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Dec 19 2016

A Sampling of 6 New Garage Plans From 2016

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Featured Plans,New Plans

As we approach the end of 2016, we’d like to take a little time to note the many practical, stylish and carefully designed garage plans that have been added to our website this year. They vary in architectural style and size and deliver a vast array of special features from storage space to living quarters and everything in between. With so many specially designed garage plans to choose from, selecting the right plan for your needs, preferences, lifestyle and tastes becomes an exciting adventure! Take some time to review this sampling of new garage plans, you might just find the one you’re looking for!

 

Garage Plan 062G-0076062G-0076 – Do you own an RV, camper or motor home? This modern RV garage plan is just right when it comes to protecting your investment. It offers an RV bay outfitted with a 12’x14’ overhead garage door and a vaulted ceiling. A single garage bay is positioned beside the RV bay. It offers a 12’x7’ garage door and it is 30’ deep providing room for boat storage or just extra storage space in the rear of the bay. Upstairs you’ll find a loft/studio that is ideal for hobbies or storage. Add value to your home and protect your “home away from home” when you’re not on the road with this RV garage plan.

 

023G-0Garage Plan 023G-0003003 – For those who need extra parking and a little extra living space, consider a garage apartment plan like this one. This Craftsman style 2-car garage plan features a double bay plus room for a workshop, game area or storage space on the main level. There is also room for a stackable washer and dryer under the stairs and plenty of windows on the right side filling the space with natural light. Upstairs, a comfortable apartment delivers 754 square feet of living space featuring a compact kitchen overlooking the living area, a generously sized bedroom and a full bath. Ideal for weekend guests or your college student, this garage apartment plan offers private living space close to the main home. It is also a good alternative to a hunting cabin, lake house or vacation home.

 

Garage Plan 051G-0087051G-0087 – For those who need extra parking plus a little storage space for basement or attic overflow, a garage plan with loft is the ideal solution. This garage loft plan features a gambrel roof and a 24’x25’ footprint while delivering 600 square feet of sheltered parking space. A couple of windows offer natural lighting inside and a side-entry service door provides convenience. Use the loft to store seasonal items and holiday decorations.

 

072G-Garage Plan 072G-00160016 – Add extra parking and storage space to your home with this detached, 2-car garage plan with loft. It is available in six different sizes allowing you to build a garage that fits your lot. The could garage offers one overhead garage door and service entry on the side. Interior stairs lead to the second floor loft where a dormer offers natural light. The loft is ideal for a game or hobby room, workout area, home office or just plain ole’ storage space. This flexible 2-car garage plan with loft offers options and convenience.

 

Garage Plan 028G-0059028G-0059 – Need a modern garage to match your modern home? This detached 1-car garage plan might be just right for you. Its modern design is clean and simple offering a pair of windows and service entry. An overhead door opens to 432 square feet of parking and storage space. If you have a tight lot, this 18’x24’ garage plan could be a good option for you.

 

 

 

Garage Plan 012G-0016012G-0129 – Here’s a detached, 3-car garage plan with plenty of extras! In addition to three garage bays, this special garage offers a workshop with its own overhead door making it easy to move tools and supplies in and out of the garage without a hassle. Interior stairs lead to the finished flexible space on the second floor. It is designed as an art studio complete with clay oven, counter space, sink and a full bath. Having a dedicated workspace for hobbies will allow you to work on projects and let them sit when it is time to do something else. This eliminates the need to clean off the snack bar or dining room table when it is time to prepare, serve or enjoy a meal. The art studio is flexible enough that it could easily be finished as a home office or guest suite if you prefer. Designed to accommodate several needs at once, this 3-car garage plan with flexible space is hard to resist!

 

While these are just a few of the new garage plans offered in 2016, you can search our entire collection of garage plans for a design that includes the features and elements you prefer by using our advanced search tool. You might also consider checking out our accessory structures like barns, sheds and outbuildings for some additional choices

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Nov 21 2016

Carport Plans Have More to Offer than You Might Expect

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Carport Plans

Carport Plan 051G-0048Most of us think of a carport plan as a simple structure designed to protect our cars from the elements. But don’t be fooled! Carport plans have more to offer than you might expect! Their practical, versatile and budget friendly design make them a good choice for all kinds of needs. If you are in the market for a structure to protect your automobiles from the rain, ice, hail, snow and sun, a carport is a practical choice. It will take less time and effort to construct than a garage, and it is less expensive to build than a garage when the cost of materials and labor are considered. Additionally, these practical carport plans are a simple solution to a broad range of needs due to their versatility. Besides offering covered parking, carport plans can be used for boat storage, working on cars out of the sun or rain, storing other bulky items that won’t fit in the garage, a covered grilling porch, a pavilion for outdoor dining or an outdoor work space for hobbies and crafts that you might not want to work on inside your home. Carports are ideal for use as a shady retreat beside your lake, and they are just right for storing a tractor if you do not have a barn. If your house lacks a covered back porch, building a carport in the backyard creates the perfect place to hold outdoor barbecues or just relax at the end of the day. There are numerous possibilities when it comes to building a carport plan.

 

Our collection of carport plans consists of basic designs and more elaborate plans that offer some special extras. Additionally, our plans range in size from 2-car carport designs to a 6-car carport plan. We also offer RV carport plans designed to accommodate the extra height, length and width of a RV, camper or motor home. Some plans in our collection feature storage closets, covered porches, or even usable space overhead. Below are just a few of the carport plans we offer.

 

Carport Plan 066G-0002066G-0002: Prefer a rustic look? Check out this two-car carport plan with complete with storage closet. It is 24’x28’ and features rustic details that allow it to blend nicely on a wooded lot. The storage area makes it a great choice for an outdoor living space giving you a place to store patio furniture or the grill when not in use. Or if you prefer working on crafts, this carport provides a protected area to work outdoors where you can use paint, glue and other chemicals without having to worry about ventilation. And when you’re finished for the day, simply store you supplies in the closet.

 

051G-0048: This basic carport plan is 20’x20’ and accommodates two cars, but it’s simple design makes it well suited for a covered porch or pavilion if you prefer. Just add some patio furniture or a picnic table.

 

062Carport Plan 062G-0030G-0030: If you have a long and narrow strip of property to work with, consider this tandem-style carport. It is 13’x45’ and works well along the side of a house or along the edge of your property. Its tandem design is just right for parking one car behind the other or for protecting your truck and boat together. This design is also a good choice if you need to work on your cars at home and wanted to be protected from the hot sun or rain while you work.

 

Carport Plan 051G-0088051G-0088: This 2-car carport plan is designed for the family handyman. Its overall size 24’x48’, but it offers a 23’x23’ workshop behind the double carport. While the carport protects two automobiles from the elements, it is ideal for use as a grilling porch as well. The workshop is a dream come true for the weekend DIYer providing plenty of room for tool storage and a workbench or workspace.  Double doors on three sides of the workshop make it easy move large and bulky tools and supplies in and out of the workshop without any hassle. With a workshop like this, there’s no excuse not to finish any home improvement projects!

 

Carport Plan 006G-0165006G-0165: Have an RV, camper or motor home? This RV carport plan is sure to please you! It is 25’x36’ and specially designed to accommodate the height, length, and width of you home away from home. Investments such as an RV should be protected from the elements when you’re not on the road and this carport plan is an economical solution. And for those who live in motor homes communities when they are not on the road, this RV carport plan makes the perfect home base. In addition to protecting your investment, it features two storage closets and a covered porch for grilling and relaxing.

 

Carport plans are practical and flexible enough to satisfy a variety of needs. Not only do they offer shelter and protection for your cars, they are suitable for many other uses as well.

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Oct 18 2016

Garage Plans with Flexible Spaces to Suit Many Needs

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Plans with Flex Space

There’s no doubt that today’s homeowners have widely different needs from one another. When it comes to the garage, it is almost impossible to find two people that need or want the same type of garage. Garage plans with flexible spaces are designed to accommodate a broad range of needs when it comes to adding a detached garage to your backyard. In addition to offering extra parking, garage plans with flex space feature some type of finished living space that is designed for a particular purpose, but flexible enough to change as your lifestyle and needs change. You might need a home office while the kids are young so you have a quiet place to work above the garage, but you might find that you need a guest room 20 years from now for when the kids return home for the holidays. Garage plans with flexible spaces offer the opportunity to “flex” and change as your needs and lifestyle change. These detached garages are available in a wide variety of sizes and architectural styles. Below are a few examples of garage plans with flex space. Take some time to consider your lifestyle, you might just find the right one to accommodate your needs.

 

Garage Plan with Flex Space 051G-0075051G-0075: For those who need a lot of parking, this two-story garage offers parking for up to six cars (or boat storage in the two tandem bays) plus it provides a recreation room the whole family can enjoy. If there’s not enough room in the main house for entertaining, you’ll appreciate the game room where the family can enjoy some relaxing time together, and it offers a place for your teenagers to hang out with friends without disrupting the entire household. With a half bath and utility room, this garage plan with flex space can easily convert to a sleeping loft to handle weekend guests.

 

076G-0015: Just right for the work-at-home parent, this garage plan with flex space provides a double garage plus an office on the second floor. Plenty of windows fill the office with natural light while a half bath and kitchenette offer the accommodations you’ll need for a full day’s work without ever setting foot in the main home until the end of the workday. And when the time comes for you to retire, this space will easily convert to an art studio, sewing room or pottery room for those with plenty of hobbies to pursue.

 

Garage Plan with Flex Space 062G-0059062G-0059: This modern two garage plan offers flexible space in the form of a loft studio. This space is ideal for painters and musicians to practice their talents. It allows a place to store and use materials, tools, and instruments without having to clean up or pack up everything after a practice session. In the future, this space will easily convert to guest quarters. A full bath and kitchenette will offer your guests all the comforts of home with a little privacy.

 

012G-0129: This three-car garage plan with workshop is sure to please with family handy man while Mom enjoys working on pottery and other art projects upstairs. But don’t be fooled! When the time comes, the art studio can easily transform into a recreation room or media room. Or maybe you prefer to transform it into a studio apartment. The possibilities are endless with this garage plan with flex space.

 

Garage Plan with Flex Space 035G-0022035G-0022: Two tandem bays offer boat storage or parking for up to four cars with this garage plan with flex space. The studio and kitchen accommodate a home based business or provide a place to work on hobbies. The loft upstairs delivers storage. However, if you ever need a guest suite, simply enclose the loft and convert it to a bedroom. Your weekend guests can use the studio for a sitting area and the kitchen and full bath will offer ample accommodations.

 

No matter your needs, garage plans with flex space can deliver the parking you need plus that extra space for your special needs.

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Sep 26 2016

We’ve Got a Garage Plan for That!

Talk to just about anyone you know and they will tell you they need more space – more storage space, more parking space, more work space, more living space, etc. Detached garage plans are the perfect “space” solution for a broad range of needs. Homeowners add detached garages to their backyards in an effort to create space. Some build garages on different types of property to create space for other specific needs. If you take a little time to think about your needs and consider the variety of garage plans available, you too, will see that detached garages have much to offer. With so many detached garage plans available, we’ve probably got a garage plan that will accommodate your needs. So, take some time to consider your lifestyle and needs and determine what type of garage plan will accommodate you best.

 

Need more parking? We’ve got garage a garage plan for that!

Modern Garage Plan 050G-0035Whether you need to add just one extra sheltered parking space or a few, we probably have the design you’re looking for. We offer everything from simple 1-car garage plans to 3-car and 4 car garage plans. They are available in a variety of sizes and architectural styles ensuring you’ll find the right one to match your home and fit your lot. Our garage plans are available in traditional, country and modern styles just to name a few. Some are simply basic designs while others have all the bells and whistles like a full or half bath, storage closet, loft space, or workshop area. If you only wish to have extra parking, a basic garage plan will do.

 

Need a place to store your boat or RV? We’ve got garage a garage plan for that!

RV Garage Plan 051G-0091No matter if you prefer the open road or the open water, we’ve got detached garage plans that will protect your investments from the elements. Garage plans with boat storage offer at least one extra deep bay and sometimes an oversized garage door for storing boats and trailers. Our RV garage plans deliver at least one oversized garage bay that is extra deep, extra tall and outfitted with an oversized garage door to accommodate the height, length and width of a motor home, RV or camper.

 

Need more storage space? We’ve got a garage plan for that!

Garage Plan with Loft 010G-0006Face it. Over time, people accumulate A LOT of STUFF! If you’re in need of more storage space, consider our garage plans with storage or our garage loft plans. Some garage plans with storage offer parking for the family cars plus a separate room for storing boxes, lawn and garden tools, the family bikes, patio furniture, lawn mower or recycling bins. Other storage garage plans just offer extra space on one side of the garage or in the rear giving you room to add storage shelves or cabinets to get organized. Garage plans with a loft offer just that! They feature parking on the main level and an unfinished storage loft above. Depending on the design, the loft can be accessed by a pull-down stair or a full staircase, and it is a great place for storing seasonal items, holiday decorations, and basement or attic overflow.

 

Need more living space? We’ve got a garage plan for that!

Garage Plan with Flex Space 035G-0001Whether you’re outgrowing your home and cannot afford to buy a larger house or you just need a private living space for work or weekend guests, we probably have a detached garage plan to accommodate your needs. Our collection of garage plans with flex space and garage apartment plans provide extra finished living space in a variety of arrangements. Garage plans with flex space offer parking plus a finished living area that can “flex” and change as your needs and lifestyle changes. For example, design 051G-0089 offers a recreation room, hobby room and full bath. This might be ideal if you’re raising teenagers. They will have a place to hang out with friends in the rec room or use the hobby room for jam sessions. You’ll appreciate that the noise is contained away from the main house. However, after the kids have grown and moved away, you might opt to use the living space as a small apartment for when the kid and grandkids come home to visit for the holidays. Or you might opt to convert the rec room into your yoga studio or home office and convert the hobby area into your sewing room.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 072G-0028Garage apartment plans are another solution for parking and living space. In addition to at least a 1-car garage or larger, these designs offer living quarters either as a studio apartment or as a full apartment with walls and separated living spaces. Most garage apartment plans offer the basic amenities when it comes to living quarters but they will all include at least one full bath and a kitchenette. These designs are well suited for use as a guest retreat, mother-in-law suite, or living quarters for the nanny, hired hands, etc. Additionally, they work well for college students who are looking for a little independence but aren’t quite yet ready to leave home. Garage apartment plans can even be used as rental property providing extra parking and a source of income.

 

In addition to the types of garage plans mentioned above, we also offer tandem garages, garage plans with a workshop, and garage plans with a carport. And for those who need sheltered parking but can’t afford the costs of building a garage plan, take some time to consider building a carport plan instead. Please visit The Garage Plan Shop to view our extensive collection of garage plans.

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Aug 31 2016

Garage Apartment Plans: The Alternative Hunting Cabin

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Garage Apartment Plans

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but the fall hunting season is just around the corner. Are you already thinking about getting deer camp ready for this fall’s hunt? Do you need to do a little maintenance to your camper or gather your camping gear? You wouldn’t have to do either of these if you had a hunting cabin or permanent structure to stay in while you hunt, and we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Garage apartment plans are an ideal alternative to a hunting cabin. Not only do they offer comfortable living quarters, but they also offer an entire garage for parking and storage. You can’t beat that! Face it, hunters have a lot of hunting gear and a garage apartment plan is sure to accommodate all of your needs.

In general, garage apartment plans deliver parking and storage on the main floor with living quarters positioned above the garage. They feature a one-car garage or larger, with either an open studio apartment or a full apartment (with separated living and sleeping areas) on the second level making them a better choice than most hunting cabins that to not offer garage space. Garage apartment plans vary in size, style and the amenities they offer, but all of them provide a warm and comfortable sleeping space, a place to prepare meals, a space to relax and sheltered parking or storage space. Garage apartment plans that double as hunting cabins ensure that every hunter enjoys the hunt. Below is a list of features that make garage apartment plans a suitable hunting cabin:

 

  • Flexible garage area that can be used for parking your truck, SUV or ATV and storing hunting gear so you store your gear in one place for next year
  • Compact kitchen for making coffee, plugging in the crock pot or cooking a warm meal
  • Full bath (you’ll appreciate a hot shower on a cold day)
  • Open gathering space to relax or tell stories with your hunting buddies
  • Covered porches or decks for grilling, relaxing and enjoying the view
  • Bedroom or studio for sleeping on a comfortable bed or couch instead of using a cot or sleeping bag

 

The following is a list highlights a few of our most popular garage apartment plans that are often used as a “cabin in the woods.” Each plan has special features that make it popular. Take some time to check out these designs:

 

Garage Apartment Plan 012G-0047012G-0047:  Covered carports on each side of this garage apartment offer extra parking space, room to store a boat or other motorized vehicles, or they can be used as covered porches for grilling and relaxing. The art studio/living area makes a nice dining and gathering space and the workshop could easily be used for hunting gear.

 

 

Garage Apartment Plan 066G-0003066G-0003: A rustic exterior allows this garage apartment plan to blend nicely with the surrounding wooded landscape. The lock off storage area tucked behind the garage offers space for a gun safe or a place to store your hunting bow and accessories when you’re not in the woods. On the upper level, a fireplace will warm you on a cold night and covered deck is ideal for firing up the grill or smoker. A comfortable bedroom and full bath complete this accommodating garage apartment.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 072G-0030072G-0030: This garage apartment plan features a compact design offering only the basics making it an economical choice for a hunting cabin. The two-car garage offers sheltered parking while the combined living and dining area deliver comfortable gathering space. The bedroom features semi-private bath access and a laundry closet makes it easy to wash and dry wet or dirty clothes during your extended stays at deer camp.

 

Garage Apartment Plan 051G-0069051G-0069:A two-car garage and hobby area deliver plenty of parking and storage on the main level. Use the hobby room for storing your gear and the garage for your truck and ATV. The covered porch offers a place to kick off your muddy boots before entering. On the second floor one bedroom and a deluxe bath deliver comfortable accommodations while the office space could easily be finished as a second bedroom for one of your hunting buddies. Take care of dirty laundry with the washer and dryer placed conveniently near the kitchen. Finally, the covered balcony provides a peaceful place to enjoy the view of your property.

 

Garage apartment plans are flexible and versatile. While they offer a nice alternative to a hunting cabin, they are also suitable for use as a fishing cabin by the lake or a weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts who just need a place to get away from it all now and then.

If you’re in the market for a hunting cabin our garage apartment plans should not be overlooked. For additional options, please browse our collection of garage plans with flex space.

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