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Jun 27 2016

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5 Commonly Asked Questions about Garage Plans

Garage Plan 023G-0003If you are thinking about building a detached garage plan, you probably have questions about the blueprints before you purchase them.Below are the six most commonly asked questions about our garage plans and their answers to help ensure you make the right decision when it comes to buying your garage plans.

 

Can the garage plans be modified?

Yes! If you’ve found a garage plan that is close to what you need, but it isn’t exactly perfect, our modification team can help you. Simply complete and submit our modification request from, and our modification team will provide a free quote for your changes within a couple of business days. This gives you an opportunity to find out what the extra costs will be for your project before you spend any money on blueprints. We recommend that you review our garage modification page to get a good understanding of how the modification process works and to download the modification request form.

 

What is included in a set of garage blueprints?

The garage plans published on our website are complete sets blueprints designed for each structure to be built from the ground up. They typically include floor plans, exterior elevations, a foundation plan, interior elevations when applicable, details and/or cross sections, simple plumbing and basic electrical information. NOTE 1: The information included in the blueprints varies from one designer to another. Please contact us with a specific plan number for verification regarding the elements included in a particular blueprint. NOTE 2: Our garage blueprints are actual construction drawings. We do not include any “how to” information or step-by-step instructions. It is necessary that you hire a builder to build your garage or have proficient knowledge of how to read a blueprint in order to build our garage plans. For additional information, please review our recent blog: What is Included in a Set of Garage Blueprints? 

 

How much does it cost to build a particular garage plan?

Unfortunately, we do not provide an estimated cost to build or a material estimate for our designs. We know the costs for materials and labor vary greatly from one city to the next and sometimes even within the same city. It is impossible for us to know the going rates for materials and labor in all cities, counties, municipalities, etc. So, rather than guessing and quoting you a price that is much too high or much too low for your area, we recommend checking with a few local builders or lumberyards to find out what the going rates are for materials and labor in your area. Most will quote you a dollar amount per square foot, based on mid-grade materials, but it is best to confirm if they are quoting high-end materials, mid-grade, etc. Also, make sure to ask what the quote includes as sometimes it does not include foundation materials and a few other things. We realize this requires a little more research and work on for the person wishing to build a garage, but checking locally will provide you with a reasonable ballpark estimate.

 

Will the garage plans meet my local building codes?

Our plans are considered to be pre-drawn stock plans. They are designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each plan was created. However, we do not guarantee the plans will meet all local building codes. Our plans are sold and built all over the US and Canada. The codes and requirements you have in your area may be completely different than the codes and requirements for someone building the same plan you are considering in another part of the country. It will be up to you/your builder to make any adjustments necessary to meet local building codes and requirements. You may need to hire a local design professional to add notes to the blueprints regarding some of your local building codes if your builder cannot make these adjustments at the jobsite or if you building department requires them to be shown on the plans in order to get building permits. We recommend talking with your builder and your building department to find out what is allowed in your city, county, etc. as far as making changes and adjustments to meet local building codes.

 

Are the garage plans sealed or stamped by an engineer or architect?

Our garage plans do not come with an engineer’s or an architect’s seal or stamp. They are considered pre-drawn, stock plans. This means they are designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each plan was created. However, we do not guarantee the plans will meet all local building codes and requirements. Because our plans are sold and built all over the US and Canada, it is impossible for our designers to ensure they will meet all local codes for every location, city, county, municipality, etc. Therefore, our garage plans do not include a seal or stamp, as the seal/stamp is a local requirement. The items required for the seal/stamp in your area are completely different than the requirements for a customer building the same plan you are considering in another part of the country. Often the requirements that coincide with a seal/stamp for a particular state, province, city, etc., are influenced by climactic and geographic elements that are specific to the area where you plan to build making them local requirements. It will be up to you/your builder to hire a local professional to review and seal/stamp the plans. This professional must be licensed in the state/province where the structure is to be built. We recommend finding someone who can review the blueprints and provide a seal before you actually purchase plans. Sometimes the design professional providing the seal/stamp will have a preference as to which plan package he/she works with, and this will influence which plan package you purchase. Most likely he/she will want the CAD file or PDF because it is much easier to work with the electronic format when it comes to adding extra notes and elements to the plan that are necessary to meet local building codes. The only way to be sure about what plan package to purchase is to ask your local design professional before you make a blueprint purchase.

 

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May 19 2016

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Two-Car Garage Plans Offer a Multitude of Special Features

With such a wide variety of two-car garage plans to choose from, it is important to identify how you plan to use your new garage and what features you’ll need to get the most use out of it. For example, if you need extra storage space for your basement or attic overflow, you’ll probably want to select a floor plan that offers a storage loft. Or, if you like working outside in your yard and garden, you might consider a garage with a full bath, so you’ll have a place to clean up without bringing the mess into your home. Below are eight two-car garage plans and a brief description of their special features for you to consider.

 

Garage Plan 008G-0005008G-0005 The possibilities are endless with this two-car garage plan. It offers one tandem, drive-thru bay that neatly holds two cars or your boat. With garage doors on both ends, there is no need to hassle with backing the boat and trailer in or out of the garage. Simply pull straight through instead. Two storage areas offer plenty of room to store tools, lawn and garden equipment and seasonal items such as patio furniture during the winter months. Additionally, the open shed offers extra covered parking or it could be used as a covered porch giving you a place to grill or just kick back and relax outdoors.

 

Garage Plan 010G-0006010G-0006 This rustic two-car garage plan has more to offer than you might expect. In addition to the double garage bay, it features a workshop area for the family handyman complete with workbench. A full bath is an added convenience. On the second floor, an unfinished storage loft provides plenty of room to store holiday decorations and other treasures that you aren’t ready to part with yet.

 

Garage Plan 023G-0003023G-0003 Take a look at this detached garage apartment plan. On the main floor it offers a two-car garage plus a workshop space or a game area depending on your needs. The second floor features a one bedroom, one bath apartment that works well as a guest suite or a private living area for your college student when he or she comes home for summer break.

 

Garage Plan 028G-0052028G-0052 This two-car garage plan features an attached RV bay as well offering three garage bays in all. The RV bay offers an extra tall ceiling and oversized garage doors at the front and back of the convenient drive-thru bay. Park your every day cars in the two-car garage and use the second floor loft for storage or finish it as an office, game room, home theater or workout space.

 

Garage Plan 034G-0013034G-0013 Touches of European styling give this tandem garage plan plenty of curb appeal. It offers two tandem bays, perfect for boat storage or providing enough room to park up to four cars.

 

Garage Plan 047G-0002047G-0002 For those who aren’t sure what size garage will work best on their lot or in their backyard, garage plans in multiple sizes are the solution. A multi-size garage plan like this one is available in two or more sizes allowing you to purchase the plans and then determine which size to build. Some of the larger garage sizes are even deep enough for boat storage like this design when built as the 22’x28’ floor plan.

 

Garage Plan 051G-0079051G-0079 Designed with two extra deep bays and 10’x10 garage doors, this two-car garage apartment plan nicely accommodates boat storage and oversized vehicles like trucks and SUVs. The attached one-story apartment plan is just right for a mother-in-low cottage providing comfortable and private living space for an aging relative all on one level.

 

Garage Plan 062G-0059062G-0059 This modern two-car garage plan offers a storage area in the garage and a flex space above. The flexible studio includes a full bath and kitchenette making it ideal for a home office, art studio or workout room. It could also be finished as a guest suite.

 

 

 

These detached two-car garage plans are just a sampling of the designs in our collection. We offer floor plans in variety of sizes and styles and numerous other special features are available. Take some time to browse our entire collection of two-car garage plans to find a design that will satisfy your needs.

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Oct 01 2015

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Pros and Cons of Building with Detached Garage Plans

001G-0002 Detached Garage PlanDo you need extra parking or a sheltered storage space? Are you considering building a detached garage? Below are some of the pros and cons of building a detached garage.

 

Pros

·         Most stock garage plans are of high quality and provide all the information you’ll need to build the garage with the exception of local requirements due to regional and climactic factors. Some are even available with material lists for an extra charge.

·         With sturdy doors and quality locks, a garage offers a secure and dry place to park the cars plus store other items in most cases. You can add cabinets and shelves to accommodate tools, outdoor toys, lawn and garden supplies, etc. Some garages even offer an unfinished loft above or another storage space, such as a closet, to handle basement and attic overflow.

·         Garage floor plans easily offer wall spaces for adding hooks and racks designed to hold everything from the family bikes and leaf rakes to jackets and sporting equipment.

·         Unlike an open-sided carport, garage plans deliver four walls (if you include the garage door wall) providing complete protection from the sun, hail, wind, snow and rain ensuring your automobiles are safe no matter what weather Mother Nature brings.

·         With four walls and no opening, garage plans keep small animals and pests away from your car that might otherwise to crawl up inside if the car were parked in a carport or on an open driveway.

·         Garage floor plans provide an opportunity to convert the unfinished space to usable living space should you have a need to do so in the future.

 

Cons

·         Building a garage plan can be an expensive project when compared to a carport.

·         Garage plans take much longer to build than a simple carport.

·         In most cases, you’ll have to follow quite a few rules when it comes to building codes and local building regulations.

·         You may be required to obtain a building permit in order to build a detached garage. You might also have to schedule regular inspections with the building inspector throughout the construction process. Check with your local building department to find out what will be required.

 

If you have the money, space and extra time to build a garage verses a carport, it may be well to your advantage to build a sturdy structure that provides protection on all sides, locked doors, a dry interior and plenty of room for parking and storage.

 

Visit The Garage Plan Shop to find the right detached garage plan for you.

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Aug 05 2015

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Featured 3-Car Garage Plan with Porte-Cochere – The Garage Plan Shop

Need a 3-car garage to blend with your European-style home? This detached garage design exudes European flair and begins with a port3-Car Garage Plan 025G-0008e cochere which is characteristic of Old World estates and mansions. The porte cochere provides a pass-thru directing cars to the rear of the design where there three rear-entry garage bays awaiting your automobiles. Additionally, the gentle arched openings and windows combined with wing-tipped shutters and carriage style garage doors contribute to the European styling of the design. The garage floor plan features a double garage bay on one side and single garage bay on the other. The single bay is perfect for storing your weekend vehicle or protecting a vintage model you worked to restore to perfect condition. The garage bays and the porte cochere combine to offer 1315 square feet of covered parking and usable space. Visit our website to learn more about this stylish and practical 3-car garage plan
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May 14 2015

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RV Garage Plans for Various Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

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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