Need a 3-car garage to blend with your European-style home? This detached garage design exudes European flair and begins with a porte cochere which is characteristic of Old World estates and mansions. The porte cochere provides a pass-thru directing cars to the rear of the design where there three rear-entry garage bays awaiting your automobiles. Additionally, the gentle arched openings and windows combined with wing-tipped shutters and carriage style garage doors contribute to the European styling of the design. The garage floor plan features a double garage bay on one side and single garage bay on the other. The single bay is perfect for storing your weekend vehicle or protecting a vintage model you worked to restore to perfect condition. The garage bays and the porte cochere combine to offer 1315 square feet of covered parking and usable space. Visit our website to learn more about this stylish and practical 3-car garage plan
Are you looking for a garage that offers extra storage? This garage plan with loft can satisfy a wide variety of storage needs. The design offers four garage bays. The two on the left are deep enough to serve as tandem bays an easily store two cars each (three cars each if they are small.) Or perhaps you need to store a boat and trailer or your pop up camper. The outside bay on the left is well equipped for that task too. It offers a 10×10 overhead garage door and an 11’ ceiling. You might prefer to store you boat in the bay on the right. It too has a 10×10 overhead garage door and an 11’ ceiling. The bay is deep enough for storing your boat. The two center bays have 10×8 overhead doors and a 9’ ceiling. They are well suited for parking the family cars. Others might used these bays for parking ATVs, a motorcycle, or jetski. With such a flexible arrangement of garage bays, one might opt to store seasonal items, a pair of canoes, the family bikes or a golf cart. Still others may turn one bay into a workshop or a storage area for basement and attic overflow. A utility room, half bath and service area complete the main level. Finish the second floor loft as a recreation room the whole family can enjoy or maybe transform it into a hobby room, art studio or exercise room. If you can’t think of a way to use the loft space, you can always designate it as a storage room. Practical, flexible and designed for various storage needs, this garage plan with boat storage has more to offer than you might expect.
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For many of us the backyard is our home away from home, or more specifically our home outside our house. Many of us will be spending a lot of time in our yards this summer and keeping things safe is just as important in the backyard as it is inside the home. Here are some reminders for backyard safety this summer and throughout the year.
- Grills – Keep your grill at least ten feet away from the side of your house, and keep it away from decks and shrubs. Never use it inside garages or under porches for cover. Keep children and pets away from the grill while in use, and always extinguish the coals before leaving it unattended.
- Decks – Waterproofing will help keep your deck in good shape. Inspect it for cracks and splinters, as well as for screws or nails popping up through the wood. Test railings for sturdiness.
- Plants – Choose plants carefully for your landscape to prevent any interactions like rashes or worse. Likewise inspect existing plants and know what poison ivy looks like and how to remove it safely.
- Pools – Follow existing guidelines and local laws for fencing around a pool. Store chemicals in a safe place and out of reach from children. Check that the drain cover complies with established safety standards. Establish house rules for the pool including, “No one swims alone.”
- Pests – Keep the mosquito population down by eliminating sources of standing water. Change the water in birdbaths and fountains frequently. Do not overuse weed killers or pesticides and be aware of their potential dangers for humans.
- Play Sets – Check frequently for the effects of use and weather like loose bolts, splinters, rust, etc. Provide a soft cushion like wood chips around equipment. Supervise young children while they play.
- Underfoot – Eliminate dangers in the yard that may cause tripping like sticks, rocks, tree stumps and uneven terrain.
- Mower -The spinning blades of power mowers can make dangerous projectiles out of sticks, stones and even toys. Keep everyone inside, especially children, when mowing the lawn.
Pita breads are those delicious rounds of bread with a pocket that you can stuff with sandwich fixings. Here is a recipe that is especially easy for the beginning baker. The hardest part, is cutting the pocket which if you find too challenging, just skip it and fold the round in half when making your sandwiches. Or just as tasty, skip the sandwich and spread some butter on them while still warm and enjoy.
Pita or Pocket Bread
Ingredients – Group A
2 ½ cups of flour
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Ingredients – Group B
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 pkg of dry yeast
1/8 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of warm water
In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients group A. Then make a depression in the middle of the mixture and add the rest of the ingredients in Group B to it. Stir it together starting at the center and work your way out to the edges incorporating all of the ingredients. Knead it with your hands for a minute or two until it’s a nice doughy ball. Cover the bowl with a clean damp towel and let it rise for 30 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces and roll or press out dough on a floured surface. Rounds should be about 6 inches in diameter. Place rounds on greased cookie sheets and let them rise again for 15 to 30 minutes. Place sheets on bottom rack in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-11 minutes.
To cut a pocket, carefully poke a serrated knife in the edge of the bread pointing toward the center and carefully cut through half of the bread. You will usually hit some air pockets that will open the bread up nicely to hold whatever you decide to stuff it with.
With the start of summer come plans for family road trips and vacations. If you’ll be taking a road trip or driving for an extended period of time for some other reason, it is necessary that you know how to identify drowsy driving and what to do about it so you don’t endanger yourself, your passengers or other motorists while you’re on the road. Below are three steps to staying awake at the wheel as identified in a study about drowsy driving for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:
STEP 1 – Pay attention for signs of drowsy driving. Yawning frequently, drifting from your lane, hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road, blinking rapidly, not remembering the last few miles and missing your exit are all signs of drowsy driving.
STEP 2 – If you notice that you’re doing any of the behaviors mentioned above, it is time to pull over. Rolling the window down or cranking up the music seem like they ought to keep you alert, but the truth is, they do not. Instead of trying to power thru your trip, get off the road and take a break.
STEP 3 – Recharge. Park your car in a safe place, lock your doors and set the alarm on your cell phone. Take a nap and get some rest. When the alarm goes off, take a quick walk around the parking lot or through the nearest store. Then buy a cup of coffee or a snack. This will reenergize you for the next leg of your driving marathon.
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