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Nov 19 2019

Tips for Heating Your Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Seasonal

Wood Stove

A garage isn’t just a garage any more.  For many of us, this space doubles as an exercise room, workshop or hobby room.  If you are frozen out of your garage in the winter, here a few tips to consider:

  1. Insulate and finish the walls and ceiling just as you would any other room in your home.  Insulation can also be installed on some types of overhead doors. 
  2. If you have windows, make sure they are sealed and install shades or blinds to help insulate against cold air when the sun isn’t shining.
  3. Consider a heat source.  You may be able to tie into the existing system in your home or rely on a portable heater powered by electricity or propane.  There are systems that even heat from ceiling panels.  Perhaps a wood burning stove could fit the bill if space and local codes allow. 

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Oct 16 2019

Saving Money on Your Heating and Electric Bills – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Seasonal

Do you want to save money on your heating and electric bills this winter? Check out these tips.

Saving money on your heating bills in the winter always starts with safety. Have your furnace inspected, cleaned and serviced before cold weather arrives. The same goes for your chimney and fireplace or wood stove if you are using one.

Make your home as airtight as possible by sealing leaks around windows and doors.  Install shades and draperies to insulate windows.

A tapestry or blanket hung on a bedroom wall will help take the chill off an outside wall. 

Turning down the thermostat will save 1% for every degree it is lowered over an eight-hour period.

Shut off rooms or attic spaces that are not used often and consider a space heater for the area where the family gathers in the evening.

A humidifier will make lower temperatures more comfortable. 

Use cold water for laundry.

Use LED lights for holiday decorations.

Don’t forget to install fresh batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and if you ever smell a rotten egg odor leave your house immediately and call your natural gas provider from another location.    

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Sep 18 2019

New Project Plan Website Abounds with Projects – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Miscellaneous

Attention handymen, crafters, hobbyists and DIYers! If you are like most of us, you may find that there’s always time to consider something new and exciting to enhance your lawn and garden.  Whether you plan on doing the work yourself or hiring a professional, you are going to want to pursue the myriad of projects available on our new sister website, www.theprojectplanshop.com.

We offer a wide variety of project plans including she-sheds, he-sheds, playhouses, dog houses, and even bird houses. Whether you need to build furniture for your patio, or build a patio, we’ve got it covered. How about a deck for the pool or hot tub? Surround your property with an attractive fence and gate and contemplate a decorative gate house for that stunning entrance to the family compound. 

Consider small backyard projects like an arbor or trellis for your garden. Think of how beautiful climbing plants will look, for example clematis, morning glories or roses. Or…. Step it up a bit and view our pergola plans. A pergola, you say, what exactly is that? A pergola is a structure that provides semi-shade while providing a place to allow vining plants to grow. Not only will you have a cozy place to entertain guests outdoors, you can even reach up and pluck some grapes to snack on or blooms to create a floral arrangement. Check out plan 072X-0024. The best of both worlds, this plan provides a storage shed with a seat and a pergola overhead. It is a great addition to any garden path.

Take some time to browse our entire collection of project plans to find something to suit your needs or complement your outdoor living space.

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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.  

For other garage plan ideas, please use our advanced search to find the plan perfect for your needs.

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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.

Shep Plan 021S-0001

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!

Shed Plan 072S-0019

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.

Shed Plan 028S-0008

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.

Shed Plan 072S-0005

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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