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Two-Story Prefab Garage Provides a Home for a Virginia Grandma

Prefab Two Story Garage in VA

Mom Needs to Move

Caring for aging parents is something many couples must face in time. Is it a nursing home for the aging parents or a granny pod at the homestead? What about adding a prefab garage so the basement can be cleared out and room made for grandma to spend her aging years closer to the family?

Rebecca and Anthony faced such a decision.

When Rebecca started looking for a place for her mom to live, she had no idea how big a project it would become. Her mother was nearing the age where living alone was no longer a good idea and new options needed to be explored.

When they visited a retirement facility, she was not impressed.

These people are old!

Rebecca’s mother declared after the visit. The retirement home facilities were also very expensive, so Rebecca decided to research other options.

Owner of the Prefab Garage in Charlottesville, VA

After looking at some possibilities such as community rentals and home care, it was decided that Rebecca’s mom move on to the homestead with Rebecca and her husband. But, where to find the room, was the big question.

At first, they thought a mother-in-law addition would work well but they discovered that it would be very time consuming and cost over $300,000! The basement was where Rebecca ran her business of selling Vintage items on Etsy and eBay and that was not an option without creating room somewhere else to run her business.

Rebecca and Anthony needed something that would be affordable and wouldn’t take years and mounds of paperwork to complete.

Operation Build A Detached Garage

As they were brainstorming, they stumbled across the idea that a two-story prefab garage would be the perfect alternative to a mother-in-law addition. It would cost less and require much less paperwork.

Etsy Business in a Prefab Garage in VA

The detached garage built at their Virginia home would provide space for Rebecca’s business and thus free up space in their basement. Then they could remodel the basement into a living space for Rebecca’s mom.

Rebecca and Anthony also discovered that a two-story garage could add value to their property in the future and thus be an investment if they ever decided to sell the homestead and relocate.

With those decisions made, Rebecca was ready to take on the world (or at least a really big building project). But one step at a time.

For Rebecca, some of the necessary steps included:

  • Drawing plans
  • Finding builders
  • Waiting
  • Drawing more plans
  • Hiring builders
  • Waiting
  • Drawing even more plans
  • Waiting again
Prefab Garage Concrete Pad in Virginia

Installing the Garage Pad

Step by step she pushed through the project until finally she was ready to install a garage concrete pad. Due to bad weather, complications with ground elevation, and busy schedules, it took a very long time to get the foundation laid by the concrete guys.

After about a year, it was finished and ready for a two-story garage.

 

Purchasing the Prefab Two Story Garage

By that time, Rebecca had decided that she wanted to purchase a prefab garage. A prefab garage, she had discovered, is assembled at the factory into large pieces that are hauled to the construction site where it is then assembled into the full garage. This allows the garage construction process to be significantly shorter.

Two Story Prefab Garage in Charlottesville, VA

After waiting for almost a year to get to this point, Rebecca was not ready to wait another year for the garage to be constructed. She researched local prefab garage builders but was not able to find anything that suited her needs. She and Anthony wanted to finish out the interior of the garage themselves but most local builders insisted on doing it themselves.

Finally, she came upon Sheds Unlimited where they offered a Legacy 2 Story Workshop Garage that had an unfinished interior, perfect for Rebecca and Anthony’s situation.

But not everything was rainbows and butterflies for Rebecca after this. Sheds Unlimited is located in Pennsylvania, about five hours away from where she lives in Virginia. This meant that Rebecca couldn’t visit the business in person. All she had to rely on was internet reviews.

 “Making down payments over the phone and not receiving any product in return was unnerving,” she admitted,

Some days I wondered if I was the biggest sucker in the world.

After months of planning and many conversations with Mark, her Sales Rep at Sheds Unlimited, it was finally time for the garage to become a reality.

Garage Builders in Charlottesville, VA

The Day the Prefab Garage was Built in Charlottesville, VA

Three builders, AJ, Elmer, and David, arrived early one morning with a large flatbed truck loaded high with the prefab garage. Strapped to the back were the tools, equipment, a dumpster and everything needed to assemble a garage in a very short time. The builder’s got right to work unloading and assembling the structure. They worked long and hard and within 2.5 days, the garage was finished!

Etsy Business Office Studio

After a lot of work, planning, and waiting, the garage was finally completed. Rebecca and Anthony were very happy with the garage and had this to say about it:

 “Fortunately, we ended up with an amazing structurally sound garage, just as promised!” Rebeca said.

We adore our new cottage garage and thank everyone at Sheds Unlimited that helped this become a reality; Mark, Austin, Gideon, AJ, Elmer, and David (plus a few shop elves).

More Work and Some Marriage Advice

Wiring the Prefab Garage in VA

Even with the garage built, Rebecca and Anthony still had a lot of work to do. Because the interior was unfinished, there was electric, insulation, drywall, trim, and flooring to install. Fortunately, this was exactly what they loved. Rebecca said, “Being big DIYers, this is what we call ‘fun’ here.”

Over the next months, Rebecca stayed busy running wires and putting in outlets. Her husband Anthony, who has a lot of experience in construction, was able to hang and finish the sheetrock when he was not at work. Rebecca considers herself very lucky to be married to someone with such skills and gave this advice:

Ladies, if you're single, do not marry a man that can't throw a hammer down in a BIG WAY.

Other things that they worked on were bookcases and window ledges, oak laminate flooring, a temperature control system. Most projects they were able to finish by themselves. However, they did hire some spray foam insulators to insulate the ceiling and an electrician to hook up a large wire from the garage to their main box.

Life After the Prefab Garage Build

Today, Rebecca runs her online Etsy business out of the prefab garage. She sells all kinds of vintage items ranging from books to home décor to clothing. The garage has racks and shelves for storing all of these items. There is also a small shipping station where she packages the goods before sending them out.

Finishing the basement for her mom to move into is the final chapter in this adventure. Rebecca and Anthony hope to knock it out in the next three months and thus truly complete this story.

When she’s not building and finishing garages, remodeling basements, or selling on Etsy, Rebecca runs a Forsythia Hill blog among other things.

Sheds Unlimited Customer Reviews...

Over 500 Reviews

and
4.894635
4.9/5
Average Rating

While seeking to obtain a permit, a customer stated she has purchased a shed from Sheds Unlimited. That information has since been priceless. The variety of sheds as well as color selections are awesome! In speaking with Delmar, Nelson and Gideon (pad installer), all have been an excellent resource in responding to questions, offering suggestions and establishing accurate time frames. I am extremely happy with not only the shed but the workmanship that was put into its development. Might I add that the driver/installer of the shed was quite courteous and professional. I just say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Denise from Wayne, PA

We absolutely love our shed! All our neighbors have even commented on how nice it looks. We have been in many different sheds at family and friends places and at sales centers for sheds and hands down this shed is constructed better than others we have seen. Very happy and would highly recommend Sheds Unlimited!

I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the shed I bought from you this past summer. I purchased it to park my Harley in. I finished off the interior and just added some indoor/outdoor carpet for the final touch. Thank you so much for building and selling such a high quality shed at a very reasonable price My Harley and I appreciate it. God Bless!

By far the best building experience we have ever had. We have built three homes with the same builder, and while he does very good work it was always difficult to get through. His quote to build a detached garage was 40% higher than Sheds Unlimited. So we started the process to build a garage with Shed Unlimited. Amazing what you can do via the internet and a few phone calls. From the beginning to the end Sheds Unlimited was professional, and upfront with how the process would work. End of story our garage was delivered this week. They arrived at 6am as committed to (actually had to ask them to delay start as were in a city neighborhood with close neighbors) They have such a incredible work ethic that while they didn't necessarily like wasting an hour they graciously understood. 3 days later the garage was completed with zero issues. Mark and the other two employee were a pleasure to have in and around our home for those 3 days. If I owned a business I would only hope i could employee these 3 gentlemen. The quality of the finished product is exactly what we expected and are accustom to. The building inspector found one issue and Mark and crew corrected same day to pass inspection. They cleaned up the entire grounds and took all garbage with them. Incredible organization and I highly recommend Sheds Unlimited to anyone. Our neighbors actually came out of their homes when Mark and team were departing to get brochures and commented on how they were watching the process and again were amazed that the team was in and out in 3 days. Great job, and Thank you!!!

Andy Whalen from Saratoga Springs, NY

After a lengthy time of looking at sheds every where , we came upon the sheds unlimited site and the possibility became a reality. We called and spoke to Steve Jr. and he worked with us to get exactly what we needed. All we had to do was prepare our site and Austin handled the rest to schedule delivery. The most magical thing of all was to see Shane remove the shed from the trailer and wheel it right to the exact site in the field where we wanted it.

Shane did tell us promptly that there was a scrape on the shed that happened during transport and the company would be calling to take care of it. The next day I spoke to Steve Jr., who kindly compensated us for the problem and sent out paint for the scrape.

We have to say, all in all, it was a pleasure doing business with such a professional company, who has such great customer service. We are very pleased with the workmanship and quality of our new shed.

We would highly recommend them!

Darlene Smith & John Nicholas from Durham, Ct. 06422

We had a great experience all around.
Excellent communication and customer
service. The men who came to our home
and built the shed, were friendly and
efficient. Just two of them had the shed
put together in one afternoon.
Thanks so much.

Brooke and Kate Barney

Brooke B. from Newark, Delaware

I live in Flemington, NJ and we just ordered a Shed from Shed Unlimited and the entire process was awesome. We are so pleased with the service we received. The price was "unbeatable" and the installation was amazing. A one man job...incredible to see set up. Easy 1-2-3. The quality of the Shed is great. I highly recommend Shed Unlimited. Thank you for your service, the quality and everything.

Eva - Flemington, NJ

Great price and great service! I would recommend them to all my friends. Watching the them take the shed off the truck and put it exactly in the right place to less than 20min. was impressive. Very easy to work the people at Sheds unlimited.
Thanks,
Ken

Ken W. from Yardley,PA/

Good price, quality construction and excellent customer service from sales all the way to delivery. Delivery was on time, courteous and there were no hidden 'extras' etc. Its a no brainer!

Atif from Long Islan

Ordering via phone was easy and very helpful staff to co-ordinate around out schedule. Delivery was flawless and quick and we couldn't have been more pleased...thanks Sheds Unlimited.

Lytton-R & D from Fork, Maryland