Mar 10 2014

Spring Lawn Care Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden,Seasonal

LawnmowerThe birds are chirping. The days grow longer. The sun seems warmer. It must be spring. No more hesitation. It is time to get outside and prepare your lawn for the hot days of summer. Below are a few hints to help you get started:

1. Rake – Using a lawn sweeper or a good old fashioned rake, remove accumulated debris like sticks, leaves and litter. Raking also helps to remove dead weeds and grass. Thick lawns may require a dethatcher.

2. Aerate – You can aerate the ground by poking holes with a garden fork. This is especially critical if you have heavy clay soil. This will allow water and fertilizer to saturate the soil giving your lawn a jump start.

3. Fertilize – This replenishes the food reserves that the plants use up in the winter months.  Apply an organic fertilizer or compost tea. This is accomplished by soaking compost in water then spraying the liquid on the lawn.

4. Weed – By using a pre-emergent weed killer, you give the grass a chance to grow tall and strong without competition from weeds.

5. Reseed – Reseed bare areas. Over-seed the entire lawn if it appears patchy or thin.

6. Mow – As soon as the grass is growing it is time to start mowing. Sharpen up your blade as a dull one causes brown dried out edges on the grass. Also it will tear out new growth. Don’t cut it too short. It is better to mow more often than too short. Keeping the lawn at a proper height, 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall allows the roots to fully develop.

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Feb 24 2014

Featured 2-Car Garage with Boat Storage Bay – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage with Boat Storage Plan 019G-0006Need to protect your boat and the family cars from the elements? Ideal for fishermen and boating enthusiasts, this featured detached garage plan may be the perfect solution. Offering 896 square feet of sheltered parking space, this 3-car garage delivers two standard bays for the family cars and an extra deep bay for storing your boat and/or trailer. Three overhead garage doors, two covered service entries, and a 12’ ceiling are sure to surprise you. Furthermore, the exterior is just as appealing as the interior offering a façade that will neatly blend with many Craftsman homes and even some European designs. Click here to check out this featured two-car garage plan with attached boat storage bay to view floor plans and extra details.

If you’d like to view more plans like this one, please browse our entire collection of boat storage garage plans.

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Feb 10 2014

Featured 2-Car Garage can be MORE than a Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: 2-Car Garage plans,Featured Plans

Two-Car Garage Plan 057G-0003Check out this basic two-car garage plan measuring 22’ X 24’ with a 17’ X 7’ overhead door. That’s enough space for two cars plus a workbench or small storage space. Finally, the garage offers 8’ ceilings and windows for natural lighting. Those are just the basics. But let’s think outside the box, or for that matter, the garage, for just a minute. This detached garage plan provides 528 square feet accessed by not only a back door but that spacious overhead door in front. What a great way to haul projects in and out of a woodshop or art studio. Or, how about the ultimate garden shed with room enough for shovels, hoes, tiller, lawn mower and even a tractor?  There’s room for a garage band to practice and to back in the van to load up equipment. Maybe going out to the gym doesn’t have to be any further than your own gym that opens up to view the great outdoors on sunny days. What about a meeting space with plenty of room for working on projects for your children’s scout troop? Or maybe you just get tired of hauling things up and downstairs to the basement and would enjoy some extra, easily accessed storage space? For whatever activities or storage space that you find lacking in your home, consider this basic two-car garage plan to accommodate your needs.

Browse our entire collection of detached, two-car garage plans for more options and ideas

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Jan 27 2014

Travel Apps for Your Next Get Away – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Driving Safety,Miscellaneous,Road Trips

Map appBefore you take your next vacation, road trip or getaway, do a little research and download a few travel apps that will help you along the way. We’ve listed some handy apps below, but there many more out there related to maps, travel time, things to do in specific cities, gas prices, places to shop and eat, flight arrival times, hotels, and countless more. Below are a few that we like to use:

AccuFuel

American Airlines

City Maps 2Go

Flight Predictor

FlightView

GasBuddy

GoogleMaps

greenMeter

Hotel Finder

iGasUp

MapQuest Gas Prices

My Max Speed

Orbitz

Southwest Airlines

Trapster

Travelocity

TripAdvisor

TripAlyzer

TripGo Real Time Trip Planner

WiFi Finder

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Jan 13 2014

Featured Design: Two-Car Carport Satisfies a Variety of Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Zach Boyle

Category: Carport Plans,Featured Plans

Carport PLan 006G-0017With a simple and conservative design, this two-car carport satisfies not only parking needs, but it can be utilized for a variety of other uses. Being supported by six 6’’ posts, this carport is sturdy enough to protect vehicles from the elements, eliminating that voice in the back of your head asking if you remembered to roll up your windows. In addition to cars, the shelter can also be used to protect other motorized vehicles or machinery, such as farm equipment, which are often subjected to nasty weather conditions because of limited garage or storage space. Going beyond vehicles, this carport is capable of serving as a pavilion, providing an environment in which barbeques, celebrations, and gatherings can continue despite what Mother Nature has planned. To view more designs like this one, please browse our collection of carport plans.

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