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Sep 29 2011

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7 Garage Building Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

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Garage Plan 055G-0001Building a garage takes lots of planning and forethought. This list of garage building tips from The Garage Plan Shop will help you get started on your building project and carry you through to completion of the project. Review these tips before you get started:

 

  1. Before you buy a garage plan, consider the purpose of your new garage. How many cars do you plan to store? Do you need a workshop? Extra storage space? Do you need living space? What are the dimensions of your lot or the space you have on which to build? What architectural style do you prefer? Answering these questions will help narrow down garage plan choices allowing you to selecting the right one for your needs.
  2. Hire a builder that has plenty of experience in residential construction. Word of mouth is a good way to find an experienced builder. Check with family members and friends who have built. Ask for recommendations from lumberyards and building supply retailers or your building inspector.
  3. Once you’ve hired a builder/general contractor, go over your entire project. Ask if the builder has any suggestions or sees any immediate problems that must be addressed before construction begins.
  4. Meet with everyone involved in the construction of your new garage including the electrician, framers, roofer, builder/general contractor, etc. Outline all the details of the garage building project from the foundation and plumbing, electrical and HVAC needs (if applicable), to exterior finish and trim and any other details pertinent to the project. Thoroughly planning ahead of time will help you avoid change orders during construction. Not only can these be expensive, but they can extend the construction timeline.
  5. Be sure to think about future uses of the garage, such as converting it to a guest house, or adding a home office at a later time. These possibilities for additional living space will influence installation of HVAC, plumbing and electric.
  6. Take advantage of the opportunity to add a workbench, shelving, cabinets or storage closets during construction. If you think you might add them later, you might as well add them now while you have professionals on the scene who can handle these additions with ease.
  7. Avoid paying for the entire garage building project up front. Make arrangements with the builder or general contractor to pay off the final balance after you’ve had an opportunity to have the final project inspected by your local building inspector.  

 

If you are planning to build a garage, use these handy garage building tips to help you throughout the construction process. For more garage building information check out our resources page.

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Sep 21 2011

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What is Included in a Garage Plan? – The Garage Plan Shop

showimageAre you considering purchasing a garage plan from The Garage Plan Shop? Often our customers want to know what is included in our garage blueprints before they purchase plans. Below is a listing of the elements typically included in the pre-drawn garage plans we published:

 

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Foundation Plan
  3. Floor Plan(s)
  4. Exterior Elevations
  5. Interior Elevations
  6. Sections
  7. Details 
  8. Simple Plumbing
  9. Basic Electric

 

For a detailed description of each element listed here plan review our FAQs.

 

Note: Not all stock garage plans incorporate every element listed here. Blueprint pages vary by designer.

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Sep 14 2011

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Featured 2-Car Garage Plan with Gable Roof – The Garage Plan Shop

2-Car Garage Plan 006G-0018A gable roofline and a siding façade hint at the practicality this 2-car garage plan has to offer. Add sheltered parking or extra storage to your backyard with this handy garage design. Whether you need room for the growing family fleet or extra storage space for basement or attic overflow, you’ll appreciate the 538 square feet of usable space inside. Furthermore, the simple design of this garage allows it to blend well with a variety of architectural styles. Special design elements include a 9’ ceiling and a side-entry service door. Designed to accommodate a broad range of needs, this double garage plan will add value and function to your home. Learn more about this design.

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