How Much Does It Cost to Build a Garage?


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Almost every builder gets asked this question right out of the gate, “How much will it cost to build a garage?” Now this question is a tricky one to answer and should be answered cautiously and tactfully as there are hundreds of possibilities and customisations a garage can have, which can cost up to $10,000 or more. 

The cost of a garage is mainly based on the garage size the homeowner requires and how they want to go about building it, i.e. the materials they want to use, the design, etc. Thus, in order to determine how much a garage will cost, you need to keep into account the type of garage you need and the kind of space you are looking for. 

Here we dissect and explicate the cost of building different garage sizes and how much the cost can vary based on your choices for the space inside the garage. 

Cost of a Single Car Garage

For a single car garage, you will probably have to spend anything between $7,500 and $10,000 for the materials acquired. The cost can go up based on the rising costs of materials, and whether there are any rate hikes for labour fees. 

The cost covers the cost of materials and contractor fees for electricians, carpenters and painters. Your total cost can vary based on the fee your labour charges. Moreover, the cost estimate we mentioned above does not include the cost of paying for building permits and hiring a contractor to overlook the structure. 

These are integral parts of the process, which cannot be averted or avoided at any cost. You might need to sit and consult with some professionals and reach a consensus with your local municipality. Use quality materials such as Stramit roller dollers to optimise the process.

Cost of a Two Car Garage Cost 

Two Car Garages have more space and covered area. As the name suggests, they have enough room to store two cars together. Accordingly, there will be an additional cost attached. The total cost for a two car variant will hover somewhere between $20,000 and $27,000. This does not include the cost of building permits and hiring a contractor. The cost for materials has been covered as part of this estimate, and it should be around $40 per square foot of covered area. 


Cost of an RV Garage

This type of garage is a must for you when your area or neighbourhood doesn’t allow recreational vehicle parking on the street. It can be used to accommodate your vehicles during difficult seasons like when the winter season begins or as the summer hail starts to fall. 

The cost of an RV Garage depends on its size and specifications. The ballpark price for an RV Garage of size 14×40 with a single door is approximately $1,000 per foot in length.

Factors That Affect the Total Cost 

The following factors influence the total cost of your garage: 


A garage’s size can’t be categorised into small, medium, large and the estimated costs be based upon these fixed sizes. However, many builders divide sizes of cars based on the standard measurements. The 20′ X 20′ is known to be the minimum for a 2-car garage and 12′ X 20′ for a one-car garage. 

Figuring out the correct measurement will help in deciding the cost per square foot. The ballpark figure for the most basic garage is about $30 per square foot. Therefore, for a standard 20′ X 20′ garage, you’ll be starting off with $12,000. This number tends to rise quickly with more added features.


It’s always best to work from the ground up when calculating the cost for a garage. The first cost to estimate will be the cost of the foundation of the unit. This is dependent on the climate of the area you reside in. 

In areas where the ground doesn’t freeze, homeowners tend to build garages on a concrete slab. In places where there is frost, the foundation is a foot below the frost line and the slab is poured between concrete walls. The cost depends on the size of the foundation. The estimated cost is around $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot laid. 

From the above discussion, it is evident there is no objective answer to how much a garage will cost. It can be estimated by figuring out which specific feature you want for your garage and how you want to install them. You now have a good idea about what decisions you need to make and how much money you need for your budget to get the garage of your desire. 

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