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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Jun 22 2015

Recipe: Pita or Pocket Bread – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Recipes

Pita or Pocket BreadPita breads are those delicious rounds of bread with a pocket that you can stuff with sandwich fixings. Here is a recipe that is especially easy for the beginning baker. The hardest part, is cutting the pocket which if you find too challenging, just skip it and fold the round in half when making your sandwiches. Or just as tasty, skip the sandwich and spread some butter on them while still warm and enjoy.

 

Pita or Pocket Bread

 

Ingredients – Group A

2 ½ cups of flour

1 ½ tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

 

Ingredients – Group B

1 ½ tsp sugar

1 pkg of dry yeast

1/8 cup of vegetable oil

1 cup of warm water

 

In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients group A. Then make a depression in the middle of the mixture and add the rest of the ingredients in Group B to it. Stir it together starting at the center and work your way out to the edges incorporating all of the ingredients. Knead it with your hands for a minute or two until it’s a nice doughy ball. Cover the bowl with a clean damp towel and let it rise for 30 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces and roll or press out dough on a floured surface. Rounds should be about 6 inches in diameter. Place rounds on greased cookie sheets and let them rise again for 15 to 30 minutes. Place sheets on bottom rack in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-11 minutes.

 

To cut a pocket, carefully poke a serrated knife in the edge of the bread pointing toward the center and carefully cut through half of the bread.  You will usually hit some air pockets that will open the bread up nicely to hold whatever you decide to stuff it with.

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May 27 2015

Staying Awake at the Wheel: 3 Steps – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Driving Safety,Road Trips

Asleep at the WheelWith the start of summer come plans for family road trips and vacations. If you’ll be taking a road trip or driving for an extended period of time for some other reason, it is necessary that you know how to identify drowsy driving and what to do about it so you don’t endanger yourself, your passengers or other motorists while you’re on the road. Below are three steps to staying awake at the wheel as identified in a study about drowsy driving for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

 

STEP 1 – Pay attention for signs of drowsy driving. Yawning frequently, drifting from your lane, hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road, blinking rapidly, not remembering the last few miles and missing your exit are all signs of drowsy driving.

 

STEP 2 – If you notice that you’re doing any of the behaviors mentioned above, it is time to pull over. Rolling the window down or cranking up the music seem like they ought to keep you alert, but the truth is, they do not. Instead of trying to power thru your trip, get off the road and take a break.

 

STEP 3 – Recharge. Park your car in a safe place, lock your doors and set the alarm on your cell phone. Take a nap and get some rest. When the alarm goes off, take a quick walk around the parking lot or through the nearest store. Then buy a cup of coffee or a snack. This will reenergize you for the next leg of your driving marathon.

 

For more safety tips like these, check out our Driving Safety blogs.

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May 14 2015

RV Garage Plans for Various Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Detached Garage Plans,RV Garage Plans

007G-0008 RV Garage PlanIf you’re looking for an RV garage to protect your home away from home when you’re not on the road, there are a variety of designs to choose from. There are RV garage plans that offer just the basics while others offer a multitude of “extras.” Below is a sampling of garage designs that may accommodate your needs.

 

007G-0008 – This basic RV garage provides just enough room for your RV, motor home or boat. It offers the basic features such as an extra deep bay, tall ceiling oversized garage door. If you just need to protect your RV, consider a practical solution such as this simple design. It is both cost and space efficient.

 

012B-0005 – Maybe you need to store more than just an RV. Designs like this outbuilding can provide protection from the elements for your motor home or camper as well as other large motorized vehicles such as an oversized pick-up truck, a tractor or other machinery. This garage floor plan offers an RV bay with a tall ceiling and oversized door, as well as, plenty of other parking or storage space.

 

028G-0052 RV Garage Plan028G-0052 – Need a place to park the family cars and your RV or boat? This RV garage plan offers a double garage bay for everyday automobiles, and it includes a drive-thru feature for the RV bay. This special feature eliminates the hassle of backing your RV in or out of the garage by allowing you to just pull straight through the RV bay. Additionally, it incorporates a storage loft, which provides plenty of room for seasonal items and holiday decorations. Or, it could be finished as an office, hobby room, or whatever you desire.

 

035G-0006 – Here’s an RV garage plan that has much to offer. In addition to the RV bay, it features a smaller bay that is designed as workshop space. An overhead door makes it easy to move tools in and out of the garage. Pay attention to the office and conference room. This thoughtful floor plan makes it easy for a work-at-home-professional to conduct business from a private space outside the home without leaving the driveway. Additionally, the full bath and kitchenette make it easy to convert the space to a guest suite when overnight guests arrive.

 

010G-0017 Rv Garage Plan010G-0017 – For those who need a home base when they aren’t traveling in their RV, this carriage house plan is the solution. It offers an RV bay for your motor home, a three-car garage for everyday vehicles, and a workshop on the main level. But upstairs, you’ll find all the essentials in the garage apartment. The floor plan includes a full bath and bedroom, kitchen, office nook and gathering space.

 

Whether you just need the basics or all of the extras, there is an RV garage plan that is sure to satisfy your needs.

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