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Nov 17 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop Compares Garage Plans and Carport Plans

While you may have decided you need additional sheltered parking at home, you might not know if you should build a detached garage plan or a carport plan. The Garage Plan Shop is here to help you. We’ve compared both structures and provided some of the pros and cons for each parking structure.

 

047G-0012 Garage PlanPros of Garage Plans

·         Garage plans are large enough to store one or more cars and often provide extra storage space for other things. Some even offer storage closets or an upper level loft.

·         Enclosed on all four sides, a garage protects anything you store from the elements, including sun damage, and ensures dry storage for anything that cannot be exposed to moisture.

·         Installing quality doors, locks and windows allows safe storage of cars, tools, auto parts, lawn and garden equipment and basement and attic overflow, protecting your belongings from thieves and vandals.

·         The enclosed garage combined with quality doors and windows keeps pests and small critters out and prevents them from damaging anything you need to store.

·         Garages offer plenty of wall space for organizational shelving and cabinets offering places to keep tools, toys, gardening supplies and anything else you might not want to store.

·         Detached garage plans provide an alternative and sometimes larger storage solution than a backyard lawn and garden shed.

·         Detached garages are flexible spaces that work well as a workshop, hobby space, or outbuilding and can even accommodate some home based businesses.

 

Cons of Garage Plans

·          Detached garage plans are much more complex than carports and will require more building skills and experience for construction.

·         Time and money are a factor. It takes much longer and quite a bit more money to build a garage than a carport.

·         Because a detached garage is more complex than a carport, you’ll have to follow more rules and regulations to meet building codes and safety regulations. Check with your building department to find out more about building codes.

 

006G-0009 Carport PlanPros of Carport Plans

·         Building a carport will cost much less that building a detached garage.

·         Carports are more basic structures than garages, so you won’t have to follow as many building codes and regulations.

·         Because carport plans are so simple, they will take less time to construct. If you’re handy, you might be able to build it on your own in a weekend or two.

·         Carports offer enough shelter to protect your car from sun damage, falling limbs, hail damage and dripping sap from trees.

·         An open carport provides plenty of natural ventilation for your car.

·         Some carport plans offer one or two solid walls offering a space to add storage shelving or cabinets.

·         Some carport plans are flexible enough for uses other than car storage. They can provide a sheltered space to work on a car no matter what the weather and can even serve as a covered porch or patio for grilling and other outdoor activities.

 

Cons of Carport Plans

·         Most carport plans are only large enough to house one or two automobiles. They don’t always offer additional space to store other items like a workbench or holiday decorations.

·         Carports are generally open on one or more sides and can be open on all sides, meaning the carport is not secure for storage, and you can’t completely protect your things for the wind, rain and sun damage.

·         You cannot lock a carport, so it is not a good place to store valuable items such as mechanics tools or the riding mower.

·         Carports won’t keep insects and curious critters out, so anything stored under the carport is a risk for damage by unwanted pests.

 

If you don’t have the time or money to build a detached garage plan, a carport will efficiently serve its purpose protecting your cars from the elements. Plus, you can always enclose the carport at a later time. However, if it is in your budget and you have the time to build a detached garage plan, in most cases, the garage will be worth the investment.

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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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Sep 15 2010

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Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, 4th Edition Released

The National Association of Home Builders released the fourth edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines last week. This important reference is the most widely used reference in the building industry. This fully updated and revised version provides detailed information regarding how new homes should perform and helps builders and remodelers manage customer expectations while delivering high-performance homes.

 

The 4th edition is available in a consumer version and a contractor version.

 

The consumer’s version:

  • Helps homeowners understand the basics of a properly constructed home
  • Helps homeowners understand how a new home should perform during the warranty period

 

The contractor’s version of the fourth edition features:

·         New guidelines addressing efflorescence, deflection and water penetration

·         A collection of almost 300 guidelines in 12 major construction categories

·         Remodeling-specific guidelines

·         Tips for taking critical measurements

·         Language for writing/preparing contracts

·         A glossary

 

Find out more about the newest edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines.

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Sep 15 2010

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Should You Build a Garage? Getting Started – The Garage Plan Shop

034G-0002 Garage PlanAre you tired of scraping snow, ice and frost from your windows? Would you like to protect your car(s) from Mother Nature’s fury and possible theft? Could you use a little extra storage space? A workshop? Or both? It might be time to build a detached garage. Detached garage plans are available in a multitude of sizes and styles. Furthermore, some floor plans provide special features such as full or half baths, an upstairs storage loft or even finished living space. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be thrilled to find out how your property value will increase when you build such a handy and practical addition to your home or property.

 

Before you start making all kinds of decisions about the type of garage you’d like to build, take some time to check with the local building department. Find out if you are allowed to build a garage on your property. Learn about your building codes and other requirements before you begin. Ask about obtaining necessary building permits, etc. After you’ve done a little legwork, it will be time to start making decisions. Below is a list of items you should consider that will help you get started with your building project.

 

·         Determine the purpose of the garage.

·         Consider space requirements, easements and setbacks to determine what size garage you can build.

·         Decide how many vehicles you wish to accommodate.

·         Determine from which side you will access the garage and if you need to extend/expand your driveway to allow access to the new structure.

·         Determine if you need a garage with extra deep bays to accommodate oversized vehicles, boat storage, a workbench or storage of lawn and garden equipment or mechanic’s tools.

·         Decide if you will have upper level storage or finished space and how to access it.

·         Consider your requirements for potential finished space such as a bathroom, home office, recreation room or living quarters.

·         Select an architectural style that blends nicely with your home.

·         Choose building materials consistent with the exterior finish, trim and styling of your house that meet or exceed local building standards.

·         Determine what size garage door(s) you need and select a style to match your home and the exterior of the garage.

·         Decide if you would like to add one or more service doors and where you would like them to be located. Consider the number and placement of windows.

·         Select a garage door opener suitable for the garage doors you chose.

·         Determine what electrical fixtures, outlets and switches you’ll need, including indoor and outdoor lighting.

·         Consider electrical wiring needs you may have inside the garage such as charging power tools or adding an extra refrigerator in the garage.

·         Decide if you want the space heated and cooled.

 

 

Browse detached garage plans at The Garage Plan Shop.

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Sep 01 2010

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Building a Detached Garage: The Importance of Garage Plans

006G-0089 Garage PlanSometimes when homeowners and land owners decide to build a new detached garage on their property, they question the importance of buying garage plans. Some believe it is an unnecessary expense in the construction process and may try to build their garage from the simple floor plans found in magazines and project plan books or on a garage plan websites. However, the truth of the matter is stock garage plans are a vital part of the garage building process. It is important and necessary to purchase garage blueprints before construction begins. Below is a list of reasons why a new garage owner or a builder should purchase garage blueprints when building a garage.

 

  • Purchasing construction drawings gives the garage owner permission from the designer or architect to build the original copyrighted design without breaking copyright laws. It grants the owner legal permission to build the detached garage.
  • A set of garage blueprints in the most complete resource you and the builder will have for the entire building project.
  • Garage plans outline the garage’s complete structure from the foundation and wall framing to the roof framing, exterior finish and trim and interior layout.
  • The blueprints clearly define and illustrate what the owner expects the finished garage to look like when construction is complete.
  • Garage plans outline and describe the design you are building before construction begins providing a complete overall concept of the entire building project.
  • Garage blueprints are a necessary and useful tool in preparing the site or lot, planning the interior space, generating a building schedule or timeline and setting a budget.
  • Blueprints map the boundaries for every room or space within the structure, indicate square footage of the garage and any finished spaces, and depict major elements on the floor plan such as finished rooms, bathrooms/half baths, doorways, windows and stairs when required.
  • Garage plans depict changes in elevations. Interior elevations may reflect a staircase to an upper floor loft or studio apartment. Exterior elevations will depict how the garage will sit on the lot relative to the grade of the land such as a garage designed for a sloping lot or a drive-under garage.
  • Floor plans provide a “map” and call attention to consideration for any special elements such as a covered porch, bathroom, living quarters or an attached carport.
  • Because designers of pre-drawn garage plans create floor plans with many of today’s most requested features in mind, they are a smart and less expensive alternative to drawing a custom garage plan from scratch. These plans provide most of the features you are looking for at a fraction of the cost.
  • Various pre-drawn blueprint packages (CAD files and reproducible masters) come with a copyright release allowing the owner to work with a professional designer or qualified builder to make changes to the original copyrighted plan, further accommodating specific needs.

 

If you are considering building a new garage, take some time to review the importance of purchasing garage plans. For further information about buying garage plans and blueprints, take some time to review all the helpful information in The Garage Plan Shop’s resource section.

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