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Oct 27 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop: Building a Garage, Primary Steps of the Construction Process

028G-0004 Garage PlanIf you are planning to build a detached garage, it is important to realize it is not a simple project. It is necessary to have an understanding of the overall project and the main points of the construction process. This list will help you familiarize yourself with the main steps of the building process.

 

1.    Clear and excavate the lot removing trees, shrubbery, grass and top soil.

2.    Prepare the excavated site for the foundation by digging a hole to pour the foundation.

3.    Build the form for the footings and concrete.

4.    Pour the concrete footings and floor.

5.    Frame the walls.

6.    Construct the roof and finish with shingles or preferred roofing material.

7.    Install garage door(s), service doors(s) and windows.

8.    Add exterior finish such as siding.

9.    Install ventilation, electricity and plumbing.

10.  Install vapor barrier and insulation.

11.  Install drywall.

12.  Prime and paint interior if desired.

13.  Seal the concrete floor and/or install floor covering if desired

14.  Add organizational features such as shelving units and cabinets.

15.  Landscape lot.

 

Please note: Some of the steps listed above may happen simultaneously instead of separately.

 

Reviewing and understanding the primary steps of the construction process will help you get started building your new garage. For more information about building a detached garage, check out The Garage Plan Shop’s resource page.

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Oct 20 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop - Classic Storage Shed Plan with Handy Workbench

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050S-0009 Shed PlanAttention gardeners, families, and handymen! Take a look at this versatile storage shed plan. The ideal addition to any backyard, this shed design accommodates a broad range of needs. Gardeners can use this space to to store lawn and garden tools, supplies and equipment. The workbench is just right for potting plants. Families might find this floor plan especially handy for backyard storage. With the double door entry, it is easy to store bikes, outdoor toys, sporting equipment and the lawn mower. Better yet, this storage shed plan provides extra space freeing up the garage and ensuring you’ll have plenty of room to park the family cars. If the handyman in your life needs a place to store tools and a workbench for tinkering and working on small home repair projects, this storage shed can’t be beat! Delivering 224 square feet of usable storage space, this design will add value and functionality to any backyard. Furthermore, with its simple design and classic gambrel roof, it is easy to imagine this handy shed plan neatly tucked into the corner of your backyard!

 

Please browse our entire collection of shed plans at The Garage Plan Shop. Shed plans are the ideal storage solution for those in need of something smaller than a garage.

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Oct 15 2010

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Time is Running Out for The Garage Plan Shop’s Facebook Shipping Promotion

Don’t miss out! Just 2 weeks left for The Garage Plans Shop’s special Facebook shipping promotion. Visit our Facebook Page and Like Us to find a special shipping promotion code for Facebook friends only.

 

Only until October 31st: The Garage Plan Shop is offering FREE Ground Shipping or $25.00 OFF Priority or Express Shipping on the initial sale of any blueprint package. Simply enter or mention the special promotional code you find on our Facebook page when you Like our page.

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Oct 13 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop: 6 Uses for Garage Plans Other than Parking

006G-0061 Garage PlanMost of us think of the garage as a place to park the car, but overtime, garages have evolved into much more that. The garage can accommodate many more needs than traditional parking. Designed to accommodate anything from one car to four or more vehicles, the sky is the limit when it comes to the many possibilities a garage can offer. If you need extra space to accommodate a specific need, consider garage plans. Here are some of the most popular uses for garage plans beyond parking the family cars:

 

Storage Space – Every family needs storage. Whether you lack a basement or your basement and attic are overflowing with boxes, a detached garage makes a great storage space for items that just don’t seem to fit in the house. A garage also works well for storing sporting equipment and the kids’ toys from bikes and scooters to ball gloves, golf clubs and even hunting gear. Garages can provide a place for storing seasonal items when not in use such as pool equipment and patio furniture when the weather turns cold and holiday decorations. Add shelves and cabinets for organization. 

 

 Lawn and Garden Shed – For those with a green thumb, there are always tools, supplies and other lawn and garden equipment that need to be stored rear round. A 1-car or 2-car garage offers a nice alternative to a backyard shed and features an overhead door making it easy to access big items like the riding lawn mower without a hassle. Furthermore, it is easy to add shelves or cabinets to accommodate small hand tools, flower pots, seeds and bulbs for your flower or vegetable garden. You might even want to add a planting table or utility sink.

 

Workshop – The family handy man will know just how to convert a detached garage plan into a workshop. Garages make a great shop area providing opens spaces to work on large projects with plenty of room to store tools, lumber and other supplies. They even offer enough space to add a workbench or table. Furthermore, there is no need to clean up your home repair project every time you work on it. A workshop will allow you to leave the project in progress and come back to finish it later. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can lock the garage keeping the kids from wandering inside and possibly harming themselves with sharp tools or heavy items.

 

Hobby Room – Hobbyists, crafters and woodworkers often need a large workspace to work on various projects that can be dirty, create a lot of dust or require a large layout space that a room in the home or the basement can’t provide. Building a detached garage plan for a hobby room keeps the mess outside and provides the hobbyist a space all his or her own to work on projects without disturbing the family or creating unwanted noises and messes inside the house. Garage plans offer more than enough storage space for tools and supplies. Add good task lighting, a workbench, table or other work surface and you’ll be ready to go!

 

Mechanic’s Garage – Auto mechanics and car enthusiasts might like a detached garage for working on cars rather than just protecting them from the elements. Furthermore, these people have a lot of tools and auto parts. Many designs include storage closets providing a great place to keep these items out of a child’s reach.  

 

Detached garage plans a very versatile and flexible accommodating many different needs. What can a garage plan do for you?

 

Browse garage floor plans at The Garage Plan Shop now.

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Oct 07 2010

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Creating your Man Cave - Resources to Help you Do It - The Garage Plan Shop

Last month The Garage Plan Shop posted our blog, “Is Your Garage the Ultimate Man Cave?” This is a follow up to that blog. ChangeofAddress.org recently posted a list of resources to help you create your very own Man Cave. The list includes fun and interesting sites that are sure to help you create a “guy space” where you can kick back and relax by yourself or hang with the guys whether it is a room in the basement, a bonus room upstairs or in the garage. So what are you waiting for? It is time to get started!

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