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Aug 13 2019

Versatile Two-Car Garage Plan with Carport

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: 2-Car Garage plans,Garage Plans with Carports

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There’s nothing like taking care of the necessities but this handsome traditional garage plan offers much more. It offers two garage bays, two overhead doors, two service entries, a storage closet and a carport on the side. Make good use of the storage closet for stashing away lawn and garden tools that usually clutter a garage and get underfoot. But the most versatile feature is the carport. Sure it’s a great place for junior to park his first car or to shelter grandma’s vehicle when she visits, but the possibilities are endless. It could be a roller rink for the little ones or a storage space for bicycles and pool toys. Dad could stow and tinker on his riding mower or motorcycle, protected from the sun. It is suitable for storing a pair of kayaks or a jet ski. Add a chin-up bar and box jump for your own outside gym. With some lawn furniture and a grill, you’re ready for a family get-together. Let your imagination run wild and enjoy this 2-car garage plan with carport.  

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Jul 22 2019

She Sheds: A Woman’s Retreat

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Shed plans

The current trend of “She Sheds” can be met by any of our attractive shed plans. The woman of the house can decorate and decide the use of her very own exclusive space. It’s her retreat away from everyone else where she can pursue crafting, yoga, reading or just hanging out in a peaceful space. Below are just a few of the plans we offer with some ideas about how to use them.

021S-0001: This attractive garden shed works great for storing garden tools, potting plants on the workbench and then cleaning up with the utility sink. There’s even a covered area on the side for parking a lawn tractor. But think beyond the box. Throw open those double doors and let the natural light shine on your projects and pursuits. Instead of a potting shed, what about a pottery shed, wood shop or art studio? Plus, the protected area on the side is ideal for grilling and dining on a girl’s day out.

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072S-0019: Here’s an adorable shed plan that is available in a range of sizes to suit your needs. If the oval windows and arched door aren’t cute enough, check out the flower box waiting for your green thumb to bring it life. Whether you add an easy chair to kick back and enjoy a novel or a table to pursue scrapbooking, you’re sure to enjoy your space!

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028S-0008: Check it out! This attractive shed plan looks like a mini house and the interior space is even better! Double doors enable you to haul all sorts of equipment, projects and hobby supplies in and out without any trouble. Or, envision a dance studio. The back wall is perfect for mirrors and a bar. You’ll appreciate the storage space above where you can organize leotards and costumes.

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072S-0005: Here’s an attractive, but rather nondescript shed plan. Its plain and simple design makes one think it is a boring storage shed full of rakes, old pots and the lawnmower. Ahhh! But wait. That is the beauty of this shed plan. It is a diversion to keep curious onlookers away while she builds her castle inside the space. Think about adding a craft table, yoga mat or comfortable reading chair. Maybe you prefer a work station where you can write stories and poetry. This hideaway comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs and available space.

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For a greater selection of shed plans, browse our entire collection to find the one that satisfies your needs and fits your lifestyle.

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Apr 30 2019

Garage Apartment or Vacation Home?

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Apartment Plans

Want to build a vacation home? Build a garage apartment plan. They are practical, provide sheltered parking and deliver all the basics you need in a vacation home. Many of our garage apartment plans make great vacation homes. They provide comfortable living quarters for you, family and guests plus protection for vehicles and/or storage for all your vacation toys. Below are a few garage apartments plans that are suitable for weekend getaways.

063G-0001: Slow down and relax with this laid-back Southern style garage apartment plan. The garage accommodates two autos. Upstairs you’ll find a simple but completely comfy studio apartment. There is a coat closet in the main living area and a walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom.  A stacked washer/dryer resides in the full bath providing means for keeping your duds clean. 

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039G-0001: With its rustic style, this unique garage apartment plan is very suitable for a wooded lot. A three-car garage provides space for you and your guest’s vehicles or perhaps use one bay to store quad runners and fishing gear. The apartment above offers two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, family room and dining room.  Enjoy the outdoors on the wrap-around porch. Ascend the nifty spiral stairs in the family room to the cupola. Use it as an extra bedroom for guests or perhaps a hobby room getaway.

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006G-0106: If you have a great view on a sloping lot, consider this garage apartment plan. Vaulted ceilings throughout contribute to a spacious feel. A walk-in pantry and walk-in closets provide lots of storage in this open design. A garage with a double and single bay offers a world of choices for storing vehicles and other necessities like wave runners or quads. You may even decide to use the single side for a fabulous workshop or hobby room. Add the optional deck, and you are set for one great weekend at the lake.

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062G-0116: This totally modern looking garage apartment plan fits the space of a narrow lot.  Wherever you find to build it, this is simplicity at its best. All of life’s necessities like a place to sleep, eat, clean up and visit are all wrapped up in a neat contemporary package. A two-car garage even offers a work bench for your puttering or hobby needs. Interior stairs can be accessed from both inside and outside the garage bay. Enjoy planning your day from a nifty second floor balcony.

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Check out or full collection of garage apartment plans to find one that is suited for your ideal vacation home.

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Apr 01 2019

Traditional-Style Detached Garage Plans – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Traditional-Style Garage Plans

Traditional-style detached garage plans are available in abroad range of sizes and offer a variety of features from lofts and workshops to attached carports, storage space, half baths, and full apartments. Additionally, they blend well with most architectural home styles. Below are a few traditional garage plans that will help you discover what you are looking for in a traditional-style garage plan.

009G-0007: With its obvious curb appeal, this traditional-style garage plan accommodates three vehicles. Two overhead doors expand its usefulness for vehicle storage. You may be tempted to use the single bay for storing a tractor or lawn equipment instead of a car. It would also make a great space for a workshop or storage. A convenient side porch serves as a pedestrian entrance. 

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006G-0018: Handsome functionality is expressed by this double garage plan. Its traditional styling will compliment most architectural home styles. It has a 9’ ceiling and a side-entry service door. With 538 square feet, it will accommodate two of your family vehicles.

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051G-0091: This traditional-style garage plan features excellent curb appeal with a brick and siding façade. Its 2000 square foot vaulted interior will appeal to the home owner. One bay houses your RV and the other holds the family car plus plenty of room for bikes, kayaks and lawn equipment. There’s lots of windows for light and a handy utility sink.

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050G-0003: Front facing gables give this garage plan with loft traditional styling. A handy covered porch protects the front and rear service entries. Imagine setting up a shop or storage area on the first level. Stairs lead to a loft space with a cathedral ceiling. It is ideal for storage or create your own hobby or party room.

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Take some time to browse our full collection of garage plans to find more ideas or the garage plans that fits your needs.

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Feb 28 2019

Landscaping for your New Garage

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden

After the construction of your new garage has been completed, you and your family will be staring at a large patch of dirt. Try to think of it as “tabula rasa” or “blank sheet.” Here it is, a canvas for painting with your landscaping skills. No skills? No worries. There are professionals for that.

Hopefully your construction project has been completed in late spring or early fall, as these are the best times to grow grass. So much has been written about lawn building, you will have no trouble finding information on types of grass seeds and sods that are available and what works best in your region. Decide how much of that dirt patch should be lawn, keeping in mind kids and dogs, swing sets and basketball hoops.

Laying Sod

It’s best to water a new lawn daily until it’s well established. Experts advise watering early in the morning and again in the evening on hot days. Rain gauges will help monitor how much water is being delivered and yes, it is possible to water too much and damage the roots.

Shrubs and hedges, plus flower beds can help create boundaries. Future shade can be created by judicious placement of trees. Consider other shade options for the present like a trellis, arbor or pergola.

While you are painting your blank canvas, don’t forget about water features. Since pipes and water lines are marked, it’s a good time to dig if you plan to install a koi pond, waterfall or fountain beside your new garage.

Consider items like concrete benches, stepping stones, statues and other hardscape features. Installing items that require foundations or leveling will be easier to place on your dirt lot now, rather than digging up an established lawn later.

Of course, no matter how much planning one does, somewhere down the road something will have to go, change, or be replaced. So, don’t be intimated for tomorrow by what you do today. When the time comes, you will be ready to tackle the next landscaping project.

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