What to Expect with Minneapolis Garage Construction

Minneapolis Garage Construction is a licensed building contractor in the state of Minnesota. Our carpenters take special pride in our construction in that each garage we build is customized to fit your specific needs with respect to your property and personal tastes. Permits are required on every project and sometimes a survey is needed to secure a permit.

Our garage building schedule is approximately 21 days from start to completion. Most of our projects begin with the teardown of an existing garage, tear-out of the concrete slab, and pouring a new floating slab with regulation footings to support your new structure.

Our basic garage consists of a Keystone style footing with double 5/8 rebar steel reinforcement poured with the 4-5″ concrete slab. A moisture resistant bottom plate of 2″x 4″ green treated wood (to resist moisture between the concrete and construction lumber) is then fastened to the concrete slab with anchor bolts.

Our walls are then constructed with 2″x 4″ stud grade lumber 16″ on center. 1/2″ wood-based sheathing board is used to construct the walls which are then fastened to the studs for the side walls. We use galvanized (rust resistant), ring shank (keeps nails from loosing there grip over time) nails in our construction.

Our trusses, which provide the support for the roof, are engineered to the specifications of your project. We set these and then nail sheathing to complete the roof and gable ends.

If your garage is located within 5′ of a property line, 5/8 sheetrock on both sides of a neighboring wall is required as a fire barrier. This is Minnesota state code.

Roofing and siding your garage are the next steps. We’ll match your home’s shingle color as close as possible or to your choice. While most customers choose vinyl siding others are available: composite sidings, LP® SmartSide® wood siding, cement siding, stucco, etc. are also available.

Standard two car openings are 7′ high by 16′ wide. We use a 12″ x 18′ header or lamenated beams to ensure that your garage door opening does not sag over the years and cause problems with your opening. We can custom fit any size door to your specifications should you have the need.

Our garage doors can be customized to include windows, locks, and an array of colors. We guarantee the door for life and include a one year warranty on parts and labor and five years on the springs. Door openers will be installed at the time of garage door installations if needed.

Electrical work is the final step and requires a separate permit. It can be done either by the home owner or a licensed electrician.

We do not build garage kits! All of our lumber is hand picked with respect to straightness and environmentally friendly products from environmentally responsible companies.

Floor Plans and Trusses

Floor Plans & Trusses

Typical Garage Sizes:

Many other sizes are available to choose from. Let us know what fits your needs.


4/12 is the standard truss pitch. The storage trusses can go up to 10/12 for extra attic space.

Room in Attic Engineered Truss

Spread Web Engineered Truss Design

Spread Web "Storage"Engineered Truss Design

Siding Options

Siding Options

Available Types of Siding

LP SmartSide

Treated Engineered Wood Siding, made in Minnesota. It's our environmental choice for durability, looks, and cost.

Stucco Panel

Stucco PanelAn excellent alternative to standard stucco.

Vinyl Siding

Best price and maintenance free.

Nova Brick

Great look and accents corners well.

Hardiboard Cement Siding

Good look, but expensive.


We'll match your Minneapolis and St Paul Garage to the texture of your home A beautiful and maintenance free look to your Garage.


5 5 1
Fantastic work. Had some issues with scheduling and a no show with the demo crew, but Joe fixed the problem immediately and took extra steps to ensure a wonderful garage was built. Great concrete crew, great framing crew, and great electrician. Thanks Joe! Would recommend Mpls Garage to everyone!

5 5 1
Fantastic work. Had some issues with scheduling and a no show with the demo crew, but Joe fixed the problem immediately and took extra steps to ensure a wonderful garage was built. Great concrete crew, great framing crew, and great electrician. Thanks Joe! Would recommend Mpls Garage to everyone!

5 5 1
I started out interviewing 3 companies and Minneapolis Garage was the easiest to work with and had the best price. Joe Slavec was always punctual and responded quickly to any questions we had. One of the big differences for us was that it seemed like the other companies would only sell a "standard" garage kit and build it the way that they wanted. Joe was willing to work with us and as a result we got a semi-custom design that matched our house better and allowed us to get more features that we wanted. We decided to hire Minneapolis Garage Builders and they did a great job and paid special attention to the details that we wanted. It was a great experience for us and I would highly recommend them to anyone that is looking for a good garage builder. We had the garage built in the summer of 2015 and now a year later it still looks great and has been a great change to our property. It was an A+ experience for us, Joe and Minneapolis Garage Builders were great to work with. Description of work: We demolished an old 1 car south Minneapolis garage that was falling apart and replaced with a new 2 stall 24x24 garage with an upper storage loft

5 5 1
Joe, Travis and Richard with their seasoned crew followed through from quote to final inspection and were easily accessible whenever questions arose. I have recommended them to neighbors who have taken tours of the 30 x 22 structure. They as well as myself are very pleased with the addition to our neighborhood. Every dollar spent has increased the value of my property accordingly!

5 5 1
This was the first building my wife and I had ever done. Needless to say, Joe and his guys put up with a lot of questions, emails and phone calls. They always answered our questions as well as informed or educated us on the building process. We are very happy with our new garage! I will also add that the contractors building an adjacent retail store as well as the St. Louis Park inspector that inspected it made unsolicited comments on how solid the garage was built. Thank you Joe! Description of work: Demolished an old single car garage and built a 24'x24' with overhead storage.

5 5 1
We hired Minneapolis Garage Builders to construct a 22'x22' In South Mpls We needed help deciding on the exact size and placement of the garage in our yard- it was very helpful to have a professional who knew the setback information and a company that has built so many of our neighbors garages We were also very impressed with the overall process and each and every person involved in the process It took about 4 weeks start to finish - they came highly recommended and for good reason. They do great work !

TWIN CITIES garage builders

Angie's List
Super Service Award Winner
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Don't take our word for it!

Here are some of our customer testimonials:

Tadd's Review 22' X 24' garage with landscaping, custom fencing and cement slab.

Mark's Review Tear down and rebuilt 2-car garage, sidewalk and electrical.

Ann's Review Tear down for a new 2-car garage, color matched the home's vinyl siding.

Daryl's Review 20' X 24' garage including cement slab and driveway.

Scott's Review covering landscaping concrete and building a 2.5 car garage.

Before and After shot

South Minneapolis:

Uncommon Gardens, 5775 Lyndale Ave S
Thanks for the nice job you did remodeling this old commercial station. You turned a neighborhood eyesore into a beautiful shop for my new business. You not only did a great job of coming up with creative solutions, you kept me informed and stayed within the budget! I was extremely pleased with the end result, as well as the constant level of communication and professionalism. Thanks again-Good luck with your future builds!
Peggy Poore - Owner of Uncommon Gardens



6037 Dupont Ave S Mpls
22 x 22 Smartlap siding - 6" trim 18' garage door

I must say that you lived up to the comments posted on your website. Communication was excellent - thanks for being so responsive to my emails and accommodating to my requests, especially on some of the items that needed some extra coordination (tree removal, sidewalk removal) - I always felt at ease knowing I could get a hold of you easily and that you would respond quickly. Bonus points for hauling off those railroad ties too - that was a big help! I'm very happy with the way things turned out, and I would definitely recommend Minneapolis Garage to others!

Thanks for everything - best of luck on your future projects!
-Jared Jones

South Minneapolis

Detached 5201 @ 5205 France Ave S, 20' x 20' Vinyl siding
I thought I would take a few minutes to write you a letter and let you know how pleased I am with my new garage. I really feel that things went very smoothly. You gave me a construction timetable of two weeks and actually beat it by four days. You guys really know what you are doing! I was especially impressed and surprised to see that the same guy who gave me the bid was the lead carpenter on your framing crew. Even my neighbors remarked on the quality and speed in which the job was accomplished.

Thanks again for a job well done!
Tony Dobek


Detached 4131 Zenith Ave N, 2 1/2 car garage, vinyl cedar shake
As promised, here is a reference letter - you guys did a great job starting with tearing down my old garage! My neighbors commented that they didn't even know you were here and we were all impressed when we couldn't even find one nail! Thank you for your ideas and being patient with me changing my mind on size and style. You guys kept me informed of the building schedule and everything went up right on schedule. You can be proud of the fine work you do and use my garage as a reference for future jobs.

Best regards,
Scott Shepard

South Minneapolis

Detached 5249 44th Ave S (Cedar siding and custom gable door)
I was impressed with your company from the beginning. You listened to my needs and wants, sent me a bid, and left me alone. Your style of letting an owner call you rather than harrassing me with phone calls was preferential. My next door neighbor had a detach started to be built by your competitor at the same time and finished six weeks after my garage was completed. Your custom door on my gable looks so cool, I am very happy with your work and am sooo glad I did not go with the other company!

Jim Ridinger

Volunteer Work Reference


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Kids Playhouse (donated lumber)
I'm the guy you so graciously gave some lumber to last Spring when you tore a garage down in Minneapolis. I was in that neighborhood a few week ago at my dentist and decided to drive by to see your work...the garage is beautiful.

I thought I'd send you a picture of what I did with the scrap lumber.... I'm not done yet with this very unconventional structure but the lumber I got from you went a long way and saved me a lot of $$ to help raise my 4 children.

Thank you very much,
Jim Sadlovsky