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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!

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...

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I purchased a 10 X 12 workshop shed. Workmanship was great. Shed was completed on time, and delivered on time without any damage.

Bruce from Ottsville, PA.

Purchased a 10' x 16' semi-custom shed from Sheds Unlimited in the summer of 2013. Every part of the process was superb including the quality and delivery of the final product. Highly recommended.

Sascha Prochaska from Mendham, NJ

My experience with Sheds Unlimited was a very pleasant one.
I wanted a specific type and size shed that wasn't in their catalog,
but with a few phone calls and Emails, they were able to make the shed I wanted with all the custom things i asked for, including but not limited to multiple door placements and flooring specs. Upon delivery, the driver was very knowledgeable and professional. He made sure everything was perfect before he left. After a few weeks and filling the shed I noticed a small issue that I thought needed to be addressed. So I called Kyle and told him about the issue and he didn't hesitate to set a time up to send some one to take care of the problem. The person they sent out was also very knowledgeable. So saying all that I would recommend Sheds unlimited to anyone that is looking for any type of pre-made Sheds.

Scott from Taneytown Md

The whole experience with Sheds Unlimited was great.  I have a new building that exceedsed my expectations and was the best overall value around. From design to build, the people here are awesome.

Rick from Southbury , CT

I wanted to thank Sheds Unlimited for a job well done. Your build team is first class and Levi did a GREAT job placing the garage right where I wanted it. The garage was built to my specs and delivered on time. Thanks again for a first class job.

Herman Zimmerman from Wonderful

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

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

Thank you Shed's Unlimited!

I found you by doing research on the internet and boy am I glad I did. The quality of my shed is very impressive. We have a problem with wood burrowing bees here and there is not one inch of exposed wood on the whole shed. I am sorry winter is approaching because I have big plans to turn this shed into my work room. Your prices are very fair compared to what you get at the big box home supply stores. My only regret is that I did not get my shed slightly bigger. Thanks again guys, I am very happy and I am recommending you to my neighbors.

Scott Sevart

scott sevart from Falls church, va

i bought my shed as a kit.I was not expecting the walls and floor to be fully constructed. I was expecting(and hoping) to put it all together myself. Fortunately my son was available to help me carry it all to my back yard and put the walls up, or I would have had a real problem. Also, there were a lot of trim boards of different lengths and colors with no instructions of where they go( I still have some left over afterwards with no clue what they are for). Other than that, the shed looks great and I love it

chris from wilmington

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