Well ... it all depends on how much work the garage really needs. Is it just tuckpointing, or are the brick walls sagged, crumbling, fallen down? How are the roof shingles and roof supports? I'm a big fan of brick garages, since they protect the property inside better than a frame garage when they are properly maintained.
Tuckpointing a one or two car garage shouldn't cost much. Building a new one easily could cost over ten thousand dollars. If the brick matches the home standing next to it, aesthetically it looks better than a frame garage, too.
Remember, most of the cost of a new frame garage is in the cement for the pad. The wooden superstructure and the labor are the minority of the cost.
If the brick is crumbling and can't be repaired, there is a happy medium if you want to preserve aesthetics. A good mason can salvage enough bricks to face your new garage so that it matches your home's facade.
Overall, preserving the current structure will probably cost you less money than a tear-down and rebuild. Get three estimates for repair, and another three for rebuild -- I think you'll find that keeping your current structure will save you a bundle!
Don Pasek, CIPS, TRC, ADPR
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