A typical 12’ x 24’ garage can typically accommodate one car and some belongings, which is great if you don’t have too much stuff to store but still want a garage to protect your car and a few boxes. Building a garage takes time, materials, and a lot of labor, so it’s best to know what kind of budget you should plan when you finally decide it’s time to build one. Of course you can always buy a garage and not have to deal with the construction hassle. But doing it this way will be even more expensive. Let’s take a look at an outline of what is required and an approximate cost you can expect to pay to build your 12’ x 24’ garage.
First comes the materials for the foundation for the garage, which can cost around $1,200 for a 12’ x 24’ garage, as well as the labor required for it, which can cost approximately $600. For the foundation alone, an average cost would be $1,700 to $1,800. Material and labor costs for the framing can range between $1,200 and $1,400 combined, followed by approximately $1,500 for the materials and labor required for the siding. Installing a roof on a garage can be extremely difficult depending on other specifications of the garage, so labor can cost as much as the materials, which can total more than $1,000.
The cost of a garage door for your garage will likely vary based on how technologically advanced and interconnected you want it with your car, but the average cost for one is $600 with labor costs of $400. Of course, you probably need some other way to get into the garage besides the big door, so a different entryway can cost you around $300 with materials and labor combined.
Windows are typically optional for your garage, but can range anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the size and materials you choose. Builders usually charge around $150 to install the windows on a garage. The costliest component of your garage may be the electrical work due to the labor of it. Labor costs for electrical work on a new garage can far exceed the materials cost, and materials and labor costs can total around $1,200 for the work. Also optional would be heating and/or air conditioning, which can increase the cost around $2,000 depending on the extent of the work needed.
Your local area or homeowner’s association (if applicable) may require some sort of building or construction permit in order for you to build your new garage, and the prices of these can vary greatly from state-to-state and even municipality-to-municipality. On average, however, this usually costs somewhere around $200, so be sure to check if you need one beforehand. Finally, if you choose to use a local general contractor, he or she will usually tack on a fee of around $200.
Ultimately, the estimated price of a new 12’ x 24’ garage is $14,723.