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Sep 15 2010

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Should You Build a Garage? Getting Started – The Garage Plan Shop

034G-0002 Garage PlanAre you tired of scraping snow, ice and frost from your windows? Would you like to protect your car(s) from Mother Nature’s fury and possible theft? Could you use a little extra storage space? A workshop? Or both? It might be time to build a detached garage. Detached garage plans are available in a multitude of sizes and styles. Furthermore, some floor plans provide special features such as full or half baths, an upstairs storage loft or even finished living space. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be thrilled to find out how your property value will increase when you build such a handy and practical addition to your home or property.


Before you start making all kinds of decisions about the type of garage you’d like to build, take some time to check with the local building department. Find out if you are allowed to build a garage on your property. Learn about your building codes and other requirements before you begin. Ask about obtaining necessary building permits, etc. After you’ve done a little legwork, it will be time to start making decisions. Below is a list of items you should consider that will help you get started with your building project.


·         Determine the purpose of the garage.

·         Consider space requirements, easements and setbacks to determine what size garage you can build.

·         Decide how many vehicles you wish to accommodate.

·         Determine from which side you will access the garage and if you need to extend/expand your driveway to allow access to the new structure.

·         Determine if you need a garage with extra deep bays to accommodate oversized vehicles, boat storage, a workbench or storage of lawn and garden equipment or mechanic’s tools.

·         Decide if you will have upper level storage or finished space and how to access it.

·         Consider your requirements for potential finished space such as a bathroom, home office, recreation room or living quarters.

·         Select an architectural style that blends nicely with your home.

·         Choose building materials consistent with the exterior finish, trim and styling of your house that meet or exceed local building standards.

·         Determine what size garage door(s) you need and select a style to match your home and the exterior of the garage.

·         Decide if you would like to add one or more service doors and where you would like them to be located. Consider the number and placement of windows.

·         Select a garage door opener suitable for the garage doors you chose.

·         Determine what electrical fixtures, outlets and switches you’ll need, including indoor and outdoor lighting.

·         Consider electrical wiring needs you may have inside the garage such as charging power tools or adding an extra refrigerator in the garage.

·         Decide if you want the space heated and cooled.



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Sep 01 2010

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Building a Detached Garage: The Importance of Garage Plans

006G-0089 Garage PlanSometimes when homeowners and land owners decide to build a new detached garage on their property, they question the importance of buying garage plans. Some believe it is an unnecessary expense in the construction process and may try to build their garage from the simple floor plans found in magazines and project plan books or on a garage plan websites. However, the truth of the matter is stock garage plans are a vital part of the garage building process. It is important and necessary to purchase garage blueprints before construction begins. Below is a list of reasons why a new garage owner or a builder should purchase garage blueprints when building a garage.


  • Purchasing construction drawings gives the garage owner permission from the designer or architect to build the original copyrighted design without breaking copyright laws. It grants the owner legal permission to build the detached garage.
  • A set of garage blueprints in the most complete resource you and the builder will have for the entire building project.
  • Garage plans outline the garage’s complete structure from the foundation and wall framing to the roof framing, exterior finish and trim and interior layout.
  • The blueprints clearly define and illustrate what the owner expects the finished garage to look like when construction is complete.
  • Garage plans outline and describe the design you are building before construction begins providing a complete overall concept of the entire building project.
  • Garage blueprints are a necessary and useful tool in preparing the site or lot, planning the interior space, generating a building schedule or timeline and setting a budget.
  • Blueprints map the boundaries for every room or space within the structure, indicate square footage of the garage and any finished spaces, and depict major elements on the floor plan such as finished rooms, bathrooms/half baths, doorways, windows and stairs when required.
  • Garage plans depict changes in elevations. Interior elevations may reflect a staircase to an upper floor loft or studio apartment. Exterior elevations will depict how the garage will sit on the lot relative to the grade of the land such as a garage designed for a sloping lot or a drive-under garage.
  • Floor plans provide a “map” and call attention to consideration for any special elements such as a covered porch, bathroom, living quarters or an attached carport.
  • Because designers of pre-drawn garage plans create floor plans with many of today’s most requested features in mind, they are a smart and less expensive alternative to drawing a custom garage plan from scratch. These plans provide most of the features you are looking for at a fraction of the cost.
  • Various pre-drawn blueprint packages (CAD files and reproducible masters) come with a copyright release allowing the owner to work with a professional designer or qualified builder to make changes to the original copyrighted plan, further accommodating specific needs.


If you are considering building a new garage, take some time to review the importance of purchasing garage plans. For further information about buying garage plans and blueprints, take some time to review all the helpful information in The Garage Plan Shop’s resource section.

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