Have you ever found yourself wishing for or dreaming of a detached garage to protect your car from the elements or store extra stuff? Do you worry about the cost of build a garage or the lack of space in your backyard? If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, building a one-car garage plan from The Garage Plan Shop may be the solution you are looking for. Single-car garages are versatile enough to serve a variety of needs and they are generally simple in design making them an economical build.
Small and 1-car garage plans are just that, small enough to store one car inside. In most cases, their compact sizes allow them to fit in the most modest of backyards solving the issue of a small space or tiny backyard. Furthermore, most are quite basic in design foregoing all the stylish exterior elements and special features that drive up building costs. Generally, even those with a minimal budget can afford to build a one-car garage plan.
Of course a 1-car garage is just right for providing sheltered parking for one automobile, but do you know what else a 1-car garage can do? Take a look at the list below. You might decide that a single-car design is flexible enough to accommodate your parking needs now and convert to another use in the future. Or, maybe you’ll decide you need a 1-car garage for one of ideas mentioned below. So, what can a small garage or 1-car floor plan do for you?
- Lawn and garden shed
- Motorcycle garage
- Stores smaller motorized items like an ATV or golf cart
- Storage space of a mechanic’s tools
- Hobby or craft room
- Workshop for the family handyman
- Storage area for basement and attic overflow
Whether you want sheltered parking or a workshop, small garage plans and 1-car garage blueprints can accommodate a broad range of needs.
Have you ever heard of a drive-thru garage? Do you know what makes them so special? Drive-thru garage plans are just like any other detached garage offering parking and/or storage space. They are available in a variety of sizes and architectural styles. Some come with lofts, storage spaces and other thoughtful extras. But the thing that makes drive-thru garage plans so special is that you can truly drive right thru them. These practical and convenient garage floor plans are outfitted with at least one drive-thru bay. This means at least one bay offers a front and rear overhead garage door. With this special arrangement, you no longer have to hassle with backing in and out of the garage, you can simply pull right thru if you choose. Furthermore, if you are one who likes to store other items in the garage like the riding mower or the kids’ bikes, you can access these things from the rear garage door without ever moving the cars to get to them. Another special use for a drive-thru garage plan comes with those having extra deep bays designed to accommodate boats and trailers. With a drive-thru boat storage garage, you can simply pull into your garage, pull the truck thru the bay and unhitch the boat trailer, leaving it inside. Then, just drive away and close both the front and rear overhead doors safely storing your boat inside. You’ll never have to back the boat trailer in or out of the garage again. Likewise drive-thru RV garage plans are especially convenient for motor homes and campers. It is already hard enough to drive an oversized vehicle much less try to back it in or out of a garage. The convenience of a drive-thru RV bay eliminates the need to back something so monstrous out of the garage. For families that have small children and store toys inside the garage, drive-thru garage plans lend a little extra safety. Open the rear garage door and let the kids access their toys and sporting equipment from the backyard. This will eliminate the need for the kids to be in the front yard or on the driveway keeping them a safe distance from the street and out of harm’s way.
Drive-thru garage plans come in a broad range of designs ranging from a 2-car garage to a drive-thru RV garage. Check out The Garage Plan Shop’s collection of garage floor plans today!
The purpose and function of overhead garage doors have changed over time. Now, not only do they open, close and lock keeping your cars and other items in the garage safe and out of site, but garage doors also contribute to the overall curb appeal of the structure not to mention offer energy efficiency. Garage doors are available in a vast array of sizes, styles, colors and architectural themes ensuring you’ll find the right one to suit your needs. If you plan to build a detached garage plan, put some thought into the type of overhead doors you’d like to use. Below is a list of things to consider before purchasing your garage door:
- Does the garage door complement the architectural style of your garage and accompanying home?
- Is it available in a color that blends nicely with the façade?
- What energy efficiency features does it have including insulation?
- Is the garage door available with customizable options such as your choice of hardware or glass allowing you to have your own unique look?
- Does the garage door have a high durability rating?
- Are there any special safety features included?
Also, check with garage door manufactures. Some offer a design tool by which you can upload a photo of your garage and “try on” all the different door options experimenting with color, style, etc., making it easy to select the right overhead door for your new garage.
For most of us, the garage is considered an extension of the home, and for many, a garage can do much more than just store the family cars. Aside from the space they offer, detached garages are certainly a multi-purpose structure. They are built for any number of reasons and functions making it advantageous to add one to your home or property. Below is a list of some of the advantages of building a detached garage plan.
- A garage offers security and protection. It is a place where your cars are secure from potential vandals, theft and other car crimes or critters that might try to make themselves at home under the hood or in the undercarriage of the car. Also, a detached garage will protect your cars from the elements such as hail, wind, ice, snow and sun, not to mention a falling tree during a severe thunderstorm. And who wants to scrape the ice and frost off their windows every morning before work, when they can just park their car in a garage? Finally, a detached garage can offer locked storage space for tools and other valuables you might not necessarily store inside your home.
- For the family handyman, a garage makes a nice tool shed or workshop. Add cabinets, shelving and a workbench and you have plenty for room to store tools and supplies and still have space to work on home repair projects.
- A detached garage plan makes a nice hobby room for woodworkers and other hobbyists giving them a place to work on projects without disturbing the rest of the home. Also, it keeps harmful fumes and gases (from paints and other items) from entering the living areas of the home. Ventilation will be necessary if you plan to use your garage for such activities.
- Adding a garage to your property will increase the value or your home or lot. Should you ever decide to sell, you may see a nice return on your investment.
Building a detached garage plan has many advantages. They enhance living spaces, add extra storage and parking and provide workspace. Garages don’t have to be big and decked out with the most expensive features and accessories. They just have to serve the purposes for which they are built. If you are considering building a detached garage plan, take some time to browse the floor plans at The Garage Plan Shop. There are plenty of designs and styles to choose from that will satisfy your needs.
For some guys (and gals) the garage may be the most important part of their home or property. When building a detached garage, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead. Know how you want to use your garage and what special elements you might need so you can accommodate those needs and incorporate special features during construction. Below is a list of nine things to consider before you purchase a garage plan and begin building.
- Use: Are you just going to store a couple cars in the garage or do you plan to use it for storage space or a hobby room too? Knowing how you plan to use the garage with determine what special elements you need to incorporate.
- Ventilation: Make sure you have a plan for ventilation. During the winter, many will raise their garage doors and starts their cars allowing them to warm up. This allows toxic fumes and gases such as carbon monoxide to escape the garage without causing harm or health risks. However, if you’re not actually sitting in your car or inside the garage while your car is warming up, an open garage door is an invitation for car theft. In this case, you would benefit from installing an exhaust fan. Likewise, if you plan to use the garage for painting or hobbies that may create fumes, an exhaust fan is a necessary element to ensure health and safety.
- Car Storage: If you are planning to use the garage for parking, consider the size of your vehicles. If you are storing a typical sedan style car, you probably won’t need to make adjustments. On the other hand, storing oversized vehicles such as an SUV or truck may require a garage plan with taller overhead garage doors and deeper bays.
- Storage Space: Typically, garages are used for parking the cars, but somehow, many of us transform our garages into a multi-purpose storage space. If this is the case for your family, plan ahead. What items will you be storing in the garage? Toys? Lawn and garden equipment? The lawnmower? The kids’ bikes? Sporting equipment? Half-used cans of paint? Know what you want to store in the garage and choose a floor plan that offers extra space for storage shelves, cabinets and even wall space to hang shovels, rakes, brooms, etc. You might even choose a garage plan that offers an upper level storage space such as a loft for stashing holiday decorations and seasonal items.
- Tool Storage: If you plan to work on your cars in the garage, be sure to allow room for tool boxes, auto parts, oil containers, etc., keeping everything handy for when you need it.
- Workspace or Workbench: The family handy man knows all too well it is important to have a workbench or workspace in the garage providing a place to work on home repair projects and store necessary tools such as screwdrivers, hammer, nails, tape measure and that can of WD40. Be sure your work surface is sturdy and plan to have cabinets or shelves to store supplies within an arm’s reach. This gives you a place to work on projects without having to clean them up before you finish. And the last thing you want to do is work on your project on the floor when you could be working at a nice bench.
- Electrical: Depending on how you use your garage will determine the electrical plan. What kind of lighting will you need? If you plan to use the garage as a workshop, you’ll need task lighting or shop lights. Also, what type of electrical access will you need? If you plan to charge the rechargeable batteries of power tools, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of outlets and enough voltage to get the job done. Will you be using an air compressor or a welder? You’ll need 220 volt outlets for these items. Plan to locate outlets in easy-to-access areas and make sure they can deliver the electric you’ll need for the things you plan to plug in. Your electrician can help you with this.
- Heating and Cooling: If you plan to be working in your garage a fair amount of time throughout the year, consider insulating the walls and adding a heating and cooling unit that is efficient for your climate. That way you’ll always be comfortable while you work.
- Seal the Concrete: Most garages are subjected to a lot of wear and tear and abuse. Keep your garage floor looking brand new for years to come by sealing it with a high quality epoxy paint or sealer. When car fluids leak on the floor or you spill a gasoline can, you’ll appreciate having a sealed garage floor making clean-ups go easily and smoothly.
Remember, your garage IS YOUR GARAGE. Only you know just what you need and how you plan to use it, so take the time to plan ahead and make your garage what you want it to be.