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Apr 20 2011

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4 Advantages of Building a Detached Garage Plan – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plans 033G-0022For most of us, the garage is considered an extension of the home, and for many, a garage can do much more than just store the family cars. Aside from the space they offer, detached garages are certainly a multi-purpose structure. They are built for any number of reasons and functions making it advantageous to add one to your home or property. Below is a list of some of the advantages of building a detached garage plan.

 

  1. A garage offers security and protection. It is a place where your cars are secure from potential vandals, theft and other car crimes or critters that might try to make themselves at home under the hood or in the undercarriage of the car. Also, a detached garage will protect your cars from the elements such as hail, wind, ice, snow and sun, not to mention a falling tree during a severe thunderstorm. And who wants to scrape the ice and frost off their windows every morning before work, when they can just park their car in a garage? Finally, a detached garage can offer locked storage space for tools and other valuables you might not necessarily store inside your home.
  2. For the family handyman, a garage makes a nice tool shed or workshop. Add cabinets, shelving and a workbench and you have plenty for room to store tools and supplies and still have space to work on home repair projects.
  3. A detached garage plan makes a nice hobby room for woodworkers and other hobbyists giving them a place to work on projects without disturbing the rest of the home. Also, it keeps harmful fumes and gases (from paints and other items) from entering the living areas of the home. Ventilation will be necessary if you plan to use your garage for such activities.
  4. Adding a garage to your property will increase the value or your home or lot. Should you ever decide to sell, you may see a nice return on your investment. 

Building a detached garage plan has many advantages. They enhance living spaces, add extra storage and parking and provide workspace. Garages don’t have to be big and decked out with the most expensive features and accessories. They just have to serve the purposes for which they are built. If you are considering building a detached garage plan, take some time to browse the floor plans at The Garage Plan Shop. There are plenty of designs and styles to choose from that will satisfy your needs.

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Mar 30 2011

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5 Tips for Building a Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 010G-0003Before you build a detached garage plan, there are a few things you should know that will make the construction process go more smoothly for you. The Garage Plan Shop recommends reviewing these tips before you begin:

 

  1. Decide what functions and purpose the garage will serve. Do you need parking only? Parking and storage? For those who need additional living space, a garage loft plan or garage apartment plan might satisfy your needs. What do you plan to park in the garage? An SUV or boat? Some garage floor plans have extra deep bays to accommodate the length of oversized vehicles and boats. There is a multitude of garage plans available to satisfy a wide range of needs.
  2. Consider the style of your garage. Detached garage plans can be a valuable addition to any home or piece of property. Choose an architectural style for your garage that blends with your home or other buildings on the property delivering a look as if all the structures were built at the same time. Garage blueprints are available in a broad range of architectural styles. Also, using the same exterior materials as the other buildings on your property will help the structures blend.
  3. If you are looking for special extras with your garage floor plans, decide what features you absolutely must have and which other ones might be nice to have if available. Do you need a half or full bath? Would you like a workbench or workshop? If your garage has a loft, do you want a staircase or will a pull-down stair work for you? Keeping in mind the intended function of you garage will help you decide what extras you may need or want.
  4. Purchase blueprints that match your discriminating needs from a reliable source and be aware of what is included in the garage blueprints. Most garage plans sold online are considered pre-drawn stock plans and include enough information for an experienced builder to construct the garage. Typically, pre-drawn garage plans include the interior and exterior elevations, a foundation plan, floor plans and construction notes. Some plans might also include details, cross-sections and other building specifications. Be aware, these types of garage plans are designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time they are created. However, this does not mean they will meet all local building codes and requirements. Your builder may need to make some adjustments for you during construction to meet local building codes. In some cases, you may even need to hire a local design professional to make necessary changes to the blueprints, and in other cases, you may need to hire a local engineer or architect to seal/stamp/approve the garage plans in order to get building permits. We recommend you contact your local building department for further information about what is required in your area.
  5. In order to cut costs considerably, consider buying raw materials in bulk from a wholesaler if possible. This includes cement, gravel, sand, plywood, lumber, nails, etc. Buying in bulk will also save you the hassle of making several trips back and forth to the store or lumberyard. 


Building a detached garage plan is no easy task, but these helpful tips will help you get started

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Mar 16 2011

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16 Ways to Use a Detached Garage Plan - The Garage Plan Shop

Detached Garage Plan 034G-0002Detached garage plans are an ideal option for a homeowner who needs an outbuilding or just extra usable space. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles from a 1-car garage to a 3-car garage or larger and their uses are just as varied. Here are 16 things you can do with a detached garage plan:

 

1.    The most obvious is to protect your vehicles from the elements and theft. If your home does not have a garage or you have more cars than garage bays, a detached garage plan is the right solution.

2.    If you own a motor home or RV, then a detached garage plan with RV bay is what you need. RV garages provide a place to protect your investment when not on the road and they are designed to accommodate the height and length of motor homes.

3.     For fishermen and boating enthusiasts, a boat storage garage is a great option. Garage plans for boat storage have extra deep bays accommodating the length of boats and even trailers. Instead of renting a boat slip at the marina, especially though the off season, you can keep your boat close by and completely enclosed in your new detached garage. Once the garage is paid for, you’ll start saving your monthly payment for the boat slip.

4.     Any type of detached garage is perfect for extra storage accommodating basement and attic overflow. If necessary, use the entire garage for storage, or park the car inside and use the remaining space for storage. Don’t forget garage loft plans provide additional storage on the upper level.

5.     For those who own lots of “big boy toys” a detached garage works well for extracurricular vehicle storage, including ATVs, motor cycles, jet skis, a golf cart, etc. If you already have an attached garage filled with these things, maybe you can build a detached garage for your “toys” so you can actually park the cars in the attached garage.

6.    Garage apartment plans offer extra living space. They combine typical garage parking with a finished living space. The living space can be used as a guest or in-law suite, rental property or a place for boomerang children to stay until they get back on their feet. If you choose the rental option, you’ll earn extra income to help you pay for your new garage.

7.    If you are the kind of person who enjoys restoring old cars, a detached garage gives you a place to store your car out of sight instead of parking the ole’ eye sore behind your house. Furthermore, you’ll have plenty of room for tools and auto parts and you can work on your favorite car no matter what the weather.

8.    Woodworkers might prefer to have a wood shop for woodworking projects and small crafts. You’ll have a place to store your tools and supplies so you can work on your projects anytime you wish.

9.    With more and more people working from home, building a garage is becoming a popular choice for those who need a home office, a quite place to work without actually leaving home. A garage can be turned in to finished living space for use as a home office. This can be done with a simple 1-car garage, but don’t forget the option of a garage with loft or flex space giving you room to work and extra parking.

10.  Crafters and hobbyists might find a detached garage is perfect for a craft or sewing room. This is another instance where the garage can be finished to suit your needs giving you a place to store supplies and leave project out so you don’t have to clean up each time you finish working. 

11.  For those who have a creative mind, a detached garage plan is well suited to be finished for use as an artist’s studio. It provides a quite place to get away from it all and just create. From pottery to painting and everything in between you’ll love having a studio.

12.  For gardening enthusiasts, a small garden shed may not offer the storage that a garage plan can offer. Garages are the ideal solution for those who need a large gardening shed to store the riding mower, garden hoses, gardening tools, flower pots and other related items.

13.  Garages can serve as an outbuilding for seasonal storage accommodating pool supplies, patio furniture, the snow blower and other miscellaneous items than need to be stored away during the off season.

14.  Families with small children understand the need for the kids to have an open and safe place to play. An empty detached garage is the perfect place on rainy and cold days. A space heater can keep things warm while your kids kick balls, ride tricycles or jump rope. The empty garage gives them an opportunity to exercise while staying safe and warm.

15.  Auto mechanics might appreciate an RV garage plan. With extra tall ceilings, some allow enough room to install a call lift to work on automobiles giving you an opportunity to enjoy what you love.

16.  Don’t forget the family handyman. A detached garage can easily serve as a workshop plan instead of parking for the family vehicles. With a little effort you can add a work bench and tool organizers creating a great workshop to take care of home repair projects.

 

No matter what your needs might be it is clear detached garage plans are well suited to handle a broad range of tasks. What will you do with a detached garage?

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Dec 29 2010

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What can a Detached Garage Plan Do for You?

008G-0003 Detached Garage PlanDetached garage plans are versatile utilitarian structures that satisfy a multitude of needs. They are an ideal addition to almost any piece of property due to their flexible nature. Furthermore, detached garages are available in a broad range of sizes and styles appealing to a diverse group of builders and buyers. From a simple 1-car garage plan to a 3-car garage with an apartment above, these practical parking shelters have plenty to offer. So what can a detached garage do for you? Consider one of The Garage Plan Shop’s garage floor plans or garage apartment plans for one or a combination of these purposes:

 

  • Sheltered parking for the family cars
  • Storage space for basement or attic overflow
  • Workshop for the family handyman
  • Boat storage
  • Storage for “water toys” like kayaks, jet skis and canoes
  • Storage for lifejackets, beach towels, fishing poles, inner tubes and other water gear
  • RV storage
  • Motorcycle storage
  • Golf cart or ATV parking
  • Hobby or craft room
  • Backyard shed
  • Storage space for seasonal items like holiday decorations
  • Mechanic’s garage
  • Storage for auto parts and tools
  • Lawn and garden storage
  • A place for the kids’ sporting equipment like bikes, scooters, skateboards, helmets, ball gloves, baseball bats, hockey sticks and more
  • A place for adults to store sporting equipment, hunting gear, golf clubs and outdoor wear
  • Upper level home office, exercise room, home theater or recreation room
  • Guest or in-law suite
  • Rental property for extra income
  • Privacy for your college student
  • Living quarters for the nanny, grounds keeper, ranch hands, etc.
  • Temporary living quarters while a permanent residence is being built
  • Vacation home or weekend retreat
  • An alternative to a hunting cabin
  • Private residence for an aging relative who enjoys privacy and independence, but sometimes requires a bit of assistance

 

With detached garage plans, the possibilities are endless, just use your imagination.

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Dec 14 2010

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Building a Garage: You May Need to Hire These Professionals

Builder/ContractorIf you have decided to build a detached garage in your backyard, beside your home or on another piece of property, it is necessary to understand, this is not a simple project. Unless you have all the specific skills required for the building project, you will probably need to hire an experienced builder, contractor or a variety of professionals skilled in the various building trades. Below is a list of the skilled professionals you may need to hire to build your new detached garage.

 

·         Excavator

·         Concrete contractor

·         Carpenter

·         Roofer

·         Electrician

·         Plumber

·         Stone mason, bricklayer or someone to install siding

·         Drywall contractor

·         Garage door contractor

 

Depending on how much of the interior finishing and decorating you plan to do yourself (if necessary), you may need to hire other professionals to finish the interior including any finished spaces such as an office, bathroom or loft.

 

For more information about garage plans or building a garage, please visit The Garage Plan Shop.

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