Jan 11 2016

What is Included in a Set of Garage Blueprints?

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Plan Information

Garage Plan 047G-0020Are you planning to build a garage? If the answer is, “Yes!” then you have a couple of options when it comes to purchasing a garage blueprint. You might choose to hire a local design professional to draw a custom garage plan, or you might opt to purchase a pre-drawn stock garage plan like those found at www.thegarageplanshop.com. Many people choose to purchase a stock garage plan, but often wonder what is included in a set of blueprints. The list below summarizes the information typically included in a set of construction drawings. Most stock garage plans will include:

 

  1. Coversheet: This page is an artist’s rendering of the finished garage. It is used as a visual aid and represents the completed structure after it is built. In most cases, the coversheet is not necessary for the construction of your new garage. Therefore, some designers do not included it in their construction drawings.
  2. Exterior Elevations: The exterior elevations page(s) depict the exterior of the garage on all four sides. They indicate the exterior finish and trim of the garage by calling out the materials used to finish the outside of the structure such as brick, siding, stone or stucco. The elevations note the placement of these materials on the exterior of the garage. Additionally, roofing materials are specified and roof pitches are indicated. Finally, the exterior elevations note or depict decorative elements like porch columns, carriage lamps, and window shutters. Door and window sizes may be shown on the exterior elevations as well.
  3. Foundation Plan: The foundation plan is a detailed drawing of the garage foundation. It reflects pertinent information about the foundation such as dimensions, column locations, and concrete thickness of footers and foundation walls, as well as other necessary details.
  4. Floor Plans: The floor plan page(s) indicate the layout and construction of each floor of the garage. They typically provide room dimensions, wall sizes, door and window locations, notes about ceiling details and design, and other pertinent construction notes and details.
  5. Interior Elevations: When applicable, the interior elevations describe and provide details and drawings about the built-in elements of a garage apartment or other finished space such as cabinets, handrails, moldings, vanities and built-in shelves or niches.
  6. Simple Plumbing: The simple plumbing information is usually found on the floor plan page, but sometimes it is on a separate page. It depicts placement and locations of bathtubs, showers, toilets and sinks when applicable.
  7. Basic Electric: The basic electrical information can be found on the floor plan or on a separate page. It reflects the suggested locations of outlets, fixtures and switches when applicable.
  8. Sections: Garage plan sections may be found on a separate blueprint page or they might be found on various pages throughout the construction drawings. Typically, they are views of the garage which show the elements and composition of the foundation, interior and exterior walls, floors, stair details and roofs. The sections show the relationship between floors and indicate rooflines and ceiling heights.
  9. Details: Construction details can be found throughout the set of blueprints or they may be found on a separate page. These details convey information about how smaller elements of the structure should be constructed. Some examples include the design of handrail spindles, sizes and styles of trim and moldings, or the look of the fireplace.

 

Please Note: Blueprint pages vary by designer. Not all stock garage plans incorporate every element described above.

 

For additional information, please read, What you Need to Know about Stock Garage Plans.

 

Understanding the elements of stock garage plan and the information that composes a set of blueprints will help you determine if a stock garage plan is right for you.

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Dec 18 2015

Holiday Safety: 7 Helpful Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Holiday Information,Miscellaneous,Safety

Christmas TreeSometimes we get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays that we throw caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is near and as soon as it passes, we go into Christmas mode. Now is a good time to think about holiday safety. These are just reminders for things you already know, but may get too busy to give your full attention. Take a moment to review and truly have a safe holiday.

 

  1. Smoke Alarms – Test smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning. Batteries should be changed twice a year. Make sure family members know what they sound like and what they should do when they hear them.
  2. Escape Plan – Review escape routes and designate a meeting place outside of the house for everyone to gather.
  3. Fireplace Safety – Keep the chimney clean and have it inspected. Use a fire screen to prevent sparks from entering the room. Don’t add anything to the fire. It is tempting to watch that flash of flames from discarded plates and cups or that big ball of wrapping paper, but don’t jeopardize you and your family’s safety. Someone should always be in the room when a fire is burning and put the fire out before going to bed.
  4. Candles – Like the fireplace, this is an open flame that you are allowing in your home. Don’t discount the damage it can do because it is small. Keep candles a good distance from other decorations and extinguish them when leaving the room.
  5. Cooking – Leave nothing unattended. Banish small children from being underfoot in the kitchen. Be aware that your holiday clothing doesn’t flow into a flame. Review how to put out stove top fires and have a working fire extinguisher close by. Unplug any small appliances that you are not using.
  6. Water the Tree – If you keep a live tree in the house make sure you water it every day.  Keep it at least three feet from any heat source. Don’t let the rearranging of your house to accommodate it, block any exit routes.
  7. Check the Lights – Check cords for wear and don’t run any wires under carpets. If your lights blink and they are not supposed to, discard that strand. Don’t overload your circuits and turn all lights and decorations off when going to bed or leaving the house.

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Dec 02 2015

Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling this Winter – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Safety,Seasonal

Snow ShovelingWhile fitness fanatics may look as shoveling snow as just another workout, it does pose health risks for others. Many people associate back problems and sore muscles with shoveling the driveway and sidewalk, but there are other risks as well. Shoveling snow is often associated with elevated heart attack rates during the winter months. When it snows this winter, follow these safety tips to maintain your health and avoid injury.

 

  • Check with your doctor if you believe shoveling snow might present a health hazard, especially if you have a heart condition.
  • Stretch your muscles before you begin shoveling.
  • Avoid shoveling soon after you wake up. Slipped disc injuries are more likely to occur in the morning due to the build-up of fluid disc from lying down all night.
  • Drink a lot of water before you begin and stay hydrated while you work.
  • Wear boots with a good rubber sole to prevent slipping and falling.
  • Dress in layers and shed layers of clothing to prevent overheating.
  • When possible, avoid lifting a snow-filled shovel. Instead, it is safer to push the snow off your driveway and sidewalks. If you must lift the snow, be sure to face the direction you are lifting and twist as little as possible.
  • Spray or rub your shovel with lubricant such as WD40 or cooking spray to help prevent snow from sticking to the shovel. The lighter the load, the better for your body.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • If you become tired and fatigued, put the shovel down and rest. Try again later.

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Nov 11 2015

8 Garage Apartment Plans You Might Have Missed

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Uncategorized

Garage apartment plans are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and floor plans. They offer parking, storage space and accommodate a broad range of needs. In general, these designs offer at least one garage bay and finished living
space either on the same level as the garage or above the garage. With garage apartment plans, the garage varies in size from a 1-car garage to a 3-car garage with some bays large enough to accommodate an RV or a boat. Below is a list of eight garage apartment plans that are easily overlooked in our collection. Take some time to review these plans and find out what makes them special.

 

006G-0106 – This stylish 3-car garage apartment plan is designed to fit on a sloping lot. With the garage bays tucked into the hillside, the living quarters can be accessed from stairs in the garage or you might wish to add just a couple of steps leading to the optional deck and enter the living quarters from ground level. In addition to being well suited for a hillside, this garage apartment plan makes the ideal vacation home. With all the windows in the vaulted living room and the optional deck, this design is ideal for a lot with a view. Just imagine looking out from the mountain side or overlooking a beautiful lake!

 

Garage Apartment Plan 010G-0022010G-0022 – Rustic in design, this garage apartment plan has more to offer than meets the eye! At first glance, it appears to be a 2-car garage, but don’t be fooled! Tucked behind the double garage bay, you’
ll find a single garage bay that is accessed on the side. The extra bay is perfect for your weekend car! However, if you want to rent out the second floor apartment for additional income, your tenant can use the 1-car garage, and you can park your cars in the 2-car garage. Don’t miss the handy workshop! The living quarters feature a spacious great room, eating bar, and a stackable washer/dryer unit on the main floor.

 

012G-0047 – If you’re looking for a flexible design, this is on the one for you. In addition to the 2-car garage, this garage apartment plan features two carports, perfect for boat storage or of use as a grilling porch and just plain relaxing. The workshop accommodates the family handyman. Upstairs, the finished living space can serve as your art studio, workout room or home office, but when guest arrive, it can double as a living space for weekend visitors. A spacious bedroom and full bath complete the second floor.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 027G-0011027G-0011 – Efficient living with modern flair describes this stunning garage apartment plan! The garage floor plan offers a 1-car garage with storage in the rear. Don’t miss the rear overhead door making it easy to access the lawnmower, an ATV or motorcycle without having to back the car out of the garage. A utility sink and counter offer extra convenience. Upstairs, modest living quarters feature one bedroom, on bathroom, and an open floor plan anchored with an island and snack bar. A rear deck is ideal for those who enjoy grilling or relaxing outdoors. If you’re looking to add extra parking and living space to your modern home, this garage apartment design will compliment it well!

 

032G-0007 – As simple on the inside as it is on the outside, this 2-car garage apartment plan is designed for flexibility. The garage level can serve as extra parking, storage or a workshop depending on your specific needs. On the second floor, the finished living space is a flexible studio. With a kitchenette and a full bath, it works well as a guest suite, or it can provide that much needed home office or music studio that you don’t have room for in the main home. Or maybe this design will better serve your college student providing a quiet place to live and study without leaving home.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 035G-0023035G-0023 – This Craftsman-style garage apartment plan begins with a 3-car garage designed with extra deep bays. They are perfect for boat storage and oversized trucks and SUVs as well as other things. The apartment is a bit unusual in that it offers three bedrooms. This feature is uncommon among garage apartment plans making this design an excellent choice for a weekend getaway. You have room to store your boat, kayak, canoe or ATV in the garage and you have a space for the kids or friends to join you when it is time to get away from it all for a while. The living areas are spacious making it easy to gather, entertain or relax.

 

051G-0079 – Are you looking for a garage apartment plan that will provide your aging relative with independent living while still living close to you? This one-story garage apartment plan offers private living space for your loved one outside your home, but neatly tucked in your backyard. This keeps loved ones nearby in case of emergencies, while allowing them to still live as independently as possible. As our loved ones age, we worry about them falling or needing assistance and not being able to get in touch with us. On the other hand, they worry about us thinking they are no longer able to live alone. This garage apartment design is the ideal solution offering the best of both worlds. The living quarters offer a modest kitchen and comfortable great room, plus a generously sized bedroom and full bath with laundry facilities. If your loved one still drives, there is one garage bay beside the living quarters for them, plus an extra one for you. And the best thing is the 2-car garage has extra deep bays, ideal for boat storage or there is room in the rear for a small workbench or storage space.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 053G-0013053G-0013 – Here’s another 3-car garage apartment that delivers plenty of parking plus flexible living space. For those with a growing family fleet, a detached garage plan delivers extra parking and storage space. It is perfect for additional family cars, or other items like golf carts and ATVs, the family bikes, recycling bins or maybe a workshop. The second floor offers a studio apartment with full bath and galley kitchen. It is just right for your college student or rental property for those looking to earn a little extra income. If you prefer, finish the second level as recreation room, hobby area or home office. Furnished with a pull out couch and a few other basics, it can easily convert to a guest suite when weekend visitors arrive.

 

Though the basic nature or garage apartment plans is the same no matter the design, it is easy to see with the variety of floor plan we offer that there is something for everyone. And after you’ve considered these designs that you might have missed, take some time to browse our entire collection of garage apartment plans.

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Oct 01 2015

Weekend Warrior Fall Checklist – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Lawn and Garden,Seasonal

Fishing BoatHey weekend warriors! The official start of fall is fast approaching and winter won’t be too far behind. Get ready for winter with this checklist of maintenance and DIY projects:

 

  • Clean and covered or store patio furniture in the garage, shed, or basement.
  • Winterize the boat after your last fishing expedition or trip to the lake.
  • Clean up the lawn mower and winterize it.
  • Fertilize the lawn.
  • Hang holiday lights while the weather is still nice.
  • Clean gutters anFaucet Coverd clear debris before winter weather arrives.
  • Gather, inspect and prepare hunting gear for the fall and winter hunting seasons.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Divide perennials.
  • Mulch trees and shrubs to protect them from harsh winter weather.
  • Turn off outdoor faucets; drain and store hoses.
  • Clean grill and cover or store for winter.
  • Seal cracks in the driveway, sidewalks and patio before freezing temperatures arrive.
  • Buy winter supplies such as snow shovels, ice melt, and ice scrapers.

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