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Nov 19 2018

Garage Apartment Plans for Weekend Getaways by the Water

Do you dream of owning a weekend home on the water? Consider building a garage apartment! Garage apartment plans are excellent choices for weekend getaways, and many offer room to store your boat or perhaps smaller watercrafts like jet skis, canoes or kayaks. With a garage apartment plan, there’s no need to haul your watercraft back and forth to the lake, it can be stored away and waiting for you when you arrive for the weekend. Below are a few plans that offer boat storage or room for other watercrafts, plus comfortable living space.


Garage Apartment Plan 049G-0002049G-0002: This handsome garage apartment plan offers two bedrooms, a place for you and the kids (or guests) to lay your weary heads after a day on the water. Extra deep garage bays store your boat and protect your vehicle. An open floor plan features a kitchen with snack bar, cozy living room and a dining area. Enjoy the ambience of lake life protected on the screen porch. With space for a stacked washer/dryer in the bedroom closet, families can keep themselves in clean, dry clothes all weekend.


Garage Apartment Plan 062G-0101062G-0101: Here is a thoroughly modern design sure to please anyone ready to get away for the weekend. The drive thru RV bay is suitable for boat storage and makes it easy to park and exit the garage. An additional bay accommodates an auto or perhaps stores a golf cart or wave runners. While the sights and sounds of the lake are enjoyed on the wrap-around balcony or from the solarium, the pets are safe and sound in their own run adjacent to the garage. Special features in the apartment include a walk-in closet, laundry closet, and sloped ceilings.


Garage Apartment Plan 027G-0010027G-0010: Check out this unique carport plan with a two-bedroom apartment above it. The drive-through bay makes it easy to park and access your jet ski or perhaps a small boat. You’ll appreciate the nearby storage closet, ideal for storing lifejackets, fishing poles and inner tubes. And yes, there is an additional bay for your vehicle. Upstairs, you’ll find a comfortable living quarters with an open floor plan. Enjoy the view from a nifty deck accessed via a sliding door in the living room. Apartment includes full bath with separate shower and tub as well as a laundry closet.


For more choices like these, please browse our entire collection of garage apartment plans.

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Oct 22 2018

Getting your Car Ready for Winter – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Driving Safety,Seasonal

Driving Safety KitWhen the autumn leaves begin to fall, it’s time to winterize your vehicles. After an inspection by your mechanic to insure your automobile is running properly, replenish all the fluids and then clear the sand and beach balls, golf clubs and baseball gloves from the trunk. Replace them with the items below and you’ll be ready to take to the road this winter.


Emergency kit – Auto part stores sell these or you can compile your own. Include a few handy tools like screwdrivers and pliers, jumper cables, road flares, flashlight with fresh batteries, and reflective triangles.

First aid kit – Besides the usual items, this is a good place to store some spare change and a few random snacks just in case of delays. Don’t forget a box of tissues for those nasty winter colds.

Traction – To proceed in an icy situation, you may need some ice melt, rock salt, or kitty litter. If you are prone to encounter extreme snow packed conditions, don’t forget the tire chains.

Ice scraper – These often get broken or lost from one year to the next, so make sure you include one in your car before bad weather hits.

Blanket – In case of breaking down in the cold, a cozy blanket will help keep you warm. Also include a change of clothing, especially socks and gloves for when yours get wet and soggy.  Pack them in a plastic bag to keep them from getting wet from other items in your trunk like sleds or a snow brush.


Finally, store relevant emergency numbers in your phone and keep it charged. Keep your tank full and have a safe winter.

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Aug 16 2018

A Sampling of New Garage Plans – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: New Plans

The Garage Plan Shop continuously adds new garage plans to our website. Below is a sampling of some of our newest designs. Take some time to learn about them.


Garage Plan 050G-0084050G-0084: Here’s a fresh garage apartment plan presented in modern fashion.  A two-car garage protects your vehicles from the elements, while covered porch leads to an interior staircase (and a door to the two-car garage.) Ascend the stairs to a nifty apartment showcasing an open floor plan and efficient use of space. A second story deck does double duty as it provides a covered drive for one of the garage bays. This design will complement any modern residence.


Garage Plan 051G-0108051G-0108: Sometimes you just need to get away to a man cave or she shed. Consider this handsome plan that offers a two-car garage with storage closet and a rec room above. With a beverage bar and full bathroom upstairs, you can party all evening and invite guests stay all night. When the party’s over, use the rec room to pursue your hobbies or to escape the main residence for some tranquil alone time.


Garage Plan 062G-0111062G-0111: Here is a modern garage design for a modern family. With its sloped roof line, the left garage bay is tall enough for an RV or an auto lift, and the right bay is deep enough to park two cars, or a boat if you prefer. Consider this oversize garage for developing your own mechanic’s workshop perhaps with a lift on the tall side.


0Garage Plan 050G-008350G-0083: What a pleasant surprise to find a 700 sq ft loft above this attractive two-car garage. Whether the loft is used for storage or converted to hobby room or dance studio, you will enjoy stepping out onto the balcony through the double doors.  A covered stoop leads to the protected stairs that deliver you to a world of possibilities. Three garage bays with three separate doors is just the beginning of this great looking garage apartment plan. A convenient full bath on the main level provides a place to clean up after working on vehicles. And up the stairs? Find yourself in a beautiful two bedroom, two bath apartment with an open floor plan. Vaulted ceilings, a kitchen island, a laundry room and a stunning deck accessed from the great room or the master bedroom are the highlights of the upper level.  This appealing garage apartment would make a profitable rental property or a fantastic guest cottage.


Garage Plan 062G-0112062G-0112: Finally, a garage for all your hobbies!  Start with three extra-deep bays for cars, a boat, trailer or oversized SUV. Next, there is a lift-friendly bay for a car lift, but it is suitable for an RV as well. The left side of the garage is designated for a hobby workshop with lots of space for a multitude of endeavors. It even has double doors for carrying in supplies and carrying out finished projects. When not diligently working in the shop, step outside to enjoy a wrap-around covered porch suitable for lawn furniture and a grill.


If you’d like to browse our collection of garage plans to find the right design for your needs, please use our Advanced Search.

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Jul 17 2018

Build a Carport Plan to Protect your Vehicles

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Carport Plans

Building a carport plan is an economical way to protect your automobiles, RV, boat, and other motorized vehicles from the elements. Carport plans are available in a broad range of sizes and designed to accommodate just about any need you might have. Below is a sampling of carport plans offered at The Garage Plan Shop. You might find the one that’s right for your needs, or you might come up with your own ideas after considering what these plans have to offer.


Carport Plan 062G-0115062G-0115: Protect your cars and keep them in running condition with this handsome two-car carport plan.  The workshop in back is suitable for the family mechanic and has an overhead door for the ease and convenience of pulling in your vehicle into the shop work on necessary repairs. A pull-down stair offers access to attic storage.


Carport Apartment Plan 052G-0016052G-0016: This unique carport plan provides parking space for three cars and two storage closets all beneath a two-bedroom apartment. The modern exterior offers a fresh contemporary look with lots of glass and stonework. Protected stairs lead to the living quarters where an open floor plan that features an island snack bar in the kitchen, volume ceilings, and a wrap-around balcony. Two bedrooms, two baths and a laundry closet complete the floor plan.


Carport Plan 073G-0007073G-0007
: If you need extra parking and storage, this attractive carport plan is the solution. The design provides parking for two cars and a storage area the length of one side of the carport. The storage area is accessed through double doors. Additional storage is provided in the loft above.  A handy pull-down stair will get you there.


Carport Plan 062G-0114062G-0114: Here’s a basic but useful way to protect your RV when you’re not on the road. This RV carport plan has a 12’ ceiling and a 30’ deep bay. It will protect your investment for snow, rain and sun, all while giving you full access to its interior.


For more carport plans like these, please browse our entire collection of carport plans.

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May 30 2018

Choosing the Right Roofing Material for your Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Building A Garage

Roofing MaterialIf you’re building a new garage, take some time to explore what roofing options are available before selecting a roofing material. There are a quite a few choices to consider, and there is plenty of information available to help you choose the right material. Think about cost versus longevity and ease of upkeep.  Of course, you will want to ensure the roofing material blends with your existing home and compliments the architectural style of your garage. Ake some time to discuss your options with you contractor as well. Now, let’s check out your possibilities:


Asphalt/Composite – This is the most affordable and popular of roofing materials. It may need to be replaced more often than other choices but most warranties average 35 years. This option offers numerous colors and styles. The materials are lightweight, and they are rated for wind speed and impact.

Wood – Wood shingles are durable and look fabulous on many different home styles. Of course, fire is a threat and you will need to check for restrictions in your area.

Metal – This material is offers longevity. The vintage corrugated roofing you see on old farm houses and sheds is still available and is relatively inexpensive. Consider the new designs in metal roofing as they are attractive and last a long time.  Besides being energy efficient and fire resistant, this material comes in a range of styles that mimic other materials.

Clay or Concrete tiles – This material is durable but heavy. It can’t be beat for adding to the attractive character of a Sunbelt or Mediterranean-style garage plan. However, broken tiles will have to be replaced by a trained professional, but the upkeep is worth it.

Slate – A slate roof will last over a hundred years. It is durable but heavy. Check to make sure your trusses or rafters have the strength to support it.


Fort further information, considering contacting the National Roofing Contractors Association. They are a non-profit trade group that represents all aspects of the roofing industry.

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