5:50 PM #14
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    i can mate built more garages than I can count. if you do have a go yourself feel free to ask any questions if you get stuck
     
  15. 18 Jun 2013 at 7:47 PM #15
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    Might be worth having a look on detailing world as they have a separate garage section where some people have built theirs
     
  16. 18 Jun 2013 at 7:54 PM #16
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  17. 19 Jun 2013 at 11:50 AM #17
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    Thanks Andy I will bear that in mind. Do you think me and my brother should give it a go? Or pay a trade to do it all. :thumbsup:

    Thanks mate, just had a look you are right. :thumbsup:

    Cheers Dude, I'll bell you when I know more mate. :thumbsup:
     
  18. 19 Jun 2013 at 1:20 PM #18
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    No probs, I ve spent a while looking on there myself haha
     

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