Whether you’re building a garage from scratch or remodeling to accommodate a growing family, it’s important that you understand what you’re doing and how you can ensure the safety and security of your vehicles. You also want to make sure that the work is done right so you don’t have to redo it in a few years or risk injury during the project.
A Sacramento garage contractor is a great person to consult with if you’re thinking about doing the project yourself. Because of their experience, they can offer a wealth of tips and tricks to make sure you get the best garage possible.
Learn how to build a 24×24’ garage by yourself by checking out this video:
To talk to a Sacramento garage contractor who can help you build or remodel a garage, please contact Russ Johnson Construction today.
SACRAMENTO GARAGE CONTRACTOR VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Building Your Own 24×24’ Garage and Save Money
HOMEOWNER: About six years ago I built this garage. It’s a standard 24×24’, two 9-foot doors, one side door, window. I had gotten estimates from the local builders, who wanted $25-$35 thousand for the same thing, and it just made sense to do it myself.
It took me a few weeks and I had it all framed. I started out by having a guy with a bucket loader come in, take out some trees, level out the area, remove bushes, and prep for the concrete work. The first thing they do is they did down and install some footings where the wall is gonna sit.
I could have saved several thousand dollars and just had a 4-inch slab put down, but because I live in New England I didn’t want to deal with problems with it cracking because of the frost. And when you have a 4-foot wall put in with a floating floor, it pretty much goes away. It holds up for a long time. So the investment of the $5,000 for the 4-foot wall will pay off 25-30 years down the road. And that’s the first stage there, the footings.
After the footings are dry in a few days, they’ll come in, form up, put the walls in. I have the openings for the two 9-foot doors, and after they dry for a few days they come back in and backfill and I’m ready to start. I have the screen laid out, I’m gonna have the floor put in and that takes a few days to dry. Standard 4-inch thick flooring I had put in, and that is it. I am ready to now. They just level the landscape around it. You can always do that later.
I started on the rear wall. You can start off on the side, but I just picked one and go for it. Standard 2×4 construction. I do use a double silt plate and a top plate. Those are the two that run horizontally. I use pressure treated against the concrete. Hopefully that will take care of any bug issues if there’s rot.
I have plywood on the rear wall on that one. The signs are up there. Each photograph is about a day as I go along here. But I did most everything myself. I had my wife and son help me stand things up and carry things, but it’s not bad. The average person can do it.
This is the next day. I’ve made the headers for the garage doors. Standard 2×10’ doubled up, ½ inch plywood in the center. Pretty much the standard for around here…