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Feb 28 2019

Landscaping for your New Garage

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden

After the construction of your new garage has been completed, you and your family will be staring at a large patch of dirt. Try to think of it as “tabula rasa” or “blank sheet.” Here it is, a canvas for painting with your landscaping skills. No skills? No worries. There are professionals for that.

Hopefully your construction project has been completed in late spring or early fall, as these are the best times to grow grass. So much has been written about lawn building, you will have no trouble finding information on types of grass seeds and sods that are available and what works best in your region. Decide how much of that dirt patch should be lawn, keeping in mind kids and dogs, swing sets and basketball hoops.

Laying Sod

It’s best to water a new lawn daily until it’s well established. Experts advise watering early in the morning and again in the evening on hot days. Rain gauges will help monitor how much water is being delivered and yes, it is possible to water too much and damage the roots.

Shrubs and hedges, plus flower beds can help create boundaries. Future shade can be created by judicious placement of trees. Consider other shade options for the present like a trellis, arbor or pergola.

While you are painting your blank canvas, don’t forget about water features. Since pipes and water lines are marked, it’s a good time to dig if you plan to install a koi pond, waterfall or fountain beside your new garage.

Consider items like concrete benches, stepping stones, statues and other hardscape features. Installing items that require foundations or leveling will be easier to place on your dirt lot now, rather than digging up an established lawn later.

Of course, no matter how much planning one does, somewhere down the road something will have to go, change, or be replaced. So, don’t be intimated for tomorrow by what you do today. When the time comes, you will be ready to tackle the next landscaping project.

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Jan 28 2019

RV Garage Plans for Your Home on Wheels – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: RV Garage Plans

When you are not on the road, it is important to protect your investment from the elements. RV garage plans are ideal for your home on wheels whether it’s an RV, camper or motor home. Check out these popular RV garage plans.

024G-0014: With its classy exterior, this RV garage plan will complement any landscape. One side presents a 16’ ceiling for storing an RV (or boat). The other bay is large enough to accommodate four automobiles. With this kind of open space available, the home handy person will be able to fill it (or use it) in a myriad of ways. 

RV Garage Plan 024G-0014
RV Garage Plan 024G-0014

010G-0026: Not only is this a handsome building perfect to house your RV, it offers a handy workshop too. There is a skylight on the garage side to admit natural light. That should help when trying to park that bad boy. Lose yourself in the roomy workshop with its wrap-around bench plus a sink for cleaning up. When it’s time to daydream about your next project (or adventure) take a look through a large window that looks out onto a nifty porch.

RV Garage Plan 010G-0026
RV Garage Plan 010G-0026

021B-0002: How handy can you get with a plan that allows one to drive their recreational vehicle straight through? Well, pretty handy. Take a look at the side bays that offer additional functional space. One side accommodates equipment storage for your carts, four wheelers, jet skis, bicycles, paddle boards and lawn mower. The other side includes a shop area for your tinkering needs, a storage room to organize parts and clutter, plus a sink to wash up after you finish a project.

RV Garage Plan 021B-0002
RV Garage Plan 021B-0002

051G-0086: Here’s a great plan for storing an RV and two cars. The RV bay has a vaulted ceiling that is 14’ tall.  Double bays on the auto side also include a storage area between them and the RV bay for all those extras. A handy service entry offers convenience.

RV Garage Plan 051G-0086
RV Garage Plan 051G-0086

062G-0120: This modern RV garage plan offers “space age” spaces. Check it out! The 20’ X 20’ bay has a two-story ceiling making it “lift friendly.” Behind that bay, find a storage area of equal square footage for stashing away tools and parts. Ascend the interior stairs to a spacious loft.  What a great space to create your own studio, hobby room, or gym.

RV Garage Plan 062G-0120
RV Garage Plan 062G-0120

Browse our full collection of RV garage plans for more ideas.

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Dec 20 2018

Small but Functional 1-Car Garage Plans – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: 1-Car Garage Plans

Detached, one-car garage plans are designed to offer sheltered parking and storage. They are available in a wide range of architectural styles and many offer special extras like loft storage, a workshop and more. Check out these five notable one-car garage plans!


1-Car Garage Plan 062G-0090062G-0090: This charming one-car garage plan looks like station from a model train setup. Its attractiveness is more than skin deep. With a 10’x8’ garage door it is easy to pull your car in and out of the garage. It’s also suitable for use as a storage shed or workshop. What a great addition to any landscape.




1-Car Garage Plan 078G-0008078G-0008: Check out this single car garage plan. It serves it purpose to protect your vehicle plus it has a handy covered side porch. You can make use of the covered area for parking your lawn mower, wheel barrow and garden cart. Or pull up some chairs and create your very own grilling porch, a great place to spend a summer evening.


1-Car Garage Plan 028G-0059028G-0059: Here’s a modern one-car garage plan that will protect a single vehicle and then some. A protected service entrance leads to a great space to store your lawn equipment or add a workbench. Windows on each side of the building and one over the door, help to admit natural light into this space.



1-Car Garage Plan 010G-0005010G-0005: Take a look at this neat one-car garage plan with workshop. Windows on each of three sides let natural light onto the U-shaped workshop area with workbench. A covered front porch accommodates a chair for taking a needed break from working, plus a stoop on the back provides a place to exit with completed projects. The one-car garage is perfect for storing a car, golf cart or pair of motorcycles.


1-Car Garage Plan 051G-0095051G-0095: Simple but effective, this detached, one-car garage plan not only protects your vehicle, it provides a great space for a workbench on the side. Enter through the service entrance and you are set for tinkering on the multitude of projects that crop up in your DIY life. Or add some storage shelves along the left wall for storing auto necessities like extra window washer fluid, mechanics tools, or a bucket and sponge for a good ‘ole fashioned car wash.


Discover more designs like these when you browse our full collection of one-car garage plans.

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Nov 19 2018

Garage Apartment Plans for Weekend Getaways by the Water

Do you dream of owning a weekend home on the water? Consider building a garage apartment! Garage apartment plans are excellent choices for weekend getaways, and many offer room to store your boat or perhaps smaller watercrafts like jet skis, canoes or kayaks. With a garage apartment plan, there’s no need to haul your watercraft back and forth to the lake, it can be stored away and waiting for you when you arrive for the weekend. Below are a few plans that offer boat storage or room for other watercrafts, plus comfortable living space.


Garage Apartment Plan 049G-0002049G-0002: This handsome garage apartment plan offers two bedrooms, a place for you and the kids (or guests) to lay your weary heads after a day on the water. Extra deep garage bays store your boat and protect your vehicle. An open floor plan features a kitchen with snack bar, cozy living room and a dining area. Enjoy the ambience of lake life protected on the screen porch. With space for a stacked washer/dryer in the bedroom closet, families can keep themselves in clean, dry clothes all weekend.


Garage Apartment Plan 062G-0101062G-0101: Here is a thoroughly modern design sure to please anyone ready to get away for the weekend. The drive thru RV bay is suitable for boat storage and makes it easy to park and exit the garage. An additional bay accommodates an auto or perhaps stores a golf cart or wave runners. While the sights and sounds of the lake are enjoyed on the wrap-around balcony or from the solarium, the pets are safe and sound in their own run adjacent to the garage. Special features in the apartment include a walk-in closet, laundry closet, and sloped ceilings.


Garage Apartment Plan 027G-0010027G-0010: Check out this unique carport plan with a two-bedroom apartment above it. The drive-through bay makes it easy to park and access your jet ski or perhaps a small boat. You’ll appreciate the nearby storage closet, ideal for storing lifejackets, fishing poles and inner tubes. And yes, there is an additional bay for your vehicle. Upstairs, you’ll find a comfortable living quarters with an open floor plan. Enjoy the view from a nifty deck accessed via a sliding door in the living room. Apartment includes full bath with separate shower and tub as well as a laundry closet.


For more choices like these, please browse our entire collection of garage apartment plans.

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Oct 22 2018

Getting your Car Ready for Winter – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Driving Safety,Seasonal

Driving Safety KitWhen the autumn leaves begin to fall, it’s time to winterize your vehicles. After an inspection by your mechanic to insure your automobile is running properly, replenish all the fluids and then clear the sand and beach balls, golf clubs and baseball gloves from the trunk. Replace them with the items below and you’ll be ready to take to the road this winter.


Emergency kit – Auto part stores sell these or you can compile your own. Include a few handy tools like screwdrivers and pliers, jumper cables, road flares, flashlight with fresh batteries, and reflective triangles.

First aid kit – Besides the usual items, this is a good place to store some spare change and a few random snacks just in case of delays. Don’t forget a box of tissues for those nasty winter colds.

Traction – To proceed in an icy situation, you may need some ice melt, rock salt, or kitty litter. If you are prone to encounter extreme snow packed conditions, don’t forget the tire chains.

Ice scraper – These often get broken or lost from one year to the next, so make sure you include one in your car before bad weather hits.

Blanket – In case of breaking down in the cold, a cozy blanket will help keep you warm. Also include a change of clothing, especially socks and gloves for when yours get wet and soggy.  Pack them in a plastic bag to keep them from getting wet from other items in your trunk like sleds or a snow brush.


Finally, store relevant emergency numbers in your phone and keep it charged. Keep your tank full and have a safe winter.

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