Jun 22 2015

Summertime Backyard Safety – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden,Safety,Seasonal

Weber GrillFor many of us the backyard is our home away from home, or more specifically our home outside our house. Many of us will be spending a lot of time in our yards this summer and keeping things safe is just as important in the backyard as it is inside the home. Here are some reminders for backyard safety this summer and throughout the year.


  1. Grills – Keep your grill at least ten feet away from the side of your house, and keep it away from decks and shrubs. Never use it inside garages or under porches for cover. Keep children and pets away from the grill while in use, and always extinguish the coals before leaving it unattended.
  2. Decks – Waterproofing will help keep your deck in good shape. Inspect it for cracks and splinters, as well as for screws or nails popping up through the wood. Test railings for sturdiness.
  3. Plants – Choose plants carefully for your landscape to prevent any interactions like rashes or worse. Likewise inspect existing plants and know what poison ivy looks like and how to remove it safely.
  4. Pools – Follow existing guidelines and local laws for fencing around a pool. Store chemicals in a safe place and out of reach from children. Check that the drain cover complies with established safety standards. Establish house rules for the pool including, “No one swims alone.”
  5. Pests – Keep the mosquito population down by eliminating sources of standing water. Change the water in birdbaths and fountains frequently.  Do not overuse weed killers or pesticides and be aware of their potential dangers for humans.
  6. Play Sets – Check frequently for the effects of use and weather like loose bolts, splinters, rust, etc.  Provide a soft cushion like wood chips around equipment. Supervise young children while they play.
  7. Underfoot – Eliminate dangers in the yard that may cause tripping like sticks, rocks, tree stumps and uneven terrain.
  8. Mower -The spinning blades of power mowers can make dangerous projectiles out of sticks, stones and even toys. Keep everyone inside, especially children, when mowing the lawn.

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Jun 22 2015

Recipe: Pita or Pocket Bread – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Recipes

Pita or Pocket BreadPita breads are those delicious rounds of bread with a pocket that you can stuff with sandwich fixings. Here is a recipe that is especially easy for the beginning baker. The hardest part, is cutting the pocket which if you find too challenging, just skip it and fold the round in half when making your sandwiches. Or just as tasty, skip the sandwich and spread some butter on them while still warm and enjoy.


Pita or Pocket Bread


Ingredients – Group A

2 ½ cups of flour

1 ½ tsp sugar

1 tsp salt


Ingredients – Group B

1 ½ tsp sugar

1 pkg of dry yeast

1/8 cup of vegetable oil

1 cup of warm water


In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients group A. Then make a depression in the middle of the mixture and add the rest of the ingredients in Group B to it. Stir it together starting at the center and work your way out to the edges incorporating all of the ingredients. Knead it with your hands for a minute or two until it’s a nice doughy ball. Cover the bowl with a clean damp towel and let it rise for 30 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces and roll or press out dough on a floured surface. Rounds should be about 6 inches in diameter. Place rounds on greased cookie sheets and let them rise again for 15 to 30 minutes. Place sheets on bottom rack in oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-11 minutes.


To cut a pocket, carefully poke a serrated knife in the edge of the bread pointing toward the center and carefully cut through half of the bread.  You will usually hit some air pockets that will open the bread up nicely to hold whatever you decide to stuff it with.

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May 27 2015

Staying Awake at the Wheel: 3 Steps – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Driving Safety,Road Trips

Asleep at the WheelWith the start of summer come plans for family road trips and vacations. If you’ll be taking a road trip or driving for an extended period of time for some other reason, it is necessary that you know how to identify drowsy driving and what to do about it so you don’t endanger yourself, your passengers or other motorists while you’re on the road. Below are three steps to staying awake at the wheel as identified in a study about drowsy driving for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:


STEP 1 – Pay attention for signs of drowsy driving. Yawning frequently, drifting from your lane, hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road, blinking rapidly, not remembering the last few miles and missing your exit are all signs of drowsy driving.


STEP 2 – If you notice that you’re doing any of the behaviors mentioned above, it is time to pull over. Rolling the window down or cranking up the music seem like they ought to keep you alert, but the truth is, they do not. Instead of trying to power thru your trip, get off the road and take a break.


STEP 3 – Recharge. Park your car in a safe place, lock your doors and set the alarm on your cell phone. Take a nap and get some rest. When the alarm goes off, take a quick walk around the parking lot or through the nearest store. Then buy a cup of coffee or a snack. This will reenergize you for the next leg of your driving marathon.


For more safety tips like these, check out our Driving Safety blogs.

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May 14 2015

RV Garage Plans for Various Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Detached Garage Plans,RV Garage Plans

007G-0008 RV Garage PlanIf you’re looking for an RV garage to protect your home away from home when you’re not on the road, there are a variety of designs to choose from. There are RV garage plans that offer just the basics while others offer a multitude of “extras.” Below is a sampling of garage designs that may accommodate your needs.


007G-0008 – This basic RV garage provides just enough room for your RV, motor home or boat. It offers the basic features such as an extra deep bay, tall ceiling oversized garage door. If you just need to protect your RV, consider a practical solution such as this simple design. It is both cost and space efficient.


012B-0005 – Maybe you need to store more than just an RV. Designs like this outbuilding can provide protection from the elements for your motor home or camper as well as other large motorized vehicles such as an oversized pick-up truck, a tractor or other machinery. This garage floor plan offers an RV bay with a tall ceiling and oversized door, as well as, plenty of other parking or storage space.


028G-0052 RV Garage Plan028G-0052 – Need a place to park the family cars and your RV or boat? This RV garage plan offers a double garage bay for everyday automobiles, and it includes a drive-thru feature for the RV bay. This special feature eliminates the hassle of backing your RV in or out of the garage by allowing you to just pull straight through the RV bay. Additionally, it incorporates a storage loft, which provides plenty of room for seasonal items and holiday decorations. Or, it could be finished as an office, hobby room, or whatever you desire.


035G-0006 – Here’s an RV garage plan that has much to offer. In addition to the RV bay, it features a smaller bay that is designed as workshop space. An overhead door makes it easy to move tools in and out of the garage. Pay attention to the office and conference room. This thoughtful floor plan makes it easy for a work-at-home-professional to conduct business from a private space outside the home without leaving the driveway. Additionally, the full bath and kitchenette make it easy to convert the space to a guest suite when overnight guests arrive.


010G-0017 Rv Garage Plan010G-0017 – For those who need a home base when they aren’t traveling in their RV, this carriage house plan is the solution. It offers an RV bay for your motor home, a three-car garage for everyday vehicles, and a workshop on the main level. But upstairs, you’ll find all the essentials in the garage apartment. The floor plan includes a full bath and bedroom, kitchen, office nook and gathering space.


Whether you just need the basics or all of the extras, there is an RV garage plan that is sure to satisfy your needs.

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Apr 14 2015

How to Save Money on Home Landscaping – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Landscaping,Lawn and Garden

Flower GardenWhen spring arrives, we all find ourselves working in our yards and enhancing our landscaping. If you’re like most homeowners, you’d love to save a little cash while improving your yard. There are many ways to cut expenses when landscaping your home. We’ve provided a few ideas to get you started:


  1. Inspiration before Perspiration – You could hire a landscape designer to plot your lot, but if you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are ready to save some money as a do-it-yourselfer. There is a vast array of books, magazines, and websites to draw ideas from for your landscape design. Don’t forget to check out Pinterest and your friends’ and neighbors’ yards, too. Most people are proud of their yards and are willing to give you permission to snap a few photos. Some communities have house tours that include showing off the best gardens. Good ideas can also be found in public parks and botanical gardens.
  2. Test your Soil – Know what you are dealing by testing a few soil samples. This information will help to pinpoint the correct additives that are needed to improve your soil and correct the PH balance. Different plants have different needs. Consider choosing plants that are suitable for the soil that you already have and save on additives, all together.
  3. Go Native – Choose plans species that grow naturally in your region. This reduces the expense and worry of special treatment. It also insures a degree of success that will build confidence for the beginner. Once your plantings are established, you can always experiment by adding new and even exotic species gradually as you become an expert gardener.
  4. Divide and Conquer – Many plants, like iris, need to be dug up and divided every few years. Plan your landscape for expansion of these types of plants. Many perennials, like hostas and daisies, spread every year and can be divided and replanted. Plants that reseed themselves like pinks and bachelor’s buttons will self-propagate year after year even though they are annuals. Start small and give your plants room to expand year after year.
  5. Share – Once your plants are established and you have become competent at dividing and replanting, and collecting and saving seeds, it’s time to branch out. Trading with friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers is a time honored tradition and an inexpensive way to establish new plants in your landscape. If you need more sources, check out garden clubs, community gardens and online want ads.

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