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Oct 26 2011

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Do Pre-Drawn Garage Blueprints include Electrical, Plumbing & HVAC Details? – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 034G-0004The garage plans published by The Garage Plan Shop are pre-drawn blueprints designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each was created. They do not necessarily meet any state, city or county building codes. Furthermore, stock garage plans do not include detailed electrical, plumbing and HVAC information. Many pre-drawn garage plans include a simple electrical plan indicating the suggested locations of fixtures, switches and outlets. However, it will be up to your builder or local electrician to follow all local electrical codes during installation ensuring all local codes are met. Be sure to review the electrical details with your electrician or contractor. Stock garage plans will include plumbing fixtures on the blueprints (i.e. toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc.), but they will not reflect a plumbing schematic. The sewer system and flow of water lines are site specific and must be determined by local professionals. Take time to discuss plumbing details with your plumber or contractor. Finally, information about the HVAC will be determined locally. The HVAC system will depend on the types of unit(s) you use and the size/amount of finished living space to be heated and cooled. The type of heating and cooling system selected and local building codes will determine the necessary ductwork. Talk with your contractor or HVAC professional to review all HVAC information.

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May 25 2011

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Building a Garage Plan: Tips to Reduce Construction Costs – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 012G-0019When most garage owners actually decide to build a garage, one of the most important things to do before construction begins is to establish a garage building budget. Sometimes the building budget can be pretty tight with no room to overspend. However, there are ways to cut construction costs when building a garage and get the most bang for your buck. Below is a list of tips recommended by The Garage Plan Shop to help you cut construction costs making it a little easier to say within your budget.

 

·         Consider purchasing a pre-drawn or stock garage plan. They cost much less than a custom drawn plan.

·         Purchase materials in bulk. Many lumberyards, hardware stores and home improvement centers will slash a significant percentage from the actual price when materials are purchased in large quantities.

·         Eliminate features that aren’t necessary. Do you really need four windows in the garage or can you get by with just two? Do you have any special features on your wish list that you can do without? Or, consider building just the basic garage right now and when time and allows and you have more money in your pocket, add special elements like a workbench. Just make sure you plan for your special elements during construction even if you can’t afford to add them right away. For instance, if you’d like to have a half bath in the garage someday, be sure to install the rough plumbing during construction and finish the bath at a later time.

·         Hire a licensed and credible contractor. Many times, garage owners think they will cut construction costs by hiring cheap labor. In reality, it is worth paying more for a good contractor as it is not worth risking the structural integrity of you new garage to save money on labor. Sometime poor craftsmanship leads to more expensive renovation costs down the road.

 

With these simple tips, you’ll have a better idea of how to stick to your building budget and you’ll be enjoying your new, structurally sound garage in no time.

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Nov 17 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop Compares Garage Plans and Carport Plans

While you may have decided you need additional sheltered parking at home, you might not know if you should build a detached garage plan or a carport plan. The Garage Plan Shop is here to help you. We’ve compared both structures and provided some of the pros and cons for each parking structure.

 

047G-0012 Garage PlanPros of Garage Plans

·         Garage plans are large enough to store one or more cars and often provide extra storage space for other things. Some even offer storage closets or an upper level loft.

·         Enclosed on all four sides, a garage protects anything you store from the elements, including sun damage, and ensures dry storage for anything that cannot be exposed to moisture.

·         Installing quality doors, locks and windows allows safe storage of cars, tools, auto parts, lawn and garden equipment and basement and attic overflow, protecting your belongings from thieves and vandals.

·         The enclosed garage combined with quality doors and windows keeps pests and small critters out and prevents them from damaging anything you need to store.

·         Garages offer plenty of wall space for organizational shelving and cabinets offering places to keep tools, toys, gardening supplies and anything else you might not want to store.

·         Detached garage plans provide an alternative and sometimes larger storage solution than a backyard lawn and garden shed.

·         Detached garages are flexible spaces that work well as a workshop, hobby space, or outbuilding and can even accommodate some home based businesses.

 

Cons of Garage Plans

·          Detached garage plans are much more complex than carports and will require more building skills and experience for construction.

·         Time and money are a factor. It takes much longer and quite a bit more money to build a garage than a carport.

·         Because a detached garage is more complex than a carport, you’ll have to follow more rules and regulations to meet building codes and safety regulations. Check with your building department to find out more about building codes.

 

006G-0009 Carport PlanPros of Carport Plans

·         Building a carport will cost much less that building a detached garage.

·         Carports are more basic structures than garages, so you won’t have to follow as many building codes and regulations.

·         Because carport plans are so simple, they will take less time to construct. If you’re handy, you might be able to build it on your own in a weekend or two.

·         Carports offer enough shelter to protect your car from sun damage, falling limbs, hail damage and dripping sap from trees.

·         An open carport provides plenty of natural ventilation for your car.

·         Some carport plans offer one or two solid walls offering a space to add storage shelving or cabinets.

·         Some carport plans are flexible enough for uses other than car storage. They can provide a sheltered space to work on a car no matter what the weather and can even serve as a covered porch or patio for grilling and other outdoor activities.

 

Cons of Carport Plans

·         Most carport plans are only large enough to house one or two automobiles. They don’t always offer additional space to store other items like a workbench or holiday decorations.

·         Carports are generally open on one or more sides and can be open on all sides, meaning the carport is not secure for storage, and you can’t completely protect your things for the wind, rain and sun damage.

·         You cannot lock a carport, so it is not a good place to store valuable items such as mechanics tools or the riding mower.

·         Carports won’t keep insects and curious critters out, so anything stored under the carport is a risk for damage by unwanted pests.

 

If you don’t have the time or money to build a detached garage plan, a carport will efficiently serve its purpose protecting your cars from the elements. Plus, you can always enclose the carport at a later time. However, if it is in your budget and you have the time to build a detached garage plan, in most cases, the garage will be worth the investment.

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