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Jul 24 2012

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Building a Backyard Shed: Getting Started – The Garage Plan Shop

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Shed Plan 047S-0010At some point in time, most home owners decide they need or want a backyard storage shed of some sort. Sheds often prove to be a valuable addition to most homes and properties. They are useful for storing lawn and garden tools and equipment, they work well for workspace for hobbies and even provide storage when space inside the home is limited. Many home owners opt to build their own backyard storage shed using shed plans. However, the ultimate outcome will depend on his or her DIY and carpentry skills and how complex or difficult the shed plan is to build. There are several steps you can take to get started building your shed and ensure a successful outcome.

 

First, determine the purpose of your future storage shed. Do you plan to store tools, lawn and garden supplies, outdoor furniture during the winter months, the family bikes and outdoor games/toys? How will the shed be used?

 

Next, contact your local building department to find out if you need to obtain building permits to build your shed. If so, find out what is required to obtain the permits and if there are any regulations such as size or height. Some cities/municipalities have very strict zoning regulations that will establish what size shed you can build, where it can be positioned on the property, etc. Note: There have been occasions when homeowners have built a backyard shed and have been fined or forced to take the building down for not obtaining permits or following local building laws and regulations.

 

After your building department has established the regulations for size, location, etc., for your new shed, you can begin considering the best size shed to accommodate your needs and the best location on your property to build the shed plan that are within the established guidelines. Choose a shed plan that will accommodate your needs, satisfy building regulations and fit on your lot in the determined space.

 

Next, clear your lot if necessary. Typically shrubs and trees are cleared away and the lot is leveled. Check with utility companies before you begin digging to make sure your building site will not interfere with utilities such as water and electrical lines. Furthermore, you do not want to risk the chance of digging them up or damaging them. If necessary, ask the utility companies to come out to your property and mark the location of utility lines. If you plan to run utilities to your shed such as electrical lines for your power tools, consult with your electrician or other utility professional. 

Once the above steps have been taken, you can begin building your new backyard shed plan

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May 09 2012

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Featured Barn-Style Storage Shed Plan – The Garage Plan Shop

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Shed Plan 047S-0005Are you thinking about adding a lawn and garden shed or a storage shed to your backyard this spring? If so, this shed plan has plenty to offer. The design features a gambrel roof giving it the looks or a miniature barn. Double doors allow easy storage of large or bulky items such as the riding lawn mower, the family bikes or plywood and lumber for craft projects. The side entry door adds convenience. Whether you need to store lawn and garden items like the leaf blower, rakes and potting soil or you are looking for a place to organize outdoor toys and sporting equipment for the kids, this backyard storage shed plan will help keep your yard tidy. Woodworkers, mechanics and tinkerers may find this shed plan handy for safe, dry storage of tools, auto parts and crafting supplies. This plan is available in five different sizes ensuring you’ll find just the right one to satisfy your needs and fit neatly into the corner of your backyard. Choose from the following sizes: 8′x12′, 10′x12′, 10′x14′, 10′x16′ and 12′x16′.

 

For more designs like this one, check out our entire shed plan collection.

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Nov 27 2011

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Featured Garage Plan: Handy Motorcycle Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Motorcycle Garage Plan 006G-0001If your motorcycle is your prized possession, chances are you don’t want to store it in your garage where there is a lot of activity. Face it. Typical garages might be a good place to protect your cars from the elements or store lawn and garden tools, outdoor games for the kids, bikes and other items, but do you really want to take the chance or getting a scratch or a ding on your motorcycle? This motorcycle garage plan is the perfect solution. Because it is designed for a bike, you’ll be less likely to store anything else inside, therefore having a place to protect your motorcycle from Mother Nature’s fury and ensure it doesn’t take any other “abuse” from everyday family activities in the car garage. A service entry allows easy access inside and a pair of double doors works well for pulling your motorcycle in and out of the garage. Small in size, this motorcycle storage garage fits neatly into most backyards.

 

Now, if you’re not a motorcycle enthusiast, chances are you don’t own one. In that case, this motorcycle garage would work well as a backyard storage shed or garden shed giving you plenty of room to store lawn and garden equipment, fertilizer, potting supplies, etc. Its flexible design allows for other uses besides cycle storage, and its traditional charm allows it to blend nicely with a variety of homes.

 

If you are looking for flexibility, this motorcycle garage plan or storage shed plan is ready to accommodate your needs.

 

Browse all of garage plans and shed plans to find the one that is right for you.

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Jun 29 2011

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Green Your Garage or Outbuilding – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 009G-0002We used to think going green was a trend, but it has become our way of life. We are expected to make green choices in everything we do from recycling our newspaper and properly disposing of hazardous chemicals to conserving energy and building with green materials. There are many things we can do around the house to live more green, and your garage or utility building are no exception. If you are planning to build a new detached garage plan, shed or outbuilding plan, there are some things you can do to green your new structure. Here are a few suggestions from The Garage Plan Shop:

 

·         Use metal when possible. If you have an opportunity to use metal standing seam roofing or even metal cladding you are making a green choice. Metal construction does not require the use of harmful chemicals and wood treatments used in the lumber of traditional wood construction, and it is 100% recyclable should you no longer need your garage, shed or outbuilding.

·         Install windows in your garage for natural lighting. Using natural lighting whenever possible cuts back on energy consumption. If you plan to spend a lot of time inside your garage, you can reduce energy bills by installing large windows and perhaps skylights.

·         Incorporate earth-friendly lighting. The exterior of your garage, shed or outbuilding can be lit with the use of solar lights. Use LED bulbs in interior and exterior light fixtures. Consider using motion sensor lights that turn on when you pull in your driveway or walk on the sidewalk saving energy and money. These fixtures will light the way until they no longer detect your motion and will turn off automatically. You won’t have to remember to flip the switch.

·         If your garage is near your home or attached to the home, do not store flammable chemicals inside, such as a gasoline and oil containers or paint cans. Store them away from the house is a small, locked utility shed that has good ventilation.

 

These simple ideas will help you build an earth-friendly garage, shed or outbuilding plan.

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Jun 22 2011

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Planning Electrical Wiring for your New Garage, Outbuilding or Carport Plan – The Garage Plan Shop

Electrical PanelWhen building a detached garage plan, shed, outbuilding, barn or carport, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead when it comes to electrical wiring. All of the above mentioned structures are flexible and can be used for of a variety of purposes, so the first thing you need to think about is how you will use the structure. Will you use your garage or carport just for parking cars? Will you need lighting in your garden shed? Do you plan to use power tools in your outbuilding? Knowing how you plan to use your new addition will help you plan for electricity.

 

Begin by hiring a licensed electrician to help you. Let this professional review your garage blueprints to get a better understanding of the completed structure. With your electrician, come up with an electrical plan to accommodate your needs. This will keep you from over-wiring your structure and spending more than you need or electrical outlets, switches and fixtures. Your pre-determined electrical plan will also ensure that you have everything you need to use your new garage, carport or outbuilding the way you wish. Furthermore, it is better and less expensive to install electrical wiring during construction than it is to go back and retrofit the building for additional electrical needs at a later date.

 

When it comes to using power in your barn, outbuilding, shed, garage or carport, there are six main categories to consider:

  1. Lighting
  2. Heating and cooling
  3. Tools
  4. Garage doors and garage door openers
  5. Special accessories (refrigerator, TV, radio)
  6. Charging station for an electric vehicle

 

Talk with your electrician and determine what types of outlets and fixtures you’ll need to accommodate your specific needs. Consider amps and voltage. Read packaging and labels to determine what each of the above items will require. Have the electrician install outlets, fixtures, switches, circuit breakers and the electrical panel accordingly to accommodate all of your needs.

 

Anticipating your electrical needs for your new utilitarian structure will ensure you new outbuilding, garage or shed plan will accommodate all of your needs while paying the best price by installing wiring during the construction phase instead of after the building is finished.

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