Carol Fuchs, Just Looking in

Approximately how much should it cost to build a simple two-car garage on a level 1.2 acre lot in Scottsdale?

Asked by Carol Fuchs, Mon Mar 10, 2014

We are also planning to build a small (500 sq ft) guest house. Would it be more economical to build the garage attached to the guest house? We have enough space to build both together or separately.

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Joseph Domino’s answer
I would guess that it will be more economical to build one building. A typical 2 car garage will be about 400 sq ft and with your casita it will total 900 sq ft +-. By doing one build you will save on permits, grading, plans and since you will be buying larger quantities of material you can negotiate a better price. You will be able to share electrical, plumbing, etc.

Plus you will only have to go through the hassle of doing it once.
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I would recommend getting 3 to 5 quotes from different contractors. This will ensure that you get an accurate estimate and the best price.
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The cost per foot will be pretty low for the garage, as long as you aren't working around hillside restrictions, NAOS. $50-75/SF would probably do it if you're talking about a wood frame, some stucco, shingle or foam roof, a single garage (for 2 bays), 8-9FT ceilings and just painted drywall on the interior with fluorescent lights. If you are talking about block construction, tile roof, carriage doors, plumbing or any other "upgrades" the numbers could go north from there.

Same goes for the guest house, the structure is pretty inexpensive, it's the finishes that add up. Will you want a full kitchen, kitchenette or will you be ok with a mini-fridge and a microwave? Will you want ceramic tile floors and bath surrounds or will you prefer stone or glass tile? On the simple end, you're probably looking at $100-125/SF and it will go north of that the more you intend to do on the inside.

I agree that it will be more economical to combine the the garage with the guest house. Otherwise, you will have to run multiple electrical lines from your main panel to the varied location which will result in added cost. That cost will really increase if you choose to add plumbing to your garage.

You may just want to get in touch with a general contractor. They will ask you many of these questions to get a better sense of your project to give you realistic figures. Unless you find a GC that has CAD design skills, you may be looking at using a draftsman or architect for the design/permit process to be able to submit your plans to the city, so add at least a few thousand more for that, as well. I can gladly give you a few GC referrals for your area if you give me an approximate location in Scottsdale.

Good luck to you! It sounds like this project will make your home a very enjoyable place to live!

Camille Swanson
Realty Executives- Paradise Valley
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