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Oct 18 2016

Garage Plans with Flexible Spaces to Suit Many Needs

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Plans with Flex Space

There’s no doubt that today’s homeowners have widely different needs from one another. When it comes to the garage, it is almost impossible to find two people that need or want the same type of garage. Garage plans with flexible spaces are designed to accommodate a broad range of needs when it comes to adding a detached garage to your backyard. In addition to offering extra parking, garage plans with flex space feature some type of finished living space that is designed for a particular purpose, but flexible enough to change as your lifestyle and needs change. You might need a home office while the kids are young so you have a quiet place to work above the garage, but you might find that you need a guest room 20 years from now for when the kids return home for the holidays. Garage plans with flexible spaces offer the opportunity to “flex” and change as your needs and lifestyle change. These detached garages are available in a wide variety of sizes and architectural styles. Below are a few examples of garage plans with flex space. Take some time to consider your lifestyle, you might just find the right one to accommodate your needs.


Garage Plan with Flex Space 051G-0075051G-0075: For those who need a lot of parking, this two-story garage offers parking for up to six cars (or boat storage in the two tandem bays) plus it provides a recreation room the whole family can enjoy. If there’s not enough room in the main house for entertaining, you’ll appreciate the game room where the family can enjoy some relaxing time together, and it offers a place for your teenagers to hang out with friends without disrupting the entire household. With a half bath and utility room, this garage plan with flex space can easily convert to a sleeping loft to handle weekend guests.


076G-0015: Just right for the work-at-home parent, this garage plan with flex space provides a double garage plus an office on the second floor. Plenty of windows fill the office with natural light while a half bath and kitchenette offer the accommodations you’ll need for a full day’s work without ever setting foot in the main home until the end of the workday. And when the time comes for you to retire, this space will easily convert to an art studio, sewing room or pottery room for those with plenty of hobbies to pursue.


Garage Plan with Flex Space 062G-0059062G-0059: This modern two garage plan offers flexible space in the form of a loft studio. This space is ideal for painters and musicians to practice their talents. It allows a place to store and use materials, tools, and instruments without having to clean up or pack up everything after a practice session. In the future, this space will easily convert to guest quarters. A full bath and kitchenette will offer your guests all the comforts of home with a little privacy.


012G-0129: This three-car garage plan with workshop is sure to please with family handy man while Mom enjoys working on pottery and other art projects upstairs. But don’t be fooled! When the time comes, the art studio can easily transform into a recreation room or media room. Or maybe you prefer to transform it into a studio apartment. The possibilities are endless with this garage plan with flex space.


Garage Plan with Flex Space 035G-0022035G-0022: Two tandem bays offer boat storage or parking for up to four cars with this garage plan with flex space. The studio and kitchen accommodate a home based business or provide a place to work on hobbies. The loft upstairs delivers storage. However, if you ever need a guest suite, simply enclose the loft and convert it to a bedroom. Your weekend guests can use the studio for a sitting area and the kitchen and full bath will offer ample accommodations.


No matter your needs, garage plans with flex space can deliver the parking you need plus that extra space for your special needs.

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Sep 26 2016

We’ve Got a Garage Plan for That!

Talk to just about anyone you know and they will tell you they need more space – more storage space, more parking space, more work space, more living space, etc. Detached garage plans are the perfect “space” solution for a broad range of needs. Homeowners add detached garages to their backyards in an effort to create space. Some build garages on different types of property to create space for other specific needs. If you take a little time to think about your needs and consider the variety of garage plans available, you too, will see that detached garages have much to offer. With so many detached garage plans available, we’ve probably got a garage plan that will accommodate your needs. So, take some time to consider your lifestyle and needs and determine what type of garage plan will accommodate you best.


Need more parking? We’ve got garage a garage plan for that!

Modern Garage Plan 050G-0035Whether you need to add just one extra sheltered parking space or a few, we probably have the design you’re looking for. We offer everything from simple 1-car garage plans to 3-car and 4 car garage plans. They are available in a variety of sizes and architectural styles ensuring you’ll find the right one to match your home and fit your lot. Our garage plans are available in traditional, country and modern styles just to name a few. Some are simply basic designs while others have all the bells and whistles like a full or half bath, storage closet, loft space, or workshop area. If you only wish to have extra parking, a basic garage plan will do.


Need a place to store your boat or RV? We’ve got garage a garage plan for that!

RV Garage Plan 051G-0091No matter if you prefer the open road or the open water, we’ve got detached garage plans that will protect your investments from the elements. Garage plans with boat storage offer at least one extra deep bay and sometimes an oversized garage door for storing boats and trailers. Our RV garage plans deliver at least one oversized garage bay that is extra deep, extra tall and outfitted with an oversized garage door to accommodate the height, length and width of a motor home, RV or camper.


Need more storage space? We’ve got a garage plan for that!

Garage Plan with Loft 010G-0006Face it. Over time, people accumulate A LOT of STUFF! If you’re in need of more storage space, consider our garage plans with storage or our garage loft plans. Some garage plans with storage offer parking for the family cars plus a separate room for storing boxes, lawn and garden tools, the family bikes, patio furniture, lawn mower or recycling bins. Other storage garage plans just offer extra space on one side of the garage or in the rear giving you room to add storage shelves or cabinets to get organized. Garage plans with a loft offer just that! They feature parking on the main level and an unfinished storage loft above. Depending on the design, the loft can be accessed by a pull-down stair or a full staircase, and it is a great place for storing seasonal items, holiday decorations, and basement or attic overflow.


Need more living space? We’ve got a garage plan for that!

Garage Plan with Flex Space 035G-0001Whether you’re outgrowing your home and cannot afford to buy a larger house or you just need a private living space for work or weekend guests, we probably have a detached garage plan to accommodate your needs. Our collection of garage plans with flex space and garage apartment plans provide extra finished living space in a variety of arrangements. Garage plans with flex space offer parking plus a finished living area that can “flex” and change as your needs and lifestyle changes. For example, design 051G-0089 offers a recreation room, hobby room and full bath. This might be ideal if you’re raising teenagers. They will have a place to hang out with friends in the rec room or use the hobby room for jam sessions. You’ll appreciate that the noise is contained away from the main house. However, after the kids have grown and moved away, you might opt to use the living space as a small apartment for when the kid and grandkids come home to visit for the holidays. Or you might opt to convert the rec room into your yoga studio or home office and convert the hobby area into your sewing room.


Garage Apartment Plan 072G-0028Garage apartment plans are another solution for parking and living space. In addition to at least a 1-car garage or larger, these designs offer living quarters either as a studio apartment or as a full apartment with walls and separated living spaces. Most garage apartment plans offer the basic amenities when it comes to living quarters but they will all include at least one full bath and a kitchenette. These designs are well suited for use as a guest retreat, mother-in-law suite, or living quarters for the nanny, hired hands, etc. Additionally, they work well for college students who are looking for a little independence but aren’t quite yet ready to leave home. Garage apartment plans can even be used as rental property providing extra parking and a source of income.


In addition to the types of garage plans mentioned above, we also offer tandem garages, garage plans with a workshop, and garage plans with a carport. And for those who need sheltered parking but can’t afford the costs of building a garage plan, take some time to consider building a carport plan instead. Please visit The Garage Plan Shop to view our extensive collection of garage plans.

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Aug 31 2016

Garage Apartment Plans: The Alternative Hunting Cabin

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Apartment Plans

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but the fall hunting season is just around the corner. Are you already thinking about getting deer camp ready for this fall’s hunt? Do you need to do a little maintenance to your camper or gather your camping gear? You wouldn’t have to do either of these if you had a hunting cabin or permanent structure to stay in while you hunt, and we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Garage apartment plans are an ideal alternative to a hunting cabin. Not only do they offer comfortable living quarters, but they also offer an entire garage for parking and storage. You can’t beat that! Face it, hunters have a lot of hunting gear and a garage apartment plan is sure to accommodate all of your needs.

In general, garage apartment plans deliver parking and storage on the main floor with living quarters positioned above the garage. They feature a one-car garage or larger, with either an open studio apartment or a full apartment (with separated living and sleeping areas) on the second level making them a better choice than most hunting cabins that to not offer garage space. Garage apartment plans vary in size, style and the amenities they offer, but all of them provide a warm and comfortable sleeping space, a place to prepare meals, a space to relax and sheltered parking or storage space. Garage apartment plans that double as hunting cabins ensure that every hunter enjoys the hunt. Below is a list of features that make garage apartment plans a suitable hunting cabin:


  • Flexible garage area that can be used for parking your truck, SUV or ATV and storing hunting gear so you store your gear in one place for next year
  • Compact kitchen for making coffee, plugging in the crock pot or cooking a warm meal
  • Full bath (you’ll appreciate a hot shower on a cold day)
  • Open gathering space to relax or tell stories with your hunting buddies
  • Covered porches or decks for grilling, relaxing and enjoying the view
  • Bedroom or studio for sleeping on a comfortable bed or couch instead of using a cot or sleeping bag


The following is a list highlights a few of our most popular garage apartment plans that are often used as a “cabin in the woods.” Each plan has special features that make it popular. Take some time to check out these designs:


Garage Apartment Plan 012G-0047012G-0047:  Covered carports on each side of this garage apartment offer extra parking space, room to store a boat or other motorized vehicles, or they can be used as covered porches for grilling and relaxing. The art studio/living area makes a nice dining and gathering space and the workshop could easily be used for hunting gear.



Garage Apartment Plan 066G-0003066G-0003: A rustic exterior allows this garage apartment plan to blend nicely with the surrounding wooded landscape. The lock off storage area tucked behind the garage offers space for a gun safe or a place to store your hunting bow and accessories when you’re not in the woods. On the upper level, a fireplace will warm you on a cold night and covered deck is ideal for firing up the grill or smoker. A comfortable bedroom and full bath complete this accommodating garage apartment.


Garage Apartment Plan 072G-0030072G-0030: This garage apartment plan features a compact design offering only the basics making it an economical choice for a hunting cabin. The two-car garage offers sheltered parking while the combined living and dining area deliver comfortable gathering space. The bedroom features semi-private bath access and a laundry closet makes it easy to wash and dry wet or dirty clothes during your extended stays at deer camp.


Garage Apartment Plan 051G-0069051G-0069:A two-car garage and hobby area deliver plenty of parking and storage on the main level. Use the hobby room for storing your gear and the garage for your truck and ATV. The covered porch offers a place to kick off your muddy boots before entering. On the second floor one bedroom and a deluxe bath deliver comfortable accommodations while the office space could easily be finished as a second bedroom for one of your hunting buddies. Take care of dirty laundry with the washer and dryer placed conveniently near the kitchen. Finally, the covered balcony provides a peaceful place to enjoy the view of your property.


Garage apartment plans are flexible and versatile. While they offer a nice alternative to a hunting cabin, they are also suitable for use as a fishing cabin by the lake or a weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts who just need a place to get away from it all now and then.

If you’re in the market for a hunting cabin our garage apartment plans should not be overlooked. For additional options, please browse our collection of garage plans with flex space.

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Jul 26 2016

Three-Car Garage Plans Designed for Various Uses

If you have the need for extra parking or storage space or you need add more living area to your home, three-car garage plans are the ideal solution! These plans are available in a variety of sizes and architectural styles, but they are also designed for a multitude of purposes and uses. Your lifestyle and needs will determine what type of detached, three-car garage plan is right for you. Consider these examples:


Basic Three-Car Garage Plan – 028G-0028Three-Car Garage Plan 028G-0028: This detached, three-car garage is a basic plan designed primarily for the purpose of parking three automobiles and protecting them from the elements. Simple garage plans like this are also suitable for storage handling basement and/or attic overflow, accommodating the family bikes, providing room from the recycling bins, and a storage area for lawn and garden tools.


Garage Apartment Plan 023G-0002Garage Apartment Plan – 023G-0002: Take a look at this three-car garage apartment plan. Not only does it offer parking for the family cars on the main level, it offers comfortable living quarters on the upper level that are ideal for your weekend guests, your college student, or even the nanny. With garage apartment plans, the garage handles all of the usual expectations of a garage, but the living quarters provide versatility. Depending on your needs, the apartment can accommodate boomerang children who have moved back home after college and are seeking independence, or it can offer privacy to your overnight guests. A typical garage apartment plan provides a full bath, compact kitchen and modest living space.


Garage Plan with Loft 012G-0045Garage Plan with Loft – 012G-0045: Designs like this three-car garage plan with loft offer extra parking and extra storage. In most cases the loft area is accessed by a staircase, and can be used for storage or it can be finished as extra living space such as a home office, workout room, hobby area or home theater. In other cases, the loft is accessed by a pull down stair or ladder and is intended to be used simply for storage or seasonal items and old family treasures that you just can’t seem to part with.


Garage Plan with Boat Storage – 050G-0076: Fishing and boating enthusiasts will need a garage plan that offers boat storage. TGarage Plan with Boat Storage 050G-0076hree-car garage plans with boat storage are ideal because they offer at least one extra deep bay (28’ deep or more) to accommodate the boat and trailer. One of the other two bays can be used for parking the truck or SUV that is used to pull the boat to the lake, and the third bay can be used for another family car, motorcycle, jet ski or other motorized items. Some garage plans with boat storage even offer a drive-thru bay eliminating the hassle of backing the boat into the garage.

Garage Plan with Flex Space 051G-0037Garage Plan with Flex Space – 051G-0037: As your lifestyle and needs change overtime, you might find that a three-car garage plan with flex space would be beneficial to you and your family. These designs offer a typical three-car garage plus a flexible finished space that can be used for a variety of needs. Additionally, the flexible space can “flex and change” just as your lifestyle will over time. It can be used to satisfy your family’s needs now, and it can be adjusted or converted into another space to satisfy your needs in the future. With this specific plan, the recreation and hobby rooms provide a space for the kids to hang out with friends, work on crafts, and discover new things. When the kids are grown and have moved out of the house, you might opt to turn the flexible area into a guest suite for when they come home for holiday visits. Or you might wish to satisfy your own needs a create a workout room, art studio or home office several years from now.


No matter what type of 3-car garage plan is suitable for your needs and lifestyle, one thing is certain. Building a new garage will add value to your home and offer more usable space.

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Jun 27 2016

5 Commonly Asked Questions about Garage Plans

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Plan Information

Garage Plan 023G-0003If you are thinking about building a detached garage plan, you probably have questions about the blueprints before you purchase them.Below are the six most commonly asked questions about our garage plans and their answers to help ensure you make the right decision when it comes to buying your garage plans.


Can the garage plans be modified?

Yes! If you’ve found a garage plan that is close to what you need, but it isn’t exactly perfect, our modification team can help you. Simply complete and submit our modification request from, and our modification team will provide a free quote for your changes within a couple of business days. This gives you an opportunity to find out what the extra costs will be for your project before you spend any money on blueprints. We recommend that you review our garage modification page to get a good understanding of how the modification process works and to download the modification request form.


What is included in a set of garage blueprints?

The garage plans published on our website are complete sets blueprints designed for each structure to be built from the ground up. They typically include floor plans, exterior elevations, a foundation plan, interior elevations when applicable, details and/or cross sections, simple plumbing and basic electrical information. NOTE 1: The information included in the blueprints varies from one designer to another. Please contact us with a specific plan number for verification regarding the elements included in a particular blueprint. NOTE 2: Our garage blueprints are actual construction drawings. We do not include any “how to” information or step-by-step instructions. It is necessary that you hire a builder to build your garage or have proficient knowledge of how to read a blueprint in order to build our garage plans. For additional information, please review our recent blog: What is Included in a Set of Garage Blueprints? 


How much does it cost to build a particular garage plan?

Unfortunately, we do not provide an estimated cost to build or a material estimate for our designs. We know the costs for materials and labor vary greatly from one city to the next and sometimes even within the same city. It is impossible for us to know the going rates for materials and labor in all cities, counties, municipalities, etc. So, rather than guessing and quoting you a price that is much too high or much too low for your area, we recommend checking with a few local builders or lumberyards to find out what the going rates are for materials and labor in your area. Most will quote you a dollar amount per square foot, based on mid-grade materials, but it is best to confirm if they are quoting high-end materials, mid-grade, etc. Also, make sure to ask what the quote includes as sometimes it does not include foundation materials and a few other things. We realize this requires a little more research and work on for the person wishing to build a garage, but checking locally will provide you with a reasonable ballpark estimate.


Will the garage plans meet my local building codes?

Our plans are considered to be pre-drawn stock plans. They are designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each plan was created. However, we do not guarantee the plans will meet all local building codes. Our plans are sold and built all over the US and Canada. The codes and requirements you have in your area may be completely different than the codes and requirements for someone building the same plan you are considering in another part of the country. It will be up to you/your builder to make any adjustments necessary to meet local building codes and requirements. You may need to hire a local design professional to add notes to the blueprints regarding some of your local building codes if your builder cannot make these adjustments at the jobsite or if you building department requires them to be shown on the plans in order to get building permits. We recommend talking with your builder and your building department to find out what is allowed in your city, county, etc. as far as making changes and adjustments to meet local building codes.


Are the garage plans sealed or stamped by an engineer or architect?

Our garage plans do not come with an engineer’s or an architect’s seal or stamp. They are considered pre-drawn, stock plans. This means they are designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each plan was created. However, we do not guarantee the plans will meet all local building codes and requirements. Because our plans are sold and built all over the US and Canada, it is impossible for our designers to ensure they will meet all local codes for every location, city, county, municipality, etc. Therefore, our garage plans do not include a seal or stamp, as the seal/stamp is a local requirement. The items required for the seal/stamp in your area are completely different than the requirements for a customer building the same plan you are considering in another part of the country. Often the requirements that coincide with a seal/stamp for a particular state, province, city, etc., are influenced by climactic and geographic elements that are specific to the area where you plan to build making them local requirements. It will be up to you/your builder to hire a local professional to review and seal/stamp the plans. This professional must be licensed in the state/province where the structure is to be built. We recommend finding someone who can review the blueprints and provide a seal before you actually purchase plans. Sometimes the design professional providing the seal/stamp will have a preference as to which plan package he/she works with, and this will influence which plan package you purchase. Most likely he/she will want the CAD file or PDF because it is much easier to work with the electronic format when it comes to adding extra notes and elements to the plan that are necessary to meet local building codes. The only way to be sure about what plan package to purchase is to ask your local design professional before you make a blueprint purchase.


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