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o/t-ish Menards Garage/shop kits ?

Anyone ever build one of the Menards kits for shops and garages....

Menards.com - Featured Projects

seems like a somewhat cost effective way to get it done......i have a friend who used to put up pole barns and sheds as a summer job in HS...he offered to help in exchange for helping with his roof.

looking for feedback on these or similar things....where you pour the slab and then they deliver the parts in one big kit thing....

thanks

looking at this one:
Menards.com - Featured PostFrame

and this one:
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We don't have Menards in this area, but my college roomie, who'll come to the Bash if I can find an open seat, works at a Menards in Southern Michigan. He'll give me the straight scoop.

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I have several friends who built from Menards' kits. They're good kits and go up fast once you get started. I wouldn't hesitate buying one.
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splendid.....

any idea what a slab cost to put have down in those size ranges?

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Go Here for a concrete usage calculator in yards. Take the answer and multilpy it by the cost of a delivered yard of concrete in your area.
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Ide be careful! Guy I work with looked a detatched garage from Menards. The "kit" didnt come with all the needed supplies ie anchor bolts, sill plates, gutters ect. also it was a general plan that doesnt take into account for local building codes, that "extra" stuff to get it to code had to be researched by the buyer and bought sepratly. he found it cost about the same to have a local "reputable" building supply draw up the plans. he said it was a total complete kit and was within a couple hundred $$ of the Menards price.
Personally I buy alot from menards, but nothing for major construction project. Ive never seen a streight 2x4 in there supplys. Talk with the local builders and see where they get there supplies, some of those places may even do your plans and buy lists for free as long as you buy from them.
Granted my issues may be just a local menards problem...i dont know
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1080 SFT = app. 14 cubic yards.

864 SFT = app. 11 cubic yards.

Both of these are calculated at a 4 inch thick slab. You might want to figure a

little heavy depending on how far away from the ready mix plant you are.

On this side of the border, the Joe Homeowner price for mud is about $135.00

a yard. Labor usually runs about $2.50-$3.50 a SFT. This does not include the

site prep, or subgrade work.

I have done a lot of concrete work so if I can be of any help, just let me

know.

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so for 3000-ish i should be able to get the slab for the shop i want.

I need to finish some little things on my house before i put it up for sale.....i scheduled my work on my calendar and i got about 3-4 weeks before i can list my house.....lots of painting, some drywall, and tons of cleaning / trashing.

I'm looking at a 20-30k profit on my house since i bought it 2 years ago....so thats nice ........I dont live in a very volatile housing market, so i'm not too worried about the housing bubble stuff...

hopefully i can get out of here soon......theres a super sweet house with a great 2 acre yard that i'd like to get.....but im worried it wont last long enough for it to be on the market in a few weeks by the time I list my house.

i have 2 acres now, but its really steep so its not usable....this other one is flat-ish so theres lots of room for a great shop if i wrap up 10k extra into the mortgage.....

anyone want to come drywall my kitchen ?

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We used a Menards kit for our 10x12 shed. While the ability to unfold the sections for floor, wall and roof studs was convenient, there was one big drawback. With a slight warpage of the wood in all these pieces, it was very difficult to maintain the 24 inch spacing all the way around. While not critical, it did make it very difficult to attach the sheets of plywood. On several of the sections for the floor, walls and roof we needed to nail a second 2x4 to the side of the prefab studs so that we could actually nail the seam joints down.

While convienient, I would not a kit for a shed again.

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I bought my 24x40 from Carter lumber. Looking at the menards ad made me realize how much more it cost for these things now days. WhenI bought my garage I had 4600 in it with a preimum package of 3 entry doors 2 windows a 10x16 garage door and a 10x9 overhead for the back, 950 ish in concrete and about 6 months of reasoably leisure work. Once it is framed and the roof up, there is nothing to it. Our package was very complete. I did make the drivers sign off on everything they delivered. I ended up with a bunch of shingles and vinyal sidding left when we were done, whitch I promptly returned to buy shelving.

I would do it again if I were not a lazy ass, I am not raising those trusses again and my next building will be 14 foot to the ceiling,,, My tail should not be that high off the ground.

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