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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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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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