When it comes to choosing the best lighting for your garage or workshop, there are many options to consider, however it all comes down to how you plan to use your garage or shop and your personal preferences. Whether you’re building a new garage or just upgrading the one you have, your choice of lighting will influence how usable your garage or shop will be and how much time you’ll spend there. These three easy steps will help you choose the appropriate garage or workshop lighting for your needs:
- Determine how you plan to use your garage or shop. Will it only be used for parking? Do you plan to work on cars? Will you use the garage for storage space? Hobbies? A workshop?
- Select general purpose lighting to illuminate all sections of the garage or workshop including the corners. Fluorescent light fixtures are a popular choice as they are relatively common, they provide more than adequate general lighting and they can be equally spaced across the span of your garage for the best illumination. If you have questions, about fluorescent lighting, check with your lighting professional and your electrician.
- Consider the layout of your garage or workshop and create individual work or storage spaces within it. Select task lighting for each designated space or purpose. If you plan to have a workbench, choose track lighting or a fixture that fits neatly under an overhead cabinet to illuminate your workbench. Consider positioning an overhead light above a craft or hobby table. Use incandescent lighting inside storage closets and other small spaces. Finally, purchase a trouble or drop light to illuminate dark and obscure spaces, such as under the hood of a car. A drop light is portable and can be use for all kinds of purposes within your garage or workshop.
After you’ve selected the lighting fixtures you need, hire a licensed electrician to install them according to local building and electrical codes.
If 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.
As your garage door opens, are you frightened at the sight of what is inside? Do you ever wonder how it got to be so cluttered and full of stuff? Do you wonder if you’ll ever be able to park the car inside the garage again? Do you wonder if you’ll ever be able to find a certain tool or toy that’s stashed inside?
You may think it will be impossible to get your garage organized, but there is hope. Installing cabinets and other organizational accessories will create storage space allowing you to get things up off the floor and put them in a place where you’ll be able to find them next time you need them. Garage storage cabinets are available in a wide variety of choices so it should be easy to find just the right ones to fit in your garage and accommodate all of your belongings. In addition to cabinets, there are other garage storage accessories available like shelving units, workbenches and counters that provide extra storage space and even work space.
Take some time to consider what items you want to store in your garage and determine how many cabinets and storage shelves you’ll need to accommodate all of your belongs. Do you need a workbench or counter? Consider locking cabinets for items that you need to keep out of reach of small children such as power tools or harmful chemicals such as weed killer. But don’t forget to accommodate the kids. Choose lower cabinets and shelving units that are easy to access for the kids to store outdoor toys, bike helmets, baseball bats and gloves, etc.
Once cabinets, shelving units and other storage accessories are installed, store all your belongings in their designated spaces. Each time you use a particular item, return it to the place you got it from. This will help keep the garage floor clear and leave room for you to park the family car.
For more ideas like this one, check out The Garage Plan Shop’s resource page and our blogs about garage organization.
Just like home plans, detached garage plans are available in a wide range of architectural styles. This diverse selection of styles ensures you’ll find a garage plan, carport or shed plan to blend with the architectural style of your home. Below is a list of many of the architectural styles represented in The Garage Plan Shop’s collection of detached garage plans and other structures.
When you are choosing a detached garage plan, keep in mind the architectural style of your home and its surroundings to ensure your new garage will complement your home.
The garage plans published by The Garage Plan Shop are pre-drawn blueprints designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each was created. They do not necessarily meet any state, city or county building codes. Furthermore, stock garage plans do not include detailed electrical, plumbing and HVAC information. Many pre-drawn garage plans include a simple electrical plan indicating the suggested locations of fixtures, switches and outlets. However, it will be up to your builder or local electrician to follow all local electrical codes during installation ensuring all local codes are met. Be sure to review the electrical details with your electrician or contractor. Stock garage plans will include plumbing fixtures on the blueprints (i.e. toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc.), but they will not reflect a plumbing schematic. The sewer system and flow of water lines are site specific and must be determined by local professionals. Take time to discuss plumbing details with your plumber or contractor. Finally, information about the HVAC will be determined locally. The HVAC system will depend on the types of unit(s) you use and the size/amount of finished living space to be heated and cooled. The type of heating and cooling system selected and local building codes will determine the necessary ductwork. Talk with your contractor or HVAC professional to review all HVAC information.