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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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First ,your crew was exceptional they finished the project on time. The quality was more then I expected. The price was under budget. THANKS I would recommend your company to any one.

Richard Stegner from Shelter Island N.Y.

I could not be happier with our new 2 car garage. What a pleasure to do business with.The instalation crew worked till they got the job done.

I had a 48' custom combo garage/pavilion designed with great support, timeliness and price. It came out amazingly well. The always polite crew worked hard from 6AM to 11PM to get it assembled. Minor fixes were done just 2 days later. Couldn't be happier with the result.

Charles from Carmel, NY

We purchased a 12x20 shed right before Christmas. They promised delivery before Christmas and it happened. The shed had to be built because of restricted access to the backyard. The guys arrived on Wednesday morning and were done that day by 1 PM. We were very impressed and would buy again from such a professional group of people. What a great experience from start to finish. We couldn't find a better deal in our area.

John G. from Richmond,VA

We are so happy with our tiny cabin from Sheds Unlimited. From our first inquiry after viewing their web site to the order process and the delivery, they were outstanding. Ben was amazing as he worked with us to turn a 14 x 24 ft shed into a small rustic cabin for our land in the mountains. Being in customer service, I really appreciated how he took care of us. We never felt rushed when we met with him to go over ideas and plans, and phone calls and emails were returned promptly. We never heard the word no; he said yes they can do that or how about this way? We warned Ben and Dave (who scheduled the delivery) that it would be a difficult delivery with tight turns and steep hills, but they said no problem. Nate delivered our cabin and worked through some very tight spots. As expected, there was damage to the back side of the cabin. Dave worked with us to schedule one of their carpenters to repair all the damages. And we were 4 hours away! He sent Dan who worked very hard in the heat to repair the damage and it looks as good as new. Quality construction, outstanding customer service and follow up repairs makes this a highly reputable company. We would highly recommend Sheds Unlimited if you are planning on building a shed or finishing it into a cabin or back yard retreat!

A and T Garcia from West Virginia

Extremely pleased with my shed purchase. Appearance and quality are excellent. The price was good. Service was excellent. Very professional and courteous. Delivery was on time,done quickly and accurately. I'm glad I chose Sheds Unlimited for my purchase. Highly recommend them!

Marina Radley from Manahawkin N.J.

We have a very unique yard that slopes downward and is difficult to access. Home Depot agreed to the job back in May after looking at pictures of the yard and access points, and we scheduled delivery for July. Their crew called out the morning of the delivery and we rescheduled to August. August came, and the delivery crew from Home Depot showed up only to tell me they were not willing to do a Job that difficult. Then I found Sheds Unlimited. I worked with Ben over the phone and Gideon in the field. Gideon and his crewmember found a way to get the shed pieces down a steep embankment and assemble the shed- all in the pouring rain! This was their 2nd shed assembly of the day. I was very impressed by their hard work and the fact that they stuck with the job despite its difficulty. Thanks everyone! 

Jason from Kensington, MD

Very impressed with their customer service and quality of construction materials they used for my new 10x16 shed. I could not find any better deals with other companies for this type of shed I am looking for. Thanks again!

Randy from Frederick, MD

Very easy and a great shed!

Pete H from Oakdale, NY

Mark,

I just wanted to thank you for the pleasant experience of working with you start to finish purchasing my shed. It took me some time to finally nail down exactly what I was looking for, but taking the time I am more than pleased with my building. You always showed patience and provided me with every option possible and finally we did it! Thanks again!

Gary Ennis from Delmar, Delaware