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Nov 20 2017

Preparing Your Car for Winter – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Driving Safety,Seasonal

Preparing Your Car for WinterAs the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, you know it’s time to get your vehicles ready for winter. An inspection by your mechanic will ensure that your fluids are topped off, tires are properly inflated and the battery will hold its charge. Most garages offer inspections at a reasonable rate, sometimes at a discount if you are getting other service like an oil change or tires rotated.

 

Now that you have the assurance of a vehicle in tip top shape whose tires can handle the slick roads, wipers that efficiently clear the windshield, and a heater that keeps the cabin toasty, it is time to add a few items to that winterized car. Gas is first on the list. Keep the tank full to prevent moisture from freezing in the lines and to be prepared for those unexpected delays in traffic. Most of us pump our own fuel these days and it is miserable to fill up on a cold, windy, sloshy day, so do like I do, and take care of that tank on a sunny afternoon.

 

Emergency items to consider carrying include, ice scraper, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, rock salt or kitty litter for traction, a phone charger, extra clothing, a blanket, spare change and a snack or two. If you have kids don’t forget to add a few toys to keep them occupied when they get bored with what they brought. Do yourself a favor and pack your gear in waterproof tubs with lids. Not only will it keep your stuff dry, it makes it easier to move it around the trunk or hatchback when loading groceries, etc. Also, you can easily remove it at the end of the season and store it for next year.

 

Of course, we can never be prepared for every unexpected situation, but it doesn’t hurt to try.  Stay warm and stay safe.

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Oct 30 2017

Garage Apartment Plans Make Great Weekend Homes

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Garage Apartment Plans

Are you thinking about building a weekend home? Garage apartment plans are a nice alternative to a vacation home and provide comfortable accommodations plus sheltered parking. Additionally, the garage allows you to store motorized vehicles and other items that you might only use on the weekend. Depending on your property, you might need room to store a gold cart, ATV, motorcycle or Jet Ski. A garage apartment plan is the perfect solution featuring parking/storage space and comfortable living quarters. Below are two examples of garage apartment plans that would be suitable for a weekend home.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 062G-0084062G-0084: For those who love modern styling, this nifty garage apartment has definite appeal for those wishing to own a modern weekend home. The two-car garage offers space along the back wall for working at the workbench. The spacious 10’ ceiling is a thoughtful extra. Check out the private entrance for the apartment. It has a handy bench and a coat closet at the foot of the interior staircase. Upstairs you will find an efficient but sweet two-bedroom apartment, ideal for you and the kids or weekend guests. Natural light bathes the living area and kitchen from multiple windows. Conveniently hidden behind a closed door is a stacked washer/dryer. Occupants can step out onto a charming balcony to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Whether used as a weekend home, rented for extra income or housing extended family, this garage apartment is a sure step about a useful two-car garage.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 051G-0101051G-0101: An attractive multi-material façade presents a pretty picture for this carriage house plan. Enter the apartment from a covered porch adorned with a brick archway. Interior stairs lead to the 798 square foot apartment. One can also access the staircase from a door in the garage. Vaulted ceilings top the great room, kitchen, and bedroom adding a sense of spaciousness to the efficient living quarters. The kitchen features an island that can be used for food prep or dining. Laundry concerns are met with a laundry closet located across from a handy pantry. Don’t forget there is a 3-car garage on the main floor for all your auto and storage needs. Whether utilizing the apartment for your weekend home, guests, boarders or hired help, it is truly a jewel added to your domain.

 

If you’d like to view more options like these, browse our entire collection of garage apartment plans.

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Oct 05 2017

Barn Plans? We Have Them

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Barn Plans

If you own horses or other livestock or you wish to add a barn to your property, we have plenty of barns to choose from. Below are three examples of the types of barn plans we offer. Take some time to review these plans.

 

Barn Plan 012B-0001012B-0001: Here’s a champion of a horse barn. This outbuilding plan takes care of horses and riders in style. The main level offers nine stalls each with outside doors, two feed and equipment rooms, a tack room, a horse wash, plus a half bath and a center aisle that is ten feet wide. Doors on each end of the building make accessibility a breeze. Outside stairs lead to two apartments with an open floor design and a 27’ x 27’ studio.   Each apartment has a living room, kitchen, laundry and full bath. One has three bedrooms. Both apartments and the studio have second story porches large enough for a couple of chairs or maybe a grill.  A full bath in the studio adds to the convenience and versatility of that space. Use the apartments to house ranch hands or extended guests or perhaps create a board and breakfast. The studio could double as a bunk room or party room, or utilize that space for storage, hobbies or exercise. This plan’s multitude of possibilities, easily places it in the winner’s circle.

 

Barn Plan 007G-0022007G-0022: This unique garage plan just about covers it all, literally. The main level offers a two-car garage, three horse stalls, and a long, covered porch suitable for visiting, grilling, musing, or napping. The end stall also has an overhead door making it useful for storing tack or lawn equipment if you prefer. Interior stairs lead to a three-bedroom apartment with two full baths. Additionally, you’ll find an efficient kitchen, a place to play, and numerous storage spaces. It’s all wrapped up in an attractive exterior and topped with gambrel roof and cupola.  This design makes a welcome addition to any farm, ranch or homestead.

 

Barn Plan 066B-0003066B-0003: Here is a perfect companion to a log home. This rustic horse barn plan includes four stalls that open to both the center aisle of the barn and to the outside. A tack room and feed room provide storage for your animal’s necessities. Room for the tractor is an added convenience. The 12’ alley down the center of the barn makes it easy to enter or exit through the doors on each end. Interior stairs lend access to the storage loft. Doors on each end of the offer options for loading and unloading bales of hay or straw. Add function and beauty to your homestead with this functional and practical barn plan.

 

For more plans like these, be sure to browse our entire collection of barn plans.

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Aug 31 2017

Three European-Style, Detached Garage Plans

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Detached Garage Plans

Adding a detached garage plan to your home adds extra parking and storage space while increasing the value of your home. If you have a European-style home, then we have three European-style, detached garage plans that are worth considering. These plans feature the elegant style and details of European design while offering the functionality of a detached garage. Take some time to review these European-style garage plans.

European Garage Plan 020G-0002020G-0002: This handsome, two-car garage with its European stylings is sure to compliment residences of similar design. Quaint window shutters and a cupola add to its visual charm and curb appeal. The floor plan provides space to park two cars, but notice there is an alcove with shelves for storing tools and gear. Generously sized, there is space on the side for lawn equipment and whatnot. An inner staircase leads to a roomy loft with a 9’ ceiling. Imagine utilizing this space for your storage needs. What a great way to keep the clutter out of the house. But if you are already flush with storage spaces, consider finishing this space as a game room, dance studio, or hobby workshop.

 

European Garage Plan 025G-0008025G-0008: Check out this appealing three-car garage. Its sleek and classy design is punctuated with European charm. Curved lintels over the windows, doors, and porte cochere lend to a refined elegance. One side protects one vehicle and the other keeps two, with the porte cochere in between. It offers a sophisticated covered entry to your motor court. A pull-down stair in the double garage provides ample storage above.

 

 

European Garage Plan 006G-0093006G-0093: Twin columns on pedestals support a gentle arch topping the double garage door of this fantastic garage plan. Arched windows and a cupola lend to its European flavor. Two deep bays can accommodate boat storage. A shop with a workbench and storage space is a do-it-yourselfer’s dream. Imagine the projects that can be accomplished! There’s even a covered porch for taking a break or contemplating the next project. Foot traffic can enter through side doors and navigate the interior stairs to the flexible loft space. What a great place for a rec room! With a full bath, the loft space not only offers a place for cleaning up after working in the shop, but it can easily convert to a guest room for weekend visitors. Designed for flexibility, the possibilities are endless for its potential uses. Consider an exercise room, art studio, man cave or sewing room.

For other possibilities, view our entire collection of garage plans.

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Jul 27 2017

Need Boat Storage? Check out these Garage Plans

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Garage Plans with Boat Storage

If you own a boat or another watercraft, protect your investment by building a garage plan with boat storage. These detached garages are available in a variety of sizes and architectural styles making it easy to find one that fits your lot and blends nicely with your home. Take some time to review the following garage plans with boat storage.

Garage Plan 051G-0097051G-0097 – Here’s a nifty 3-car garage plan that will look respectable in any neighborhood. The third bay is deep enough for boat storage, ideal for your fishing boat. The covered porch offers a shady spot for gassing up the lawnmower or taking a break from yard work, plus it provides a protected service entrance for foot traffic.

 

 

 

Garage Plan 012G-0025012G-0025 – This 3-car garage plan was designed for a sloping lot tucking neatly into a hillside. Three bays are all deep enough to accommodate a boat.  But if you aren’t looking to house three boats, you can use the space for your antique car, pick-up truck, lawn equipment, workbench, tools, etc. This garage plan with boat storage offers a handsome addition to any homestead with a world of storage solutions.

 

 

Garage Plan 007G-0015007G-0015 – A multi-material façade makes this garage plan an attractive addition to your property. It has three bays, one with a 16’ ceiling, making it ideal for a boat or RV. The storage closet at the back is perfect for keeping accessories or tools organized. Exit the service door to the patio and enjoy a deserved rest.

 

 

 

Garage Plan 062G-0065062G-0065 – Here’s a 2-car garage plan with an 18’ wide door and a 12’ ceiling. It is suitably sized for boat storage, but it also considers your lawn care needs. An overhead utility door in the back provides easy access to the riding mower and other lawn equipment. The handsome brick exterior is easy on the eyes and the covered porch offers a great space for work or play.

 

 

 

Garage Plan 009G-0010009G-0010 – Consider the possibilities of this two-car garage plan with flex space. It is deep enough to accommodate a boat, and the cheerful oft might make a great office for the captain.  Or if you prefer, finish the loft as a game room, storage space, or perhaps a trophy room for displaying your greatest catches.  A covered side porch offers protection for the service entrance.

 

 

 

Garage Plan 035G-0017035G-0017 – From the front, this quaint stone structure with its arched roof and door, looks like a house for a Hobbit, but it is so much more.  Built on a slope toward the water, this boat house protects your boat on the water. With finished living space above that include a full bath and kitchen, you can relax in style. It offers you and your guests a respite from a day on the boat.  Just dock the boat below and convene upstairs for a meal, a party, or a good night’s sleep. A charming balcony provides a lakeside view for watching the sunset or for enjoying your morning coffee before departure.

For more designs like these, view our entire collection of garage plans with boat storage

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