Renovate A Garage

How much does it cost to renovate a garage?

Do you need somewhere secure for your car and/or additional storage space?

A garage is likely to be on your shortlist, and the first question that comes to mind is how much it is all going to cost.

Expect a new garage to cost anywhere from $1200 to $1680 per square metre, depending on the materials you choose to build with. Brick veneer will cost in the region of $1200 to $1600 per square metre while full brick will be $1300 to $1680 per square metre.

Like homes, garages come in all sorts of materials and sizes, and the cost of a garage depends on the materials that are used in its construction and the size of the structure. 

Check out our range of garage renovations here. 

Reasons for renovating your garage or shed

The following are some reasons why you should renovate your garage or shed:

  • It’s messy – You might trip over and hurt yourself or not be able to find an item.
  • There’s not enough space – You might bump into things or not be able to get some work done. If you’re using the garage, your car may have to be parked outside.
  • It’s unsafe – Your kids or pets can hurt themselves if tools and chemicals are accessible.
  • You have new equipment – You may not have any space to put your new equipment.
  • You need more convenience – It might take you a long time to find the tool you need, slowing down your work.

Whichever way you decide to use your budget; it is always best to first figure out your needs.

Renovate A Garage

How do I organise storage in my garage?

One of the most cost-effective ways to overhaul your garage is to get its storage sorted. Being able to organise your garage efficiently and sort chaos into order, can be relatively straightforward.

Most hardware retailers sell a variety of hooks for hanging bikes, tool and other paraphernalia. They’re all relatively inexpensive, but your choice of theme will depend on your walls and the weight of what you’re looking to hang. You may need to use a masonry drill bit to fit metal hooks into concrete walls. For lighter objects, there is a variety of plastic adhesive hooks. They’re easily removable and can be repositioned should you need to move things around.

Traditional pegboards are coming back into interior design fashion, but of course in garages, they have never really gone away. Their perforations allow you to attach a variety of hooks and brackets and you can also paint them. Lining your concrete garage walls with pegboard will also help soften acoustics.

When you’re choosing shelving and cupboards, make sure you opt for sturdy fittings. What you might select for linen cupboard shelving, won’t be adequate for housing heavier items in the garage. Purpose-built steel shelves from hardware chains are easy to assemble with no nuts or bolts. With evenly distributed weight, some shelves can hold up to 200kg each – perfect for heavy tools or storage.

Remember that for safety, sharp tools and hazardous materials, such as poisons and flammable liquids, should be stored securely. Galvanised steel cupboards with lockable doors and adjustable shelves should do the trick.

You can keep bikes, kayaks and other sports equipment out of the way with specialised hooks and brackets for your garage walls and ceiling.

What type of garage

Before obtaining pricing take the time to think through, you need to decide what type of garage you want. You have two basic options:

Freestanding garage: this option is a structure that is separate from your home, and could be a brick building or in a ready-to-assemble prefabricated kit. The latter is definitely the budget option, though it will not look as integrated with the design of your home as a proper building.

Attached Garage: This type of structure is attached to your existing home. This type of garage is inherently more expensive but could increase the value of your home. You also could convert this into a granny flat or home office later on.

How much does a garage cost?

Factors that will influence the final cost of your garage include the materials, builders permits, insurance and plans.

Like any building project expect to be quoted on a square metre basis. To work out how much a garage could cost, let’s take a look at each element of the structure.

For concreting as a floor surface for your garage expect to pay:

  • $60 to $85 per square metre for plain concrete

For Colorbond roofing expect to pay:

  • $6680 for a flat freestanding Colorbond roof (9m x 4.5m)

In terms of building costs, expect to pay:

  • $1200 to $1600 per square metre for brick veneer
  • $1300 to $1680 per square metre for full brick

How much does it cost to add a garage door on a low budget?

If you have an existing sectional garage door that’s still in good condition, but you have to open it manually, or its automatic opening moto is past its best, you may want to upgrade its door opener to a quiet, new model. Look on TradeMe or GumTree for inexpensive new standard models or second-hand doors and motors. You may also want to contact manufacturers to see if they have any factory seconds for sale.

How much does it cost to add a garage door on a mid-range budget?

To keep costs at a minimum, it’s good to plan in advance. If you get your garage door insulated at the same time you get carpet installed, or if your internal access through the garage is next to a bedroom or living area, you can account for those factors in your estimate upfront. 

As for other external access doors into a garage, Wayne Gordon from Refresh Renovations recommends paintable fibreglass doors, also good for woodshed and utility areas.

For a garage door, expect to pay:

  • $1500 to $1800 for a double roller door (installed)
  • $2000 and $3000 for a double sectional garage door

Hitch Property Constructions has the biggest range of the garage renovations Melbourne. Check it out here.

How much does it cost to insulate the garage?

A lot more people are interested in sealing and insulating their garages. If a new garage is being built, the cost of adding insulation such as Pink Batts is not significant. Not so many clients have opted to remove wall linings and insulate existing garages, but they do if they’re adding a partition wall to create a room within a garage. It’s an especially good idea to be free of damp if you’re storing records and business documents.

What type of flooring should I use?

If you’re happy with your existing concrete garage floor and want to give it a freshen up, a new coat of paint could do the trick. Choosing a specialist garage paint is necessary, so it has good abrasion and chemical resistance and won’t lift under hot car tyres. Concrete floor paint suitable for long-life and non-slip floors is useful in garages, particularly if the garage is going to be used in a workshop.

The following advice to prepare and paint a garage floor with a two-pack epoxy floor coating. To begin with, the concrete surface will require washing with hydrochloric acid and water to remove any existing paint, coating or glues. Two top coats will then need to be applied. “The product we suggest to use is called Pita Cote and is used for factory floors with high traffic areas and is very durable and easy to clean.” After the paint is dry, you need to allow a hardening period of seven days for the product to completely dry. “Have minimal traffic on the surface over this time.”

Carpeted garages are becoming increasingly popular. Having something soft underfoot makes your garage that much more comfortable to spend time in and makes the room multi-purpose. Like anything, you get what you pay for. If your budget is really stretched, check out your online second-hand reseller for local flooring outlets.

Practicality rules with garage carpet. There is a choice of colours across different brands, but nowhere near the same variety as household carpet. Styles like ‘Anthracite,’ a dark grey colour, are wildly popular for their practicality – should your car track in dirt or have an oil leak, it doesn’t show up as much on this low-key colour and instead looks like an accent or a beauty mark.

Whatever colour people choose, it needs to be a carpet made specifically for garages. Conventional carpet or vinyl just won’t cut it. Oil spills stand out easily, but polypropylene carpet can be vacuumed for regular maintenance or hosed down if there’s a mess.

Garage carpet is glued directly on to concrete. It won’t adhere to painted surfaces, so if your garage floor is painted the paint will need to be sanded off. Any holes will need to be filled or bump ground down for a flat surface, and you need to check and make sure your floor already has adequate damp proofing before starting.

Carpet retailers will always do a site measure before carpet is ordered, so can advise on whether your garage floor requires any remedial prep work and arrange it for you. This is an extra cost, depending on what is necessary.

Factors that affect the cost of building a garage

A good garage or shed is important, especially if you have a workshop inside. A garage or shed that’s clean, safe, and organised can be pleasant to work in, prevent accidents, and allow you to get your work done well and on time. With a spacious garage or shed, there’ll be plenty of room for your work tools and equipment, as well as your lawn equipment and seasonal tools and items.

It is important to know the factors that could affect the cost of building a garage or shed. This way, you can budget properly for the project. Some of the things that should be considered when estimating costs are:


Naturally, a bigger garage or shed is more expensive to build compared to a smaller one. It also takes more time to finish — an important factor, especially if you’ve hired your builder on a per-hour basis.

The cost of materials

High-quality materials cost more at the onset, but they will be more beneficial and cost-effective for you in the long run. Higher-quality materials are more durable and can withstand the elements longer than substandard ones.

Skills and experience of the builder

When you hire garage or shed builders, ensure that you hire only licensed businesses. They charge more for labour compared to unlicensed tradesmen, but they can assure you of high-quality workmanship.

Additional services

Services like automatic garage door installation, decorative concrete flooring, or garage painting are often not included in the initial quote that will be provided to you. If you’re looking to add these features to your garage, make sure to prepare a little extra to pay for them.

Tips to help you get off to a good start

Whether you intend to modernise an old kitchen or enhance your outdoor space by adding a deck, your first step when planning a renovation will be figuring out the cost, work and time involved in the project. So here are a few tips to help you get off to a good start.

Get lots of inspiration

You should have a clear idea of what you want before you start getting quotes and choosing materials. If you know you want to redo your kitchen, but aren’t sure what style you want, you can get inspiration from home improvement and design magazines or use Pinterest to find creative ideas and bookmark them for later.

Make a detailed plan

Creating a detailed plan is essential to the success of your renovation project. While your contractor can certainly help with this, there are some things you’ll need to decide on beforehand, including your budget and preferred materials and finishes.

Allow plenty of time

Renovation and remodelling projects can often end up taking a lot longer than anticipated, so you should allow plenty of time for unexpected delays. Planning in more time than you think you’ll need to prevent unnecessary stress when things move more slowly than anticipated.

Compare all your quotes

It’s best to get quotes from a few different contractors before making a final decision, so you can compare them and make sure you’re getting a good deal. Of course, high-quality materials cost more and skilled contractors often charge more than less experienced ones, so check the contractor’s reputation, ask plenty of questions and look for hidden fees.

If you’re ready to get started, here’s a breakdown of how much different types of renovation projects will cost you in Australia, as well as how much time and effort they’ll require.

Who can build your garage?

Chances are your garage will require the services of a builder.

All states require builders to be licensed and insured to carry out work in your home. Hiring an unlicensed builder is against the law and could lead to a fine or worse. Builders should also carry valid insurance, including professional indemnity, public liability insurance builders warranty insurance.

Hiring a garage builder

When it comes time to hiring a garage builder, make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them to include:

  • Are you appropriately qualified and registered or licensed?
  • Do you hold valid insurance (professional indemnity and public liability insurance)?
  • Do you have experience in residential projects?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?

Looking for Melbourne garage renovations? Look no further. Hitch Property Constructions has you covered. 

Effect on house resale value when you renovate your garage

If you’re planning to maximise the space, make changes and add useful features that are likely to appeal to a majority of homeowners. Done right, your renovation can be a worthwhile investment when it comes to resale value. Remember the quality of the work matters, especially if you’re planning a major change such as converting the garage into a bedroom. Trading your garage space for a poorly insulated “bedroom” with no windows and the garage door intact won’t do much to boost resale value.

The work you have done must be permitted, it must be professional, and it must increase your home’s functionality and appeal. Weigh what you’re planning to spend against the expected increase in resale value to get your return-on-investment (ROI) figure. Well-done garage conversion to living space can give you up to an 80% ROI.

The best way of finding out the cost of your project is to get quotes from local garage builders. This will give you a sense of what market rates currently are. As a prominent feature of the home, you want a garage that not only fits your budget but flatters the appearance of your property as well.

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