Archive for August, 2010

Aug 25 2010

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Know the Basics about Shed Plans

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028S-0006 Shed PlanShed plans are offer a wonderful storage solution for those who may not want something as large as a garage for backyard storage. Using shed plans, one can build a free standing structure to satisfy storage needs, organizational requirements or even provide a workspace or hobby room. Backyard sheds are flexible enough to accommodate a multitude of needs and for many, shed plans are the answer. They provide a safe and dry place to store everything from lawn and garden equipment to tools, hobby supplies, the family bikes and so much more. Shed plans are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Various configurations of rooflines, door arrangements and finishes ensure a broad selection to choose from making it easy to find a shed plan to compliment your home. Furthermore, some shed plans incorporate functional and practical features like an overhead door, utility sink, workbench, workshop, covered porch, storage loft, potting bench or counter space.

 

Shed plans can be found on various blueprint websites such as www.thegarageplanshop.com. The Garage Plan Shop’s shed plans includes the following plans to name a few:

  • storage sheds
  • garden sheds
  • tool sheds
  • potting sheds
  • workshops

 

If you prefer a larger storage solution than a backyard shed, take some time to browse our outbuilding collection.

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Aug 18 2010

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Featured: Garage Workshop Plan from The Garage Plan Shop

012G-0037 Garage Workshop PlanAdd extra sheltered parking, a convenient workspace and value to your home with garage workshop plan. For instance, this special design will please the family handyman giving him a workspace all his own. The 450 square foot workshop area provides a practical space for home repair and maintenance projects, wood working and more. Or, it might be the perfect space for an amateur mechanic. Furthermore, there is plenty of room for a workbench, cabinets and more than enough space for tool storage. Special features include a service entry, access to the 2-car garage and an overhead garage door making it easy to move supplies, tools and other large items in and out of the workshop. Attached to this handy workspace is a double garage delivering 625 square feet of sheltered parking. An overhead door makes it easy to store family vehicles or other motorized items such as a motorcycle or ATV. A second service entry on the side offers access to the parking area. Simple, functional and practical, this 2-car garage workshop plan can’t be beat!

 

Browse the entire collection of garage workshop plans at The Garage Plan Shop.

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Aug 16 2010

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Lighting Fixtures for your New Detached Garage: The Garage Plan Shop

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Carriage LampIf you are building a new detached garage, workshop or outbuilding, there is no doubt you’ll have to make some decisions about the type of lighting and light fixtures you’ll want both inside and outside the garage. If you are planning to build using pre-drawn, detached garage plans like those offered at The Garage Plan Shop, be aware MOST, but not ALL of these construction drawings will come with a basic electrical plan reflecting the locations of fixtures, outlets and switches. It will be the electrician’s job to run the wiring and install the fixtures, outlets and switches according to local electrical codes. You will not be limited to what the floor plan suggests or recommends. As the owner of the garage, you will work out all of your lighting selections and fixtures with your builder and electrician. Take some time to review the different types of lighting fixtures you may want to include with your new garage so you’ll be prepared when construction begins.

 

Outdoor Lighting Fixtures: A comprehensive outdoor lighting plan will achieve safety and security as well as aesthetic beauty. The lighting fixtures you choose and their exterior placement are the most important aspects of your overall lighting plan. They will enhance safety and security by lighting the walking areas and surrounding spaces while deterring unwanted visitors throughout the night. Be sure to choose fixtures that illuminate the garage door(s), service entries, pathways and sidewalks connecting to the home. Consider carriage lamps with motion sensors on both sides of the overhead garage door(s) that turn on as soon as you pull into the driveway. Dusk to dawn light fixtures work well for service entries, and various types of landscaping lights are ideal for lighting the walking areas. Outdoor lighting fixtures are also great for enhancing nighttime curb appeal. Strategically placed fixtures can nicely illuminate special exterior design features and decorative detailing. Be sure to choose fixtures that blend with the architectural elements of the detached garage and your home. Finally, consider landscape lighting for any special shrubbery and plantings that enhance the exterior appearance of your home. A variety of solar powered light fixtures are great for landscape lighting, they are easy to install and you don’t have to remember to turn them on every night.

 

Interior Lighting Fixtures: Your interior lighting plan will be based on how you plan to use the unfinished space of your detached garage, workshop or outbuilding. If your garage will simply be used for parking, a centered, overhead fixture might be all that you need. Consider one that also has a motion sensor so it automatically turns on when the garage door opens lighting the way for you to safely pull the family cars inside. For those who plan to have a workbench along one wall or use the entire space for a workshop, task lighting and shop lighting should be considered. Choose lighting fixtures that will project the light directly on your workbench or work surface giving you plenty of light to work on home repair projects and hobbies. Fluorescent shop lights provide bright light for all types of hobbies, tasks and projects and are relatively inexpensive. If your detached garage floor plan offers finished spaces such as a half bath, office, game room or even an apartment, you’ll have to consider other interior lighting fixtures that are specific for the types of finished rooms you’ll have in your garage. Talk with your electrician or visit a lighting or home improvement store for more ideas on interior lighting fixtures.

 

Before you begin buying light fixtures, take some time to talk with the professionals that will be working on your new detached garage. Come up with a comprehensive lighting plan that will accommodate your needs, provide safety and work well with your architectural style and decorating themes.

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Aug 04 2010

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Discover Garage Plans with Storage from The Garage Plan Shop

006G-0035 Garage Plan with StorageDetached garage plans designed with extra storage space in addition to parking bays for automobiles are known as garage plans with storage. The Garage Plan Shop offers an extensive collection of these floor plans. Because they combine a parking area with a storage space, these garage plans can accommodate a broad ranges of needs. The following list of features and uses will help you decide if a storage garage plan is right for you.

 

  • Often designed on one level, although some garages offer usable space upstairs
  • Single level designs are practical and functional with no steps to climb making it easy to store anything
  • Designed to provide more storage space than a traditional garage
  • Generally accommodate one to three vehicles
  • Parking bays work well for the family cars or for storage space of other motorized items such as an ATV, golf cart or motorcycle
  • Designated storage space is well suited for lawn and garden equipment, the lawn mower, ladders, mechanic’s tools, woodworking projects and craft supplies
  • Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts providing space to store sporting equipment, camping, hunting and fishing gear, and bulky items like canoes, kayaks and bikes
  • Might incorporate organizational features like built-in shelving, cabinets, storage closets or a large storage room
  • Floor plans may include practical features such as a half bath, workbench or drive-thru garage bay
  • Available in a variety of sizes and configurations using various combinations of shallow and deep garage bays and overhead doors
  • Come in a broad selection of architectural styles
  • Various rooflines include gable, reverse gable, hip and gambrel
  • Closely related to garage loft plans and garage workshop plans

 

No matter what your requirements might be, The Garage Plan Shop is offers plenty of garage plans with storage to choose from.

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