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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Oct 01 2015

Pros and Cons of Building with Detached Garage Plans

001G-0002 Detached Garage PlanDo you need extra parking or a sheltered storage space? Are you considering building a detached garage? Below are some of the pros and cons of building a detached garage.



·         Most stock garage plans are of high quality and provide all the information you’ll need to build the garage with the exception of local requirements due to regional and climactic factors. Some are even available with material lists for an extra charge.

·         With sturdy doors and quality locks, a garage offers a secure and dry place to park the cars plus store other items in most cases. You can add cabinets and shelves to accommodate tools, outdoor toys, lawn and garden supplies, etc. Some garages even offer an unfinished loft above or another storage space, such as a closet, to handle basement and attic overflow.

·         Garage floor plans easily offer wall spaces for adding hooks and racks designed to hold everything from the family bikes and leaf rakes to jackets and sporting equipment.

·         Unlike an open-sided carport, garage plans deliver four walls (if you include the garage door wall) providing complete protection from the sun, hail, wind, snow and rain ensuring your automobiles are safe no matter what weather Mother Nature brings.

·         With four walls and no opening, garage plans keep small animals and pests away from your car that might otherwise to crawl up inside if the car were parked in a carport or on an open driveway.

·         Garage floor plans provide an opportunity to convert the unfinished space to usable living space should you have a need to do so in the future.



·         Building a garage plan can be an expensive project when compared to a carport.

·         Garage plans take much longer to build than a simple carport.

·         In most cases, you’ll have to follow quite a few rules when it comes to building codes and local building regulations.

·         You may be required to obtain a building permit in order to build a detached garage. You might also have to schedule regular inspections with the building inspector throughout the construction process. Check with your local building department to find out what will be required.


If you have the money, space and extra time to build a garage verses a carport, it may be well to your advantage to build a sturdy structure that provides protection on all sides, locked doors, a dry interior and plenty of room for parking and storage.


Visit The Garage Plan Shop to find the right detached garage plan for you.

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Aug 05 2015

Featured 3-Car Garage Plan with Porte-Cochere – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: 3-Car Garage Plans,Featured Plans

Need a 3-car garage to blend with your European-style home? This detached garage design exudes European flair and begins with a port3-Car Garage Plan 025G-0008e 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

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Jul 10 2015

Garage Plan with Loft Designed for Storage, Storage, Storage – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 051G-0075Are 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.


For more designs like this one, please browse our collection of Garage Plans with Boat Storage and Garage Plans with Lofts.

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Jun 22 2015

Summertime Backyard Safety – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden,Safety,Seasonal

Weber GrillFor 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Underfoot – Eliminate dangers in the yard that may cause tripping like sticks, rocks, tree stumps and uneven terrain.
  8. 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.

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