I have a garage problem and I was hoping to get some feedback from the bright minds in the forum. The rest of you are welcome to chip in as well.
I live in an older downtownish Toronto house which has a laneway in the back. There is a garage off the laneway which is a complete POS (piece of sh**). We park on the street (which is our preference) and just use the garage for storage.
Ideally I would like to just keep patching it up, however our insurance company has other ideas. Our last insurance company dropped us because of the garage. Bottom line is that the garage must come down.
The question is what to replace it with.
From a resale point of view, it would be nice to put in a proper garage, but that would be quite expensive and we will just use it as a storage shed. We have no plans to move any time in the near (or far) future. One thing about resale value is that a lot of people just want a place to park (which they would have) - a garage would be a bonus.
I'm thinking we might investigate putting in a bare-bones modern version of our old garage which would cost some $$, but hopefully not too bad. In other words, a wood structure with a proper roof/windows/door etc that will continue to be used as a storage shed, but a new owner could convert easily to a car garage.
Another alternative is to look into getting a shed or two. I don't know anything about them.
Another consideration is that there is a big tree between our garage and our neighbour's garage. I love the limited shade it gives, but I'm thinking it might be better to come down.
I don't have a specific question about this issue, but if anyone has any info/advice about garages/sheds etc, I'd love to hear it.
Actually - one specific question is how much it would cost to have it taken down and disposed of - the dimensions are 11 feet wide and 24 feet long. We would leave the concrete floor as is. Most the structure is wood, but the bottom 2? feet are cinderblocks.