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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.

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

Retirement home facilities are often also very expensive, so Rebecca decided to research other options.

Owner of a sheds unlimited prefab garage in Charlottesville, VA

After looking at some possibilities such as community rentals and home care, it was decided that Rebecca’s mom would move in with them. 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 so renovating the basement to a in-law suite was not an option without creating room somewhere else to run her business.

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

Operation Build A Detached Garage

As they were brainstorming and researching, they found that a two-story prefab garage could be the perfect solution to add more space. And it would cost less and require much less paperwork than adding an addition to the house.

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:

  • Drafting initial 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 south-eastern Pennsylvania, about five hours away from where they live in Virginia. This meant that Rebecca couldn’t visit the business in person. All she had to rely on was internet reviews, and phone calls directly with the Sheds Unlimtied staff.

 Making down payments over the phone and not receiving a product immediately in return was a bit unnerving, she admitted, amd some days I wondered if I was the biggest sucker in the world.

Sheds Unlimited is located in south-eastern Pennsylvania, about five hours away from where they live in Virginia.

After months of planning and many email and phone conversations with Mark, one of our sales reps at Sheds Unlimited, it was finally time for thier 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!” Rebecca 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 guys).

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...

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The entire process of design, ordering, and delivery was effortless.  The sales personnel were helpful and knowledgeable.  Coordination with other work being done on our property was easy.  Installation of our 8x12 shed took less than 4 hours.  Great job!

Paul S from Stony Brook NY

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.

Great experience. I had a 14x20 garage built on my property. The whole transaction was easy and a pleasure. Great communication and customer service. Thanks for all your patience and help.

William Davitt from Staten Island, New York

Recently purchased a 10x12 wooden mini-barn. The price/quality was far better than other options I researched... I could get the same quality for much more money, or pay the same price for an inferior product. Thankfully, I didn't have to make either of those choices because I got a great price and superb quality from Sheds Unlimited. Ordering was easy, delivery was faster than the original estimate, installation was quick, and we are loving having the extra space for our lawn and garden stuff. Now I can put my car in the garage!

I'd also like to say that we had Gideon do the pad. He is the guy who is recommended at the Sheds Unlimited website... and we were also very, very happy with his work and price. He beat 2 other estimates by hundreds of dollars, and did the work quicker than either of them said they could do it.

All in all, this was a rare event for a consumer these days, in that all of our expectations were exceeded.

Mike Challman from Wayne, PA

Excellent Job! Delivered as promised, very well built. The whole process went very smoothly. Thanks so much for my new, awesome, 20' x 32' garage with 10' walls, 2x6 construction, scissor truss 12' inside center ceiling height, custom window configurations, metal roof, etc.

Brian Ames from Philadelphia PA

Outstanding....garage was exactly as they stated. It was placed with care and treated like it was going on their property... Great experience with them......would recommend them to everyone needing a shed or garage.......thanks guys you rock!!

Dave freiling from Hatboro , pa

The best experience ever. Chose Sheds unlimited over our local guy. Easy process from ordering to delivery and setup.

Bill from Selkirk NY

Bought my second shed from Sheds Unlimited and I could not be happier. Amazing customer service, amazing order process and short waiting period only to be delivered, yet again, an amazing product. I will be a customer for life and wouldn’t dream of buying anywhere else. 

Joe from NJ

Sheds Unlimited General Manager, I want to take the time to recognize our complete satisfaction with the new 8'x18' vinyl shed delivered last Friday. The delivery was amazing to watch as the skilled and hard working driver skillfully navigated the semi tractor trailer, subsequently unloaded and placed the shed into the appropriate location on the pad and was gone in about an hour. The video on your site of 'The Mule' effectively describes this outstanding delivery capability.

The quality and overall service is a 5 STAR in my book. Please thank all the contributing workers and special hats off to the driver who made the delivery with the temperature at 101F. He is truly an outstanding frontline representative of your organization and you can be proud of him. Delivery Specialist, You make a Difference!

Thanks Again

Joe and Kathy Wiegner from Ivyland, PA

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

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