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2 Car Garage with Lift Completed in Falmouth, Maine

large 2 car garage with lift

Tom Bannen is a guy who loves restoring antique cars and trucks as a hobby. For 25 years before purchasing his 2-car garage with a lift he was working out of a single-bay garage and in his driveway where there was more light and space. 

What Started Toms’ Search for a Garage with Lift?

garage with hydraulic lift

One day Tom was working on an antique vehicle and he decided that crawling on the ground was not fun anymore. He started thinking that it was time for a new garage with a hydraulic car lift so he could work more efficiently on his antique vehicles plus work on his vehicles year-round. 

The hydraulic lift was something Tom wanted for a while and always dreamed of having one. Little did he know that soon enough, he would have one.

Where did Tom find his 2 Car Garage with Lift?

Tom says he had a preferred local builder when we first began searching for his future garage with a lift. However, the contractor he wanted was fully booked and was not too familiar with design engineering work to specify the special scissors trusses that would be needed to accommodate a car lift

2 car garage with lift builder

He continued to search the web for different garage contractors or builders but could not seem to find one that suited him. Finally, Tom discovered the Sheds Unlimited website and inquired online and fell in love with what he was seeing. After browsing the website for a while, he contacted them in hopes of starting on his new 2-car garage with a lift.

One of his big questions was whether or not they could build his garage in Maine. Sure enough! He discovered they had built other garages even further away than he was from the company.

Toms’ first interaction with Sheds Unlimited was impressive. He stated that Sheds Unlimited had a “rapid” response time, which was a big sign he was dealing with a credible and serious builder.

“Every time I asked Sheds Unlimited a question, I received a prompt, accurate, and thoughtful reply. Every single time. And I had a definite answer to how much it would cost and how long it would take once the site work was ready. That was important to me.”

Preparing for the Garage with Lift Project

Before purchasing his garage with lift, Tom needed to know how big of a garage he would need in order to fit a car lift inside of it. Although Sheds Unlimited does not install the car lift, they built the prefab garage to accommodate the hydraulic car lift that was going to be installed. But one that that did impress Tom was how Gideon, the salesman at Sheds Unlimited was so helpful. Not only did he assist in helping Tom figure out exactly what kind of building was needed, but every time Tome also had a question, Gideon had a prompt, thoughtful and clear answer. 

There was certainly a lot to figure out. First, it was figuring out what the town would allow. Then it was the design and layout of the building and most important was the cost and making sure he had enough money to do the entire job.

He stated the biggest challenge of the garage was finding an excavator who had time to begin digging when the ground in Maine thawed. The short season in Maine, local contractors are often booked out an entire year in advance. Luckily, Gideon from Sheds Unlimited offered to help find a regional contractor in PA and provided cost estimates compared to local pricing.

excavator for 2 car garage with lift

Tom was finally able to get an excavator who had just purchased a new Caterpillar and wanted to put it to work without all the mud. He was to do the digging and pouring of the foundation and since Tom's ground was dry earlier than his other jobs, the contractor was able to get it done quickly.

Finally, when the site was shaped, the hole was dug, frost wall and the floor was poured, he had to wait 30 days for the foundation to cure. Once the cure was finalized, Tom contacted Gideon to schedule the build.

Putting The 2 Car Garage with Lift Together

One thing that impressed Tom was getting pictures from Gideon as the walls were being built in the manufacturing facility in PA and also when the prefab garage headed to Maine was loaded on the trailer.

"I was so excited," says Tom and also quite pleased when the crew of builders arrived exactly on time.

crew building 2 car garage with lift

Tom was thrilled to see his 2-car garage with a lift go up but more amazed they could fit the entire building plus tools and equipment on a Freightliner truck and trailer.

He claimed that the building crew was the most delightful, hardest working, organized, and skilled team that he has ever seen. Not only was it one of the hottest days during the year, but the crew was still able to work safely and politely.

The garage not only meets my expectations, but it has passed the ‘quality test’ of my friends, family, and even the nosy neighbors. Not one critical remark has been made. The garage build speed and fit/finish have impressed everyone.

Finished 2 Car Garage with Lift

Once the job was complete, Tom was amazed and thrilled at the same time. He couldn’t wait to get started working on his antique vehicles stating "The days of jacking up a car in the driveway and freezing or burning my back on the asphalt are gone. I’m also able to park our daily driving cars inside and not have to shovel snow and scrape ice off them all the time.”

picture with the 2 car garage with lift

"Here it is January in Maine and I am able to comfortably work on an antique car or truck with plenty of lighting, workspace, and comfort – all while standing upright!"

Since the garage was placed right where his garden used to be, another bonus is not having to pull weeds in the garden or worry about too much or too little rain. Now Tom goes to the local farm stand for carrots, peas, and cucumbers!

"Three cheers all around," says Tom.

He finds the location of the 2-car garage with lift to be perfect because it is placed where his old garden used to be. He is happy he does not have to worry about the weeds, moisture on the plants, and states he now goes to the local farm stand for his vegetables!

What does Tom think of his new 2 Car Garage with Lift?

He says for someone who is seriously considering a large prefab garage, that the time and cost are definitely worth it. Having out of state builders construct the garage does not mean compromising communication or scheduling wishes, but the opposite. 

In just a few short months of planning, you can have a nicely built, fair-priced garage that is designed for your needs.

Toms' Three Takeaways:

  1. The detached garage got built-in far less time than a local contractor suggested.
  2. It is essential to plan and anticipate all the activity that happens before and after the prefab garage is built.
  3. Charge an admission fee to everyone who wants to see the final garage!
home garage with car lift

Tom recommends Sheds Unlimited to anyone interested in a new prefab garage. He hopes that one day the crew that built his 2-car garage with lift will be able to return to see all the customizations that he has added.

He installed the hydraulic car lift, finished the driveway, and finished the landscape too. He was so happy with the garage the team built that he would make the team lobster rolls and shake their hands once more!

Ready to Find Your Own Detached Garage for Maine?

Every week Sheds Unlimited is working with people like Tom to help them create the prefab garage they need for storing cars, working on cars and many other uses. Other areas in Maine where Sheds Unlimited has constructed prefab garages include Greenwood, Kittery, Frankfort, Raymond, Thomasonton and Waldoboro.

Get started with your custom designed two, three or four-car garage to be built at your home in Maine. Start by getting a Free Quote or give us a call at (717) 442-3281.

Sheds Unlimited Customer Reviews...

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I shopped around for a large shed. Sheds unlimited had great prices and the outstanding quality of the material used was just great. The shed is very well built. I had some special needs for my shed. The shed is a 8x24. I had them install a divider wall in the shed putting 2 double doors on one side and 1 3 foot door on the other side. They made me 4 shelves inside the bigger part of the shed. All my specifications were meet exactly as I had wanted it. The installation was something beyond belief with the mule. The way the delivery man just fit it right in the spot. I have nothing but good comments about Sheds Unlimited. They know their business and did everything just right.

I have had the shed about two months and wish I had purchased it ten years ago.The shed is well made and the delivery process wqs quick and easy.The shed still has that new wood smell and I am amazed at how much I have been able to put in it.The shed came right when they said it would.

John Murphy from Wappingers Falls N.Y.

We recently had a two car garage installed. The two guys from Sheds unlimited, Gideon and Mark were unbelievable! They worked so hard and had the garage up in one day. They were also super nice and easy to work with. John, who we dealt with during the design process was also great. Couldn't recommend them highly enough. Our garage is beautiful.

Vicente and Gillian Frontinan from Medford, MA

Hello Delmar;

Several reasons for this message.
First of all I must say that the entire process of doing business with you and everyone in your company that I have dealt with has surpassed my satisfaction and expectations.
From our first meeting at your office to the many many many phone calls i made to you with questions and/or changes you were always willing to take the time to answer my questions and provide the information that i needed and explained why i could or could not or should or should not do certain things. You always took the time to make sure I understood why or why not.
My site prep and your busy schedule took us to a later date than anticipated but James King along with good weather made it all happen on December 18th.
I told James several times there was no way they could get the truck/trailer to the job site ---but--- 7 a.m. the truck and trailer and three man crew are all on the site which I still don't know how they accomplished.
Speaking of the crew and the construction, myself and the entire neighborhood were beyond impressed. Three young men that are obviously very well beyond their years in knowledge and professionalism. I can't say enough good things about them. To watch them work is a treat. It's like they can read each others minds. They each know what to do, when to do it, and rarely even need to speak to each other. They just work and work and waste no time. They were kind and courteous as well. I was impressed as you can tell, and many neighbors were as well. Please pass on my best wishes to Chris who suffered the fall. Here is an example of what kind of employee he is------as I am driving him to the hospital after his fall we are having a conversation about work and he says "I love my job and this kind of work".
As you can tell I am beyond satisfied but I do have one issue with the building. There is one substantial leak in the roof. It is in the area of the dormer and enters the building in a joint between two sheets of osb very near the dormer. It drips from the roof down to the concrete floor as it is above the open area of the attic floor. I will be doing finish work to the attic area soon and obviously the leak must be repaired prior to that however I do not expect anyone to repair a roof in bad weather but please keep this in mind and handle as soon as safely possible. I was aware of the leak prior to your cashing my final check but felt no need to stop pay and hold back any portion until leak is repaired as I certainly trust you will handle it as soon as safely possible.
Thanks again for everything !

Bill Zaremba from Sugar Notch, PA

Just a note to tell you how extremely happy my wife Pauline and I are of the quality and craftmanship that exists with your company . Your employees Mark, Will and John who erected our garage are second to none . We didn't think that companies like yours even existed . Their work ethics was absolutely unbelievable . Please keep your crew and don't ever lose them . I don't know how to express in words how happy and pleased we are and especially very thankful for working with us . I will recommend you to everyone .
Gary and Pauline

Gary LeBoeuf from Moretown Vermont

I am amazed at the delivery of our shed.   We had a few tight places and the delivery man amazingly got it into place.   Everyone was kind throughout the entire process.   We appreciate all the help getting us the biggest shed we could fit into our yard into place.   Can not recommend them enough. 

Christina from New jersey

The transaction with Sheds Unlimited was great from start to finish. The delivery was perfect and smooth Thank you to everyone from Sheds Unlimited.

Vincent from Waterbury ,CT

Although there were various businesses closer than Sheds Unlimited, They came very highly recommended. This is the second shed I purchased and I am 100% satisfied with both. The only suggestion I would have would be for SU to inquire about local permits that would be required before the customer purchases. Outstanding quality and service. Got to love their MULE delivery!

Stynor Carter from Collingdale, Pa.

The price was the main reason I picked Sheds Unlimited to begin, and was worried that the quality might be lacking. They brought the shed early, which really helped me out, and it looks great - very sturdy.

Lowell from West Chester, PA

I can't imagine being any more pleased than I am with my shed. It is very well built and it lets in plenty of natural light. The entire process was clearly communicated, as well as efficient and professional.

sally lomanno from cape may, new jersey