Repositioning a 2 car brick garage
I know moving a stick built garage can be done. I want to put an offer on a house with a detached 2 car (18×20) c. 1920 brick garage. Garage in good shape. I want to move it maybe 20 feet (10 feet nearer the house/10 feet closer to edge of drive).
Can you move a brick garage like you can a stick one? I would assume mortar wouldn’t survive (and it would be too heavy), but maybe I’m wrong. I would assume I would have to budget for any remortaring, but I’m wondering if it’s doable (particularly due to the weight).
Yes you can, or rather someone can. It will probably cost you $1,000 a foot , or more, and that wont include a new slab, electric or any plumbing. You'll be required to bring everything up to current codes as well.
It would have to be a really nice garage, with a really nice house, in a really fine neighborhood in a really fine real estate market to make this worth while.
but a very nice question.
The other option that popped into my head today is to extend the garage towards the driveway by 8 feet (which will allow for today's larger cars and does not expand upon any existing setbacks) and build a connection between the two. The kitchen window facing the garage/turnaround was previously a doorway (has newer brick, window header and cement pad) so it would be fairly easy to revert back to a door...then I can add a sunroom connecting the garage and house. If the sunroom has heat, in this jurisdiction, it's legal living space (money better spent than on the move).
I think that's probably the better approach. The garage roof needs done anyways, so I could do the garage addition at that point.
Even better, I can use the extra garage space to store my small sportscar (gotta love the car storage rollers) in addition to my daily drivers.