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Do you have a question about our services, building materials, or something else? View answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please reach out to us via phone or email. We’re happy to help!

Will there be any hidden costs not on the garage cost estimate?

Any reputable garage contractor should provide you with an accurate and detailed estimate for your project. You should expect the estimate to be correct with no major changes to the total cost. However, not all contractors are accurate in their estimates, and some may not include all costs in their initial estimate.

At Sussel Garages, we strive to provide accurate, free estimates every time. If unforeseen conditions or requirements are discovered after work begins, or if you make design changes after the estimate is provided, sure, some adjustments may be needed. But we always discuss these with you immediately. In most cases, our initial estimate will be exactly what you will pay for your garage. We don’t like surprises any more than you do!

What happens to my existing garage, slab, and driveway?

As a full-service contractor, Sussel Garages can take care of every aspect of your project, from the architectural design to the completion of your new garage and driveway. This includes removal of your old garage, concrete slab, and driveway (if necessary), as well as removal of any other structures, such as fences, trees, and bushes. All debris is cleared, and any recyclable materials are separated for reuse. It’s a lot of work, but we promise to make the entire process as stress-free as possible for you.

Can my new garage be designed to match my home?

Absolutely! As Minnesota’s largest custom garage builder, matching the architectural design of your garage to your home is our specialty. In fact, Sussel is the builder of choice for garages that are required to adhere to strict Historical Society design requirements. Our experienced design team has deep knowledge in garage design, as well as product availability and selection. Over the years, we have developed an extensive network of suppliers and installers. This network allows us to provide products and services many other builders just can’t offer.

What size garage can I build?

Many factors come into play when determining the maximum size of a garage. At Sussel, we begin determining the garage size we can build for you during an evaluation of your particular property. We must also review your local city codes and ordinances before coming up with an answer. Our representatives are very knowledgeable in this area and can clearly explain how your local requirements will affect your garage design.

How long does the process take from start to finish?

With Sussel, once you’ve finalized your garage design, and your city has issued the permit, construction typically takes six to eight weeks from start to finish (weather permitting). Larger and/or more complicated designs can take longer. Your representative should be able to give you a more accurate timeline for your specific project, and the project coordinator will keep you informed every step of the way.

How durable will my new garage be? Does it come with a warranty?

We’re confident our garages are some of the most durable in the industry. With proper maintenance of your Sussel garage, you can expect many, many years of use and enjoyment. We’re so confident in our craftsmanship and materials, we provide an industry-leading, 20-year exclusive warranty. This is twice the structural warranty required by the state of Minnesota. Please see the back of your Sussel contract for more warranty details!

What customizations and design options are available for my new garage?

When it comes to design options with Sussel Garages, the sky’s the limit! We are Minnesota’s number one custom and luxury garage builder. Here is a partial list of options available for your custom-built Sussel garage:

  • Garage Sizes: From single car to the maximum size is allowed by your city.
  • Uniquely Shaped Garages: Attached porches, workshops, kennels—anything you can think of!
  • Roof Styles: Gable, reverse gable, hip, clipped gable, barn, and custom styles.
  • Roofing:  Asphalt shingles, cedar or steel. Any brand, style, or color available in this market.
  • Siding: Vinyl, James Hardie, wood, steel, aluminum, stucco, brick, or stone, plus unlimited trim options. Any brand, style, or color available in this market.
  • Soffit and Fascia: Aluminum, wood, vinyl, composite, etc.
  • Gutters with downspouts.
  • Roof Pitch: Any pitch from 2/12 up to 24/12.
  • Wall Types: Custom designed heights and widths.
  • Attic Rooms: Any custom size (finished or unfinished) with full stairway.
  • Storage Area: Any custom size, with pull down ladder.
  • Custom-Designed Dormers.
  • Insulation: Fiberglass or sprayed.
  • Finished Walls: Sheetrock, taping, and painting.
  • Heating: In-floor, forced air, and infrared.
  • Extensive Window Brand and Style Selection: Silverline, Marvin, Andersen, Pella, Windsor, etc.
  • Garage Doors: Standard, insulated,  custom trim and window options. 
  • Garage Door Openers: Remotes, keypads, and other features.
  • Service Doors: Fiberglass, steel, window options, and many styles to choose from.
  • Electrical Service: Custom-designed packages and options to meet your needs. 
  • Custom driveways and sidewalks
  • Custom Cabinetry.

With a garage by Sussel Garages, the options are endless! If you have something unique in mind for your garage, don’t hesitate to ask us. Chances are we can design it!

What kind of financing is available for my new garage?

As Minnesota’s largest garage builder, Sussel has put together some of the most competitive financing programs available. The strong relationships we’ve developed with lenders ensure our customers receive some of the most competitive and affordable rates and payment terms in the industry. We also offer very competitive financing packages for those with credit or equity concerns. No matter your particular situation, chances are we have a financing package designed to fit you perfectly.