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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.

 

Discover the answers to more garage plan questions like these by visiting our FAQs.

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May 19 2016

Two-Car Garage Plans Offer a Multitude of Special Features

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: 2-Car Garage plans,Detached Garage Plans

With such a wide variety of two-car garage plans to choose from, it is important to identify how you plan to use your new garage and what features you’ll need to get the most use out of it. For example, if you need extra storage space for your basement or attic overflow, you’ll probably want to select a floor plan that offers a storage loft. Or, if you like working outside in your yard and garden, you might consider a garage with a full bath, so you’ll have a place to clean up without bringing the mess into your home. Below are eight two-car garage plans and a brief description of their special features for you to consider.

 

Garage Plan 008G-0005008G-0005 The possibilities are endless with this two-car garage plan. It offers one tandem, drive-thru bay that neatly holds two cars or your boat. With garage doors on both ends, there is no need to hassle with backing the boat and trailer in or out of the garage. Simply pull straight through instead. Two storage areas offer plenty of room to store tools, lawn and garden equipment and seasonal items such as patio furniture during the winter months. Additionally, the open shed offers extra covered parking or it could be used as a covered porch giving you a place to grill or just kick back and relax outdoors.

 

Garage Plan 010G-0006010G-0006 This rustic two-car garage plan has more to offer than you might expect. In addition to the double garage bay, it features a workshop area for the family handyman complete with workbench. A full bath is an added convenience. On the second floor, an unfinished storage loft provides plenty of room to store holiday decorations and other treasures that you aren’t ready to part with yet.

 

Garage Plan 023G-0003023G-0003 Take a look at this detached garage apartment plan. On the main floor it offers a two-car garage plus a workshop space or a game area depending on your needs. The second floor features a one bedroom, one bath apartment that works well as a guest suite or a private living area for your college student when he or she comes home for summer break.

 

Garage Plan 028G-0052028G-0052 This two-car garage plan features an attached RV bay as well offering three garage bays in all. The RV bay offers an extra tall ceiling and oversized garage doors at the front and back of the convenient drive-thru bay. Park your every day cars in the two-car garage and use the second floor loft for storage or finish it as an office, game room, home theater or workout space.

 

Garage Plan 034G-0013034G-0013 Touches of European styling give this tandem garage plan plenty of curb appeal. It offers two tandem bays, perfect for boat storage or providing enough room to park up to four cars.

 

Garage Plan 047G-0002047G-0002 For those who aren’t sure what size garage will work best on their lot or in their backyard, garage plans in multiple sizes are the solution. A multi-size garage plan like this one is available in two or more sizes allowing you to purchase the plans and then determine which size to build. Some of the larger garage sizes are even deep enough for boat storage like this design when built as the 22’x28’ floor plan.

 

Garage Plan 051G-0079051G-0079 Designed with two extra deep bays and 10’x10 garage doors, this two-car garage apartment plan nicely accommodates boat storage and oversized vehicles like trucks and SUVs. The attached one-story apartment plan is just right for a mother-in-low cottage providing comfortable and private living space for an aging relative all on one level.

 

Garage Plan 062G-0059062G-0059 This modern two-car garage plan offers a storage area in the garage and a flex space above. The flexible studio includes a full bath and kitchenette making it ideal for a home office, art studio or workout room. It could also be finished as a guest suite.

 

 

 

These detached two-car garage plans are just a sampling of the designs in our collection. We offer floor plans in variety of sizes and styles and numerous other special features are available. Take some time to browse our entire collection of two-car garage plans to find a design that will satisfy your needs.

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Apr 21 2016

Are Stock Garage Plans Sealed or Stamped by an Engineer or Architect?

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Plan Information

Garage Plan 072G-0026When building a new garage, it is possible that your city, county, province or local municipality might require that your garage plans are sealed or stamped by an engineer or an architect. Our garage blueprints do not come with an engineer’s or architect’s seal or stamp on them. 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. We cannot guarantee that our garage blueprints will meet all local building codes and requirements for your specific area. Because our plans are sold and built all over the US and Canada, it is impossible for our designers to ensure the blueprints will meet all local codes for every location, city, county, municipality, etc. Therefore, our plans do not include an engineer’s or architects seal or stamp, as the seal or stamp is a local requirement. The items required for the engineer’s or architects seal or stamp in one part of the country are completely different than the requirements for a customer building the same plan in another part of the country. Often the requirements that coincide with a seal or stamp for a particular state, province, city, etc., are influenced by climactic and geographic elements that are specific to the area where the plan is built making them local requirements. For example, someone building a garage in certain parts of California will need engineering to meet seismic codes, while a customer building the same plan in the Rocky mountains may need engineering for wind and snow load. It will be up to you or your builder to hire a local engineer or architect to review and seal or stamp the garage plans before obtaining building permits. This design professional must be licensed in the state or province where the garage will be built. We recommend finding someone who can review the blueprints and provide an engineer’s or architect’s seal or before you actually purchase plans. Sometimes the design professional providing the seal or stamp will have a preference as to which plan package he/she works with, and this will influence which blueprint 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. There is information about this topic in our FAQs should you need to reference it later. Additionally, you can find other helpful information about our blueprints in our Resource section.

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