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Oct 01 2015

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Pros and Cons of Building with Detached Garage Plans

001G-0002 Detached Garage PlanDo you need extra parking or a sheltered storage space? Are you considering building a detached garage? Below are some of the pros and cons of building a detached garage.



·         Most stock garage plans are of high quality and provide all the information you’ll need to build the garage with the exception of local requirements due to regional and climactic factors. Some are even available with material lists for an extra charge.

·         With sturdy doors and quality locks, a garage offers a secure and dry place to park the cars plus store other items in most cases. You can add cabinets and shelves to accommodate tools, outdoor toys, lawn and garden supplies, etc. Some garages even offer an unfinished loft above or another storage space, such as a closet, to handle basement and attic overflow.

·         Garage floor plans easily offer wall spaces for adding hooks and racks designed to hold everything from the family bikes and leaf rakes to jackets and sporting equipment.

·         Unlike an open-sided carport, garage plans deliver four walls (if you include the garage door wall) providing complete protection from the sun, hail, wind, snow and rain ensuring your automobiles are safe no matter what weather Mother Nature brings.

·         With four walls and no opening, garage plans keep small animals and pests away from your car that might otherwise to crawl up inside if the car were parked in a carport or on an open driveway.

·         Garage floor plans provide an opportunity to convert the unfinished space to usable living space should you have a need to do so in the future.



·         Building a garage plan can be an expensive project when compared to a carport.

·         Garage plans take much longer to build than a simple carport.

·         In most cases, you’ll have to follow quite a few rules when it comes to building codes and local building regulations.

·         You may be required to obtain a building permit in order to build a detached garage. You might also have to schedule regular inspections with the building inspector throughout the construction process. Check with your local building department to find out what will be required.


If you have the money, space and extra time to build a garage verses a carport, it may be well to your advantage to build a sturdy structure that provides protection on all sides, locked doors, a dry interior and plenty of room for parking and storage.


Visit The Garage Plan Shop to find the right detached garage plan for you.

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Jun 21 2013

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How Can I Design and Purchase Custom Drawn Garage Plans? – The Garage Plan Shop

If you can’t find the perfect design to build your dream garage, you might consider purchasing a custom drawn garage plan. You probably already have ideas about what you want – the size of the garage, the style, what features it will have, etc. Share all your thoughts, ideas and requirements with our custom design team and receive a free quote for your custom drawn garage plan. Simply complete and submit the custom garage design request from. Provide as many specific details as you can about what you will require for your new garage such as:

  • Overall width and depth
  • Number of bays
  • Number of garage doors
  • Number of levels
  • Necessary storage space – extra deep/tall bay for a boat or RV, parking for the family cars, room for family bikes, ATVs, motorcycles, golf cart, canoe, etc.
  • Finished living space above or beside the garage (garage apartment, loft, studio, etc.)
  • Special features – half bath, full bath, storage closet, drive-thru bay, etc.
  • Ceiling height
  • Workshop or workbench

When you submit your custom garage design request form, you can attach any sketches you may have, a photo of the home you’d like to match, a survey of the property, etc. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for our custom design team to understand exactly what you are looking for with your custom garage.

After our custom design team has reviewed your submissions, one of our experienced designers will contact you for a brief consultation and provide you with a free quote for your custom design garage. For more information, be sure to review our article about custom drawn garage plans.

Our custom design team can accommodate customers looking for custom plans for something other than a garage. Our designers can work with you to design a home, carport, backyard shed, play house, barn, stable, outbuilding, duplex and much, much more!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Jun 10 2013

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6 Practical Garage Building Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Whether you’re building your dream garage or just a simple detached, 2-car garage to accommodate the growing family fleet, these garage building tips will prepare you for what is to come while helping to ensure the building experience is exciting and enjoyable. Building a garage is a substantial investment that will add functionality to your lifestyle and enhance the value of your home. Follow our garage building tips to achieve success.

  1. Select the best location. It is necessary to position the garage on your property in the best location to accommodate your needs. Measure the overall size of the available space so you can choose a plan that will fit within the parameters of your backyard or the available and useable space. Be
  2. Choose a qualified builder. Not everyone who calls themselves a builder is a qualified builder. Take some time to research builders to ensure you’re hiring a qualified and professional builder who can handle the job. Check with family members and friends who have built in the past and ask for recommendations. Interview potential builders and get a feel for their work ethic, construction methods and overall character. After all, you’ll have to work with this person from start to finish, so it is necessary that you hire someone reliable who you can communicate with and trust with your investment. Finally, ask for proof of insurance.
  3. Establish a budget and stick to it. Whether you are getting a construction loan from the bank or you’re financing the building project yourself, it is important that you know your budget and stick to it. Plan ahead by pricing out material and labor costs. If you wish to add extra amenities, make a list and arrange them by preference so if you can only afford one or two special “extras” you’ll be spending your money on the ones you really want or need instead of the ones you could have lived without. Also, be careful when it comes to upgrades. Adding too many upgrades will blow your budget quickly. If a particular garage door will satisfy your needs, there is no need to upgrade to the one with all the bells and whistles. Save the extra money you might have spent on the door and put it toward something you really want, such as a half bath or workbench.
  4. Establish a timeframe and prepare for delays. Before construction begins, talk with your builder or general contractor to establish a timeframe for construction. A garage is not built in a day and there are a lot of things that need to be coordinated and arranged to keep things running smoothly. Once a timeframe is established, work with your builder and subcontractors to stick to the schedule. Additionally, expect and plan for delays. Delays occur with nearly every construction project. Plan for the possibility of inclement weather, shortage of materials and labor problems. If you plan for them, when one of these situations arises, you won’t be nearly as surprised or frustrated with the delay. Being prepared and flexible will reduce stress at the jobsite.
  5. Avoid changes. Once construction begins, avoid making changes. Try to stick to the blueprints and your original construction plan. Changes can be costly and cause delays. Avoiding changes will keep you on schedule and on budget.
  6. Monitor progress. Getting involved in the building process is one of the easiest ways to monitor progress. Additionally, active involvement helps prevent construction delays. Once you have established a construction timeline with your contractor, keep a close eye on the work being done and the progress being made. Talk with your builder regularly and ask for updates on progress. Safely walk around the jobsite and observe for yourself what progress is being made. If something doesn’t look or seem right or if something is taking too long, ask your builder about it. It is necessary to work out any glitches are problems as soon as you notice them.

The construction process will be more enjoyable and a more exciting experience if you are prepared for what to expect throughout the building process and if you make careful decisions. If you are planning to build a new garage in your backyard or on another piece of property, these helpful tips will help you be ready for what some of the things you’ll encounter in the building process.

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Apr 22 2013

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Custom Design Special! 10% OFF Custom Garage Plans – The Garage Plan Shop

Have you heard? Custom garage plans and other designs are now available through our new partnership with a custom design service! Now you can work with a custom design team to create your very own unique garage plan, shed plan, outbuilding, carport, pool house and more! To kick off our new partnership with the custom design service, we are promoting two specials on custom drawn garage plans and other designs:


  1. Between now and August 1, 2013, receive 10% OFF the quoted price on all custom design orders! Anyone who completes the custom design request form and moves forward with their custom design order by 12:00 noon CST on August 1, 2013 will be eligible for a 10% discount off the quoted price.
  2. In addition, anyone who fills out the custom garage design request form between now and 12:00 noon CST on August 1, 2013 will be entered in a drawing for a $1000.00 credit toward their custom design order (or reimbursement of $1000.00 if their custom design order is already complete and paid in full.) The drawing will be held in the afternoon on August 1, 2013. Please note: The prize has no cash value and the award is non-transferable. In the event that your custom plan costs less than the $1000.00 prize and, after being applied or refunded, there is a portion of the prize credit remaining, the balance can be applied toward future custom plans. However, any remaining balance cannot be applied toward additional or optional services, such as site planning, materials lists, etc.


Click here for more details about the custom design process.

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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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