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    Building residential garage

    Like the title says, looking at a fall project. Residential Edmonton 6500sq ft lot with hip roof 1250 sq ft bungalow on it. What would you build? Pre built metal? Stick built? ICF? In floor heat, forced air, radiant tube? Tin roof or shingle? If I can fit a loft, I'd love it but no heart breaker...IMG_0418.JPG



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    Re: Building residential garage

    how do you plan to finish the inside

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    Re: Building residential garage

    Drywall was the plan

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    Re: Building residential garage

    So lots of options but I would stick build. You will have lots of room for a loft for sure

    i just built a garage and this is what I did and am glad with my choices

    i put in a footing and ICF grade beam, the 2nd last row of my ICF I put in the block with the ridge so my floor floats, never put in any piles. From there stick built easier to plumb, wire and pipe in the walls. Stuccoed the exterior and dry walled interior. Before I sheeted my roof I put in 2 double lvl beams, can hold 2000 lbs in the centre. Hang a moose , motor or whatever. I went with a 60k reznor but in floor would of been nice. I just ashphalt shingled my roof, matches my house but some funky tile options out there. I put in a small mezzanine and lots of Windows, lots of plugs. So far so good.

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    Re: Building residential garage

    Minimium of 10` walls and in floor heat.


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    Re: Building residential garage

    Definitely do under floor heat if you can. If you do, allow for installing a lift at some point by leaving areas for the legs that are free of tubes and poured deeper to support the mounting bolts. Also have at least a 10ft ceiling over the lift area if you can.
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    Re: Building residential garage

    Anyone know the maximum square footage on infloor heat ran through a hot water tank? I have a 70gal hot water tank in my house I run my infloor and Home water off.

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    Re: Building residential garage

    I'm going to play devil's advocate here and say NO to in-floor heat. Not sure why this has become such a popular thing in garages. When I built my previous house, I built right next door to a buddy. We both built 30x30 garages...mine was 9', his was 10'...everything else similar. He did in-floor, I did hanging forced air. Over the course of 7+ years of living side by side, I can tell you his cost more to heat. There's the argument that "oh the floor is so nice and warm to work on in the winter when you're under a car". If you leave your forced air furnace at 15-16 C all the time (as I did) the floor stays warm...non-issue. Also, when you decide to have a garage gathering, takes 3 min to warm the place up to 20-21 C....not possible with in-floor. Then there's the lost floor space. Code requires the tank/pump crap to be in it's own little room. Then there's the moisture, dripping windows and moldy walls (if you park in there in the winter). None of that with forced air. Just so happens I'm buddy's with the NEXT owner of that house (RZR101). He ended up hanging a forced air furnace to try to get rid of the moisture. Finally he decided it really wasn't worth running TWO heat systems and pulled out the in-floor stuff. Gave him enough space back to put a big compressor and a few other things.
    At my current place we have two garages, both insulated and finished/drywalled/painted....mine and hers. Both heated with hanging forced air. She goes in and out every day with a drippy SUV and no mold issues. The man's garage doesn't get wet, except for spilled booze, more of a toy cave. Our neighbor's house next door with in-floor garage heat where they park every day has black mold everywhere. Both places 4 years old.

    As for height...go 10' or taller. Nice so you can build a big shelf down one side and get the crap off the floor. As for lofts...you'll have to check local code for height restrictions. In the city there are rules.
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    Re: Building residential garage

    Can you build a pole shed, or do the building codes forbid it in city's?

    Just finished up having a Goodon shed build here and it turned out real nice.

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    Re: Building residential garage

    His and Hers garage...that is a step above the double sinks in a bathroom.

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