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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Mar 22 2016

5 New RV Garage Plans for Your RV, Motor Home or Camper

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: RV Garage Plans

If you own an RV, motor home, or camper you are certainly well aware of how necessary it is to protect your investment. When you’re not on the road, it is a good idea to have a safe place to store your home away from home. RV garage plans offer the perfect solution! These floor plans are specifically designed to protect your investment from the elements and keep it in good condition. They feature at least one garage bay that is wider, deeper and taller than a typical garage bay so it can accommodate the overall size of a recreational vehicle.

 

RV garage plans are available in a broad range of sizes and styles. While some simply offer an RV bay, others offer special extras like a workbench, half or full bath, storage space or workshop area. Some even offer a garage apartment on the second floor. Below are five of the newest RV garage plans we’ve added to our site. Take some time to discover what each one has to offer. You just might find that one of these new RV garage plans will satisfy your needs.

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If you need sheltered parking for more vehicles than just your RV, this detached RV garage plan is worth considering. It offers an RV bay with a vaulted ceiling plus an attached two-car garage with extra work or storage space. It provides plenty of room for your everyday cars as well as space for the family bikes, recycling bins, lawn mower or garden tools. Its flexible design allows this RV garage plan to accommodate a wide variety of needs.


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For those who need just a little extra parking and a place to keep their recreational vehicle safe from the elements, this RV garage plan just might fit the bill. It offers an RV bay with 12” ceiling on the left and a 1-car garage on the right. A covered entry offers convenience. It’s simple design blends nicely with a variety of architectural home styles.


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Do you spend a good part of the year on the road traveling from place to place? If so, maybe you need a place to call “home base” for the times when you are not traveling. This RV garage plan with second floor apartment might be the perfect design for you. The main floor offers an RV bay giving you a place to store your RV or motor home when you’re not on the road and a two-car garage for your everyday vehicles. The second floor features an efficiency apartment outfitted with one bedroom, one bath, a compact kitchen and room for a stackable washer/dryer unit.


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Maybe you own an RV or camper along with a variety of other motorized vehicles that you’d like to protect from the elements. This double RV garage plan features plenty of storage space. It is designed to accommodate two RVs, campers or motor homes, or it can be used for extra storage space. Just imagine one bay for RV storage and the other bay for boat storage or parking a pair of cars tandem style. The second bay could easily be used for smaller items like a golf cart, ATV, motorcycle and more. Additionally, it could be used for a workshop area or hobby space. Designed with a simple floor plan, this RV garage is flexible and well-suited for more uses than you might expect!

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Don’t be fooled by this RV garage plan. While it may have the looks of a barn or a 2-car garage, it has more to offer than meets the eye. This carefully designed RV garage apartment plan is filled with surprises. The main floor offers a 2-car garage on one end and RV garage bay that enters from the other end. Additionally, a covered porch provides a place to relax outdoors or fire up the grill. Interior stairs lead to the second floor living quarters. Here’s you’ll find a carefully designed apartment outfitted with one bedroom, two full baths, a compact kitchen, sitting area, game room and three bunk areas.

 

You might also consider this RV garage plans for boat and trailer storage or for installing an auto lift to work are cars. If you are looking for a less expensive way to protect your RV from the elements, you might consider an RV carport plan instead.

 

For more options, take some time to browse our entire collection of RV garage plans.

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Feb 17 2016

How to Make Changes to Your Garage Plans

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Customizing and Modifications

Garage Plan 023G-0001If you’ve been shopping for the perfect garage plan or outbuilding plan for a while, you have probably realized it isn’t always easy to find the perfect garage plan to satisfy all of your needs, fit your lot, and/or match your home or other structures on your property. You’ve probably found designs that are close to what you want, but may not be exactly what you need. One of the most common comments from our customers is, “I found a garage plan I like, but I need to make some changes to it.”

There is a simple solution to this problem. We can help you with your changes! The Garage Plan Shop offers a modification service for customers who wish to make changes to any garage, shed, outbuilding, barn, carport or other design published on our website. This will ensure the design will satisfy all of your needs, match your home, fit you lot, etc. Our modification team will be happy to provide a free quote for your changes before you purchase blueprints.

 

Some of the most common modifications include the following:

  • Changing the exterior look of the garage such as adding/eliminating windows, modifying the roof pitch,  or changing the exterior finish
  •  Flipping the floor plan from left to right (mirror reverse or right reading reverse)
  • Increasing the overall size (width and/or depth) of the garage by adding an extra garage bay, making the garage bays deeper, etc. (we can also reduce the overall size of the design)
  • Changing the garage entry from front to side, side to rear, etc.
  • Creating new/extra usable space such as a storage closet, workshop, full/half bath, unfinished loft or apartment above
  • Redesigning the finished space, apartment, or flexible areas to accommodate specific needs

 

Some of the things our modification team cannot do:

  • Combining two different garage plans into one design (due to copyright laws)
  • Engineering or modifying a plan to meet local building codes

 

Our modification service is easy to use, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Decide what changes you want to make to your desired plan.
  2. Complete and submit the modification request form for a free quote. Be sure to include all of your contact information and the plan number. Then describe the changes you’d like to make to the plan. Please be as specific as possible when describing your changes. Describe your changes as if you are looking at the plan from the front of the garage. Use key words such as “in the rear”, “on the left side”, and “on the second floor.” When referring to rooms and spaces on the floor plan, use the same titles or labels shown on the floor plan. If the floor plan refers to a storage space, use the words “storage space” rather than “closet.” Provide dimensions whenever possible. Remember to use “width” when referring to measurements running left to right on the floor plan, and use the term “depth” for measurements running from front to back.The more details you provide, the more accurate your quote will be from the modification team. Finally, please provide any sketches you may have that illustrate your modifications.
  3. Our modification team will provide a quote for your modifications by email within a couple of business days. The quote will list the cost for your desired modifications (those you listed on your modification request form) plus the cost of the PDF or CAD file of the original plan. The PDF or CAD file will be necessary to legally change the original copyrighted blueprint. The total cost of your modification project will be the combined total for the modification fees and the blueprint package (PDF or CAD file) listed in the quote.
  4. Follow the instructions outlined in the emailed quote to purchase the original PDF or CAD file of your garage plan, arrange payment for your modifications and proceed with your desired changes to the blueprints.


Other important information:

  • The blueprints for the garage plans and other designs published on this website are drawn to meet national building codes. Modifications are not drawn or designed to meet any particular state, county, or local building codes. We cannot guarantee all revisions to the blueprints will meet your local building codes. It may be necessary to hire a local residential design professional to review the modified blueprints to ensure compliance with your state, county or other local building codes.
  • All modification requests must be submitted in writing using the Modification Request Form. Verbal requests are not accepted.

Learn more about our modification service here.

NOTE: Please keep in mind you always have the option to purchase a plan package that comes with a copyright release and take your blueprints to a local design professional to make your changes.

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Jan 11 2016

What is Included in a Set of Garage Blueprints?

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Plan Information

Garage Plan 047G-0020Are you planning to build a garage? If the answer is, “Yes!” then you have a couple of options when it comes to purchasing a garage blueprint. You might choose to hire a local design professional to draw a custom garage plan, or you might opt to purchase a pre-drawn stock garage plan like those found at www.thegarageplanshop.com. Many people choose to purchase a stock garage plan, but often wonder what is included in a set of blueprints. The list below summarizes the information typically included in a set of construction drawings. Most stock garage plans will include:

 

  1. Coversheet: This page is an artist’s rendering of the finished garage. It is used as a visual aid and represents the completed structure after it is built. In most cases, the coversheet is not necessary for the construction of your new garage. Therefore, some designers do not included it in their construction drawings.
  2. Exterior Elevations: The exterior elevations page(s) depict the exterior of the garage on all four sides. They indicate the exterior finish and trim of the garage by calling out the materials used to finish the outside of the structure such as brick, siding, stone or stucco. The elevations note the placement of these materials on the exterior of the garage. Additionally, roofing materials are specified and roof pitches are indicated. Finally, the exterior elevations note or depict decorative elements like porch columns, carriage lamps, and window shutters. Door and window sizes may be shown on the exterior elevations as well.
  3. Foundation Plan: The foundation plan is a detailed drawing of the garage foundation. It reflects pertinent information about the foundation such as dimensions, column locations, and concrete thickness of footers and foundation walls, as well as other necessary details.
  4. Floor Plans: The floor plan page(s) indicate the layout and construction of each floor of the garage. They typically provide room dimensions, wall sizes, door and window locations, notes about ceiling details and design, and other pertinent construction notes and details.
  5. Interior Elevations: When applicable, the interior elevations describe and provide details and drawings about the built-in elements of a garage apartment or other finished space such as cabinets, handrails, moldings, vanities and built-in shelves or niches.
  6. Simple Plumbing: The simple plumbing information is usually found on the floor plan page, but sometimes it is on a separate page. It depicts placement and locations of bathtubs, showers, toilets and sinks when applicable.
  7. Basic Electric: The basic electrical information can be found on the floor plan or on a separate page. It reflects the suggested locations of outlets, fixtures and switches when applicable.
  8. Sections: Garage plan sections may be found on a separate blueprint page or they might be found on various pages throughout the construction drawings. Typically, they are views of the garage which show the elements and composition of the foundation, interior and exterior walls, floors, stair details and roofs. The sections show the relationship between floors and indicate rooflines and ceiling heights.
  9. Details: Construction details can be found throughout the set of blueprints or they may be found on a separate page. These details convey information about how smaller elements of the structure should be constructed. Some examples include the design of handrail spindles, sizes and styles of trim and moldings, or the look of the fireplace.

 

Please Note: Blueprint pages vary by designer. Not all stock garage plans incorporate every element described above.

 

For additional information, please read, What you Need to Know about Stock Garage Plans.

 

Understanding the elements of stock garage plan and the information that composes a set of blueprints will help you determine if a stock garage plan is right for you.

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Dec 18 2015

Holiday Safety: 7 Helpful Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Holiday Information,Miscellaneous,Safety

Christmas TreeSometimes we get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays that we throw caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is near and as soon as it passes, we go into Christmas mode. Now is a good time to think about holiday safety. These are just reminders for things you already know, but may get too busy to give your full attention. Take a moment to review and truly have a safe holiday.

 

  1. Smoke Alarms – Test smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning. Batteries should be changed twice a year. Make sure family members know what they sound like and what they should do when they hear them.
  2. Escape Plan – Review escape routes and designate a meeting place outside of the house for everyone to gather.
  3. Fireplace Safety – Keep the chimney clean and have it inspected. Use a fire screen to prevent sparks from entering the room. Don’t add anything to the fire. It is tempting to watch that flash of flames from discarded plates and cups or that big ball of wrapping paper, but don’t jeopardize you and your family’s safety. Someone should always be in the room when a fire is burning and put the fire out before going to bed.
  4. Candles – Like the fireplace, this is an open flame that you are allowing in your home. Don’t discount the damage it can do because it is small. Keep candles a good distance from other decorations and extinguish them when leaving the room.
  5. Cooking – Leave nothing unattended. Banish small children from being underfoot in the kitchen. Be aware that your holiday clothing doesn’t flow into a flame. Review how to put out stove top fires and have a working fire extinguisher close by. Unplug any small appliances that you are not using.
  6. Water the Tree – If you keep a live tree in the house make sure you water it every day.  Keep it at least three feet from any heat source. Don’t let the rearranging of your house to accommodate it, block any exit routes.
  7. Check the Lights – Check cords for wear and don’t run any wires under carpets. If your lights blink and they are not supposed to, discard that strand. Don’t overload your circuits and turn all lights and decorations off when going to bed or leaving the house.

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