Having a love for old cars carries with it an inherent problem: Where do you keep them all? For the odd junker or parts car, indoor storage may not be a necessity, but for an antique that’s in decent shape it’s a different story altogether.
Unfortunately, I purchased the Mustang without a garage space waiting at home. I was simply out of space, and until I found more, I was forced to let the car sit in the driveway, tarped and rather neglected. The immense rush of self-guilt that came from not having a proper garage space for the old car served as excellent motivation, and within a week of purchasing the car I started construction on a new single car garage.
I priced out pre-built garages, and compared with what it would cost me to hire a couple guys and buy all the materials myself. As it turned out, the cost to have one delivered was with about $150 of what it would cost me to build it myself, but the delivered garage would have no windows and would be 60 square feet smaller than what I would build on my own. In addition, the flooring of the delivered garage would be lumber, whereas if I built it myself the slab would be concrete.
The construction itself was incredibly quick. It took about 6 hours to dig out the foundation and pour the concrete. We built a slight ramp into the slab at the garage door, and decided to go with a 9′wx7′h garage door which ran $138 from Lowes.
The framing for the garage took about 8 hours, and then another 8 hours was spent finishing out the roof and walls. For siding I decided to use a smart siding instead of T1-11. It was my first experience with the material and I can’t say enough good things about it. For starters, it was roughly $9 cheaper per sheet, it has a hard primed exterior surface, and it takes paint much better than t1-11 does. If you’re looking to build a cheap shed or garage, check that stuff out!
Putting up a garage like this was remarkably easy. I didn’t purchase any construction plans, all the construction was done from memory, right down (or up) to the roof rafters. I still need to build parts shelves in the garage and put up some finishing trim, but as far as storing the car is concerned, the mustang has a pretty new garage to rest in, safe and sound!