Time for a New Garage? Things to Consider

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How many times have you hired a garage builder? Probably not many, if ever! Odds are that this is the first and last time you will have this work done. So you want to make sure that you have all the necessary information to make the right decision. Few home owners know very much about garage construction. Sussel Garage Builders understands this problem and believes that learning about garage construction is the best way you can make sure you are getting a premium quality garage and driveway at the right price.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Garage Builder

Are you considering replacing your old garage and driveway? If you live in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or any of the Twin Cities suburbs, your garage has experienced many Minnesota winters. Over time, the harsh weather we experience really takes its toll on garages.

  • Will there be any hidden costs not on the garage cost estimate?
    • Any reputable contractor should provide you with an accurate and detailed estimate for your project. You should expect the estimate to be correct with no major changes to the total cost. Not all contractors are accurate in their estimates, and some may not include all costs in their initial estimate. If unforeseen conditions or requirements are discovered after work begins, or if you make design changes after the estimate is provided, some adjustments may be needed, but we always discuss these with you immediately. In most cases, our initial estimate will be exactly what you will pay for your garage. We don’t like surprises any more than you do.
  • What happens to my existing garage, slab, and driveway?
    • As a full service contractor, Sussel Builders can take care of everything from the architectural design to the completion of your new garage and driveway. This includes removal of your old garage, concrete slab, driveway (if necessary), as well as any other structures, fences, trees, and bushes that require removal. All debris is removed and any recyclable materials are separated for reuse. Sussel Builders makes the process easy.
  • Can my new garage be designed to match my home?
    • Absolutely! As Minnesota’s largest custom garage builder, matching the architectural design of your garage to your home is our specialty. In fact, Sussel is the builder of choice for garages that are required to adhere to strict Historical Society design requirements. Our experienced design team has deep knowledge in garage design as well as product availability and selection. Over the years we have developed an extensive network of suppliers and installers. This network allows us to provide products and services that many other builders just can’t.
  • What size garage can I build?
    • The maximum garage size that you can build is determined by evaluating your particular property with your local city codes and ordinances. There are many factors that can come in to play when determining the maximum size. Your Sussel Representative is very knowledgeable in this area and can clearly explain how your local requirements will affect your garage design.
  • How long will the process take from start to finish?
    • With Sussel, once you’ve finalized your garage design and your city has issued the permit, construction typically takes 4 to 6 weeks from start to finish (weather permitting). Larger and/or more complicated designs can take longer. Your Sussel Representative should be able to give you a more accurate timeline for your specific project and the project coordinator will keep you informed each step of the way.
  • How durable will my new garage be and is there any type of warranty?
    • We’re confident that our garages are some of the most durable in the industry. With proper maintenance of your Sussel garage, you can expect many, many, many years of use and enjoyment. We’re so confident in our quality that we provide an industry leading Twenty-Year Exclusive Warranty. This is fully twice the structural warranty required by the State of Minnesota. Please see the back of your Sussel contract for more warranty details.
  • What customizations and design options are available for my new garage?
    • With Sussel, when it comes to design options, the sky’s the limit. Sussel is Minnesota’s #1 Custom/Luxury Garage builder. Here is a partial list of options available for your custom built Sussel garage:

      Garage Sizes (Single Car on up to the maximum size is allowed by your city)
      Unique Shaped Garages (Attached Porches, Workshops, Kennels, anything you can think of)
      Roof Styles (Gable, Reverse Gable, Hip, Clipped Gable, Barn, Custom Styles)
      Roofing (Shingles, Cedar, Steel, Clay, Other Products). Any Brand, Style, and Color available in this market.
      Siding (Vinyl, James Hardie, Wood, Steel, Aluminum, Stucco, Brick, Stone, Unlimited Trim Options). Any Brand, Style, and Color available in this market.
      Soffit and Fascia (Aluminum, Wood, Vinyl, Composite, etc.)
      Gutters with downspouts
      Roof Pitch (Any pitch from a flat roof up to 24/12)
      Wall Types (Custom Heights, Widths - 2x4 or 2x6, Custom Designed)
      Attic Room w/ full stairway. Any custom size. (Finished or Unfinished)
      Storage Area w/ pull down ladder. Any custom size.
      Custom Designed Dormers
      Insulation (Fiberglass or Sprayed)
      Finished Walls (Sheetrock/Taping/Painting)
      Heating (In-floor, Forced Air, Infrared)
      Unlimited Window Brand and Style Selection (Marvin, Andersen, Pella, Windsor, etc.)
      Garage Doors (Standard, Insulated, Wood, Custom Colors and Designs, Window Options, Virtually any Brand, Style, and Sizes available in this market)
      Garage Door Openers (Remotes, Keypads, Other Features)
      Service Doors (Fiberglass, Steel, Window Options, all styles)
      Electrical Service (Custom designed to meet your needs)
      Driveways and Sidewalks (Standard Concrete, Stamped, Colored, Pavers, Retaining Walls)
      Custom cabinetry

      The options with a Sussel Garage are endless. If you have something unique in mind for your garage, don’t hesitate to ask your Sussel Representative. Chances are they can design it!
  • What kind of financing is available for my new garage?
    • As Minnesota’s largest garage builder, Sussel has put together some of the most competitive  financing programs available. The strong relationships we’ve developed with lenders ensure our
      customers receive some of the most competitive and affordable rates and payment terms in the  industry. We also offer very competitive financing packages for those with credit or equity concerns. No matter what your particular situation, chances are we have a financing package designed to fit you perfectly.

Get your FREE Estimate today!

Call Sussel Builders today for a FREE estimate on a new or rebuilt garage – custom-designed just the way you want it:

  • Minnesota's #1 Builder
  • Attached or detached garages.
  • Optional storage or usable space on second floor.
  • Electricity, heat, air conditioning.
  • Holds one, two, or three cars with extra space for your work bench.
  • Low monthly payments.
  • 20 Year Warranty.
  • Free estimates with design recommendations.

Since 1915, Sussel Builders has been Minnesota’s most trusted garage builder, serving more than 50,000 customers – with a 98.84% customer satisfaction rating unduplicated in the home remodeling industry.

For a FREE, no-obligation estimate on a new or rebuilt garage for your home …

Just call today: 651-645-0331 in St. Paul or 612-379-0949 in Minneapolis.

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