Help thinking through a garage update?
We are in need of updating our single car detached garage. We are not sure where to start. The garage door desperately needs to be replaced, the floor is a cement slab that is cracked and crumbling, there is no electricity and it has too much stuff in it.
We once had an engineer/contractor look at the garage to see if we could put an apartment above it and he thought it would not structurally allow for that because of the cement slab. So I've gotten the idea in my head that makes me worry about whether it is structurally sound. He never said that, so I am probably just being a worry wort.
Still, we are not handy by any stretch of the imagination and when we have to hire someone to do construction for us, we feel at a real disadvantage. We don't have any contractors that we know we can trust and that is a problem too, not knowing who you can rely on to give you accurate information about what work is really necessary or not.
We have thought of cleaning out the garage and throwing things away first so we can actually inspect the structure, and perhaps hiring an inspector to take a look at the whole house because we know we have other areas to do repairs and renovation in. Or we could just call contractors and ask them to look at it and give their opinion on what needs to be done.
We are torn because we really need to get that garage door on and we are not sure whether we are expanding the job needlessly or not. It just seemed the logical sequence, to inspect the structure first, find out if the cement floor can be fixed, before investing in a new garage door, electricity, and a new garage door opener. I have nightmares about a contractor telling us we have to jackhammer out the cement floor and pour a new one. I've thought of some of those connecting rubber squares that I've seen on HGTV to cover over the floor and if that would do the trick and cost a lot less and be a lot less trouble, I would be happy to do that. I just have my doubts about whether you can do that on a floor if it is not solid and level.
We have other areas around the house that need repair too, so we are trying to keep the costs down. We eventually just want to end up with a functional garage that is easy to get the car in and out of and has space for a small workbench and storage. We don't need a showplace.
Anyone have any wisdom they can share with me, it would make my week. :-)