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Apr 08 2013

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Custom Drawn Garage Plans NOW Available at The Garage Plan Shop

Custom Garage PlansAre you tired of searching for the perfect detached garage plan, workshop or outbuilding? Have you searched one website after another trying to find a garage plan that satisfies all of your needs? The Garage Plan Shop is pleased to announce we are now offering custom drawn garage plans, outbuildings, carports, workshops, and more! Our custom design team has years of experience working with people just like you to create a garage plan or backyard structure and floor plan that is functional, incorporates your desired amenities and satisfies any special needs you may have while reflecting your lifestyle. Furthermore, our custom designers can ensure your new garage or other structure blends seamlessly with the design and style of your home or surrounding buildings. The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom garage design! Now you can have:

 

·         The oversized garage with workshop you’ve always wanted

·         An RV garage that neatly handles your motor home boat and everyday cars too

·         The woodworking shop you’ve been dreaming of for years

·         A backyard storage shed you desperately need

·         A detached garage with room for the family cars, your motorcycle, the kids’ bikes and the recycling bins and still have room to walk and move inside

·         A garage apartment that offers parking and a workshop on the main level for you and rental property above for a tenant so you can earn extra income

·         A custom drawn outbuilding or shed that accommodates all of your farm equipment in one place

·         A horse barn for your home-based business of giving horseback riding lessons

·         The pool house or cabana that complements your pool and outdoor living spaces

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom garage design..

 

As one of the leading publishers in the garage plan industry, The Garage Plan Shop is leading the way in accommodating customers who desire a custom garage plan or other backyard structure. You can learn more about our custom design service by visiting our Affordable Custom Garage Design Page. Then, complete and submit our custom garage design request form to receive a brief consultation and free quote regarding your custom designed dream garage or other structure.

 

Building a garage plan, carport, workshop, outbuilding plan or other outdoor structure will increase the value of your home or other piece of property while satisfying your specific needs. At The Garage Plan Shop, we believe everyone should have an opportunity to build their dream garage, workshop or outbuilding, and we hope you’ll take advantage of our custom design service to achieve your goal.

 

Our custom design service can provide other custom designs such as single-family homes, multi-family units, commercial building plans and much more!

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Sep 13 2012

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How Can I Find a Garage Plan to Meet My Specific Criteria? – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 057G-0002If you’ve decided you want to build a new detached garage, chances are you probably have a general idea about the type of garage you want to build. Our simple search tool and our advanced search tool can help you find garage plans that will meet your specific criteria. Simply enter your required features and criteria and the website will do all the work for you. By using either search tool, the website will narrow down the possible choices and display only those that include the specific criteria you selected. TIP: When entering your search criteria consider the overall dimensions of your lot and enter a width and depth that will fit on your lot. Likewise if you are looking for special features such as a loft or living space, choose the appropriate garage plan style.

 

In some cases you may find a garage plan that is close to what you need, but it isn’t quite perfect. If you find a garage that satisfies the majority of your needs, you can complete and submit a modification request form to get a free quote for the changes you will need to make your selected garage plan perfect. Our modification team will provide a quote within a couple of business days. At that time, you’ll also receive information about ordering plans with your specified modifications should you decide to move forward.

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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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Aug 31 2011

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Choosing the Best Garage Plan for Your Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 010G-0004When it comes to building a detached garage plan, choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. With hundreds of designs available online, how do you know which one will be best for you? The Garage Plan Shop has a few tips to help you begin your search for the right garage blueprint and then narrow down your choices to find exactly the right one.

 

  1. Know what you are looking for and consider what type of garage you need. What is your lot size? What how many bays do you need? What do you plan to store/park inside? Do you need extra storage space?
  2. Use the search tool on the website to narrow the selection based on the maximum width and depth of your lot or property to find only those plans that will fit in the allotted space.
  3. From these results, eliminate the plans you don’t want. If you are only looking for a 2-car garage, eliminate everything else with more or less bays.
  4. Now check the elevations of the remaining plans. Try to picture each garage on your property and how it will look with your house or any other surrounding buildings. Eliminate any designs that do not have the “look” you desire.
  5. Now review the floor plans and pay attention to traditional elements like the overhead door arrangements and special features. Does it matter to you if you have one large overhead door or do you prefer two smaller ones? Would it be helpful to have a half bath, workbench or storage closet in the garage. Consider the pros and cons of the features each remaining garage plan offers. Eliminate any that don’t get your attention.
  6. With the few remaining garage plans, determine which garage plan has the right look and features that will best accommodate your needs and select the one you like most.

 

With these handy tips you’ll be on your way to selecting the garage plan that will best satisfy your needs.

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Apr 11 2011

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Plan Ahead: 9 Things to Think About Before Building a Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 0028G-0022For some guys (and gals) the garage may be the most important part of their home or property. When building a detached garage, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead. Know how you want to use your garage and what special elements you might need so you can accommodate those needs and incorporate special features during construction. Below is a list of nine things to consider before you purchase a garage plan and begin building.

 

  1. Use: Are you just going to store a couple cars in the garage or do you plan to use it for storage space or a hobby room too? Knowing how you plan to use the garage with determine what special elements you need to incorporate.
  2. Ventilation: Make sure you have a plan for ventilation. During the winter, many will raise their garage doors and starts their cars allowing them to warm up. This allows toxic fumes and gases such as carbon monoxide to escape the garage without causing harm or health risks. However, if you’re not actually sitting in your car or inside the garage while your car is warming up, an open garage door is an invitation for car theft. In this case, you would benefit from installing an exhaust fan. Likewise, if you plan to use the garage for painting or hobbies that may create fumes, an exhaust fan is a necessary element to ensure health and safety.
  3. Car Storage: If you are planning to use the garage for parking, consider the size of your vehicles. If you are storing a typical sedan style car, you probably won’t need to make adjustments. On the other hand, storing oversized vehicles such as an SUV or truck may require a garage plan with taller overhead garage doors and deeper bays.
  4. Storage Space: Typically, garages are used for parking the cars, but somehow, many of us transform our garages into a multi-purpose storage space. If this is the case for your family, plan ahead. What items will you be storing in the garage? Toys? Lawn and garden equipment? The lawnmower? The kids’ bikes? Sporting equipment? Half-used cans of paint? Know what you want to store in the garage and choose a floor plan that offers extra space for storage shelves, cabinets and even wall space to hang shovels, rakes, brooms, etc. You might even choose a garage plan that offers an upper level storage space such as a loft for stashing holiday decorations and seasonal items.
  5. Tool Storage: If you plan to work on your cars in the garage, be sure to allow room for tool boxes, auto parts, oil containers, etc., keeping everything handy for when you need it.
  6. Workspace or Workbench: The family handy man knows all too well it is important to have a workbench or workspace in the garage providing a place to work on home repair projects and store necessary tools such as screwdrivers, hammer, nails, tape measure and that can of WD40. Be sure your work surface is sturdy and plan to have cabinets or shelves to store supplies within an arm’s reach. This gives you a place to work on projects without having to clean them up before you finish. And the last thing you want to do is work on your project on the floor when you could be working at a nice bench.
  7. Electrical: Depending on how you use your garage will determine the electrical plan. What kind of lighting will you need? If you plan to use the garage as a workshop, you’ll need task lighting or shop lights. Also, what type of electrical access will you need? If you plan to charge the rechargeable batteries of power tools, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of outlets and enough voltage to get the job done. Will you be using an air compressor or a welder? You’ll need 220 volt outlets for these items. Plan to locate outlets in easy-to-access areas and make sure they can deliver the electric you’ll need for the things you plan to plug in. Your electrician can help you with this.
  8. Heating and Cooling: If you plan to be working in your garage a fair amount of time throughout the year, consider insulating the walls and adding a heating and cooling unit that is efficient for your climate. That way you’ll always be comfortable while you work.
  9. Seal the Concrete: Most garages are subjected to a lot of wear and tear and abuse. Keep your garage floor looking brand new for years to come by sealing it with a high quality epoxy paint or sealer. When car fluids leak on the floor or you spill a gasoline can, you’ll appreciate having a sealed garage floor making clean-ups go easily and smoothly.

 

Remember, your garage IS YOUR GARAGE. Only you know just what you need and how you plan to use it, so take the time to plan ahead and make your garage what you want it to be.

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