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Apr 22 2013

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Canadian Garage Plans from Leading Canadian Designers – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 010G-0012It is fairly common for our customers ask if we offer Canadian garage plans. The Garage Plan Shop is pleased to respond, “YES, we do!” We offer two extensive garage plan collections from two of Canada’s top-notch designers. These collections include 1-car, 2-car and 3-car garages, garage workshops, garages with boat storage, garage loft plans, and  RV garage plans just to name a few.  However, just like the garage floor plans drawn by our US designers, those drawn by our Canadian designers are designed to meet national building codes. We do not guarantee these plans will meet all provincial building codes and they are not engineered. It may be necessary for you or your builder to hire a local design professional to review the plans and add any notes or make any necessary changes to meet specific provincial codes. Likewise, if you are required to have your garage plans engineered in order to get building permits, it will be up to you or your builder to hire a local engineer to review the plans and seal or stamp them.

 

We’ve provided the links to our Canadian garage plan collections below. Take some time to browse through them to find the one that satisfies your needs.

 

Canadian garage plan collection A

Canadian garage plan collection B

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Feb 19 2013

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3 Steps for Choosing Garage or Workshop Lighting – The Garage Plan Shop

Fluorescent LightingWhen 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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Jan 04 2013

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New Year’s Resolution: 10 Ways to GREEN your Transportation – The Garage Plan Shop

Bike RidingWhat better way to ring in the New Year than to make a resolution to green your transportation in 2013. There are all kinds of ways to make transportation earth-friendly this year. We’ve listed some of them here for you:

  1. Consider working from home. Telecommuting is an easy way to reduce work related travel. It will save you and your company money and time while cutting greenhouse emissions.
  2. Buy an eco-friendly car such as the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt. Hybrid and all-electric cars are great options that are environmentally friendly.
  3. Car pool whenever possible. Whether you need a ride to work or the kids need a ride to their soccer games, car pooling with co-workers, other parents, etc., saves everyone money and wear and tear on cars while reducing emissions.
  4. Recycle your oil and use recycled engine oil. Used oil doesn’t wear out, it just gets dirty. It can be cleansed of contaminants and recycled in a continuous cycle. New engine oil made from recycled oil meets industry lubrication standards. According to the American Petroleum Institute, re-refined oil is of as high a quality as a virgin oil product.
  5. Drive responsibly. Irresponsible and erratic driving burns gas at a phenomenal rate. Poor driving practices can dramatically lower your gas mileage. Some aggressive driving behaviors include speeding, rapid acceleration, and heavy breaking. All of these will lower your fuel efficiency.
  6. Unload your car. Many of us tend to turn our cars into storage lockers. Every pound your car carries goes against your fuel economy. Get in the habit of removing non-essential items from your car. Every little bit helps.
  7. Arrange your errands in order to save gas, time and money.
  8. Bike to work and other nearby activities when weather permits.
  9. Turn off the hose when washing the car to save water. Only turn it on when it is time to rinse.
  10. Keep your tires properly inflated for the best performance and fuel economy.

For other ideas about living green, please browse our Energy Efficiency and Green Building blogs.

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Nov 28 2012

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Tips: Avoid Hazards of Wintry Conditions – The Garage Plan Shop

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Icy SidewalkWinter is almost here. Now is the time to make yourself aware of winter hazards and the precautions you can take around your home, garage and neighborhood to stay safe this winter. With winter usually come snow and ice hazards. Be very careful during snowy and icy weather. Below are some tips to help you avoid injury due to wintry conditions:

  1. Stay indoors if possible when snow and ice accumulates.
  2. If a snow or ice storm strikes during the overnight hours, try to alter your morning schedule. Don’t hurry of to work or school before plowing has been completed.
  3. Walk slowly and use railings when available during icy weather. If there is no railing, try walking in the snow instead of directly over icy patches on sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and streets.
  4. If you must go out in the ice and snow where boots with good traction to help you walk safely.
  5. Be alert for “black ice” on driveways, porches, sidewalks and streets. This is a thin layer of invisible ice that can form on concrete and other flat surfaces. You may think the sidewalk or driveway is clear and then step on black ice and slip. Check for black ice on walking surfaces and pavement if you see or know there was precipitation while experiencing freezing temperatures.

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Oct 25 2012

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Driving Safety Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

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Traffic SignsWith the fall and winter holiday’s fast approaching, many car drivers will soon be taking to our roadways, highways and interstates whether it is for seasonal shopping or a long road trip to visit family and friends. When you’re on the road this holiday season (or anytime) keep these safety tips for car drivers in mind as recommended by the US Department of Transportation.

Buckle up: The most important and easiest safety rule/precaution for all of us to follow is to buckle up. Wearing your seat belt is the best protection you have if involved in a car crash. It will keep you from hitting your head or windshield or dashboard and it will prevent you from being thrown around in the car or even ejected from the vehicle. Likewise, those traveling with small children should follow all car seat laws for young passengers.

Appoint a designated driver: We’ve all heard it a million times, drinking and driving can be a lethal combination. Consumption of alcohol negatively affects a driver’s ability to make coherent and responsible decisions when driving from changing lanes to stopping at a stoplight. When you chose to drink and drive not only are you putting your own life at risk, but you are endangering the lives of others on the road. Be responsible and appoint a designated driver before you head holiday party or family gathering if you plan to drink alcohol.

Avoiding cutting other drivers off: Cutting other drivers off on the road can create an emergency breaking situation for other cars around you which can sometimes result in a serious or even fatal accident for you or another driver. Before you changes lanes, but sure there is plenty of room between and the vehicle behind you by checking your mirrors first.

Be aware of aggressive drivers: When you are on the road, keep an eye out for aggressive drivers. Speeding, cutting other drivers off, changing lanes erratically, and running stop signs and stoplights are just a few of the signs of an aggressive driver. These kinds of behavior can lead to dangerous situations for the aggressive driver and others on the road. Keeping a safe distance away from this drivers will lesson your risk of danger and in extreme circumstances, you could prevent a potential accident by reporting the driver to local law enforcement or the highway patrol.

Be an attentive driver: When you are diving, the safest policy is to focus on the road only. If you need to handle another situation, pull off the road at a rest stop, parking lot, etc., where you can safely handle the situation at hand without putting yourself, your passengers or other drivers in harm’s way. Inattentive drivers can be just as dangerous as aggressive drivers because they are not paying attention to what is happening around them. Driving too slowly, ignoring brake lights and turn signals, texting while driving and talking on a cell phone while on the road are all things that can that inattentive drivers do that often result in emergency braking situations and even accidents for the inattentive driver or others around them on the road. When you’re behind the wheel, it is your duty to know what is going on around you and concentrate on getting to your destination safely.

For more information about these tips and others, please visit the US Department of Transportation and learn about how you can share the road safely.

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