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Apr 21 2016

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Are Stock Garage Plans Sealed or Stamped by an Engineer or Architect?

Garage Plan 072G-0026When building a new garage, it is possible that your city, county, province or local municipality might require that your garage plans are sealed or stamped by an engineer or an architect. Our garage blueprints do not come with an engineer’s or architect’s seal or stamp on them. 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. We cannot guarantee that our garage blueprints will meet all local building codes and requirements for your specific area. Because our plans are sold and built all over the US and Canada, it is impossible for our designers to ensure the blueprints will meet all local codes for every location, city, county, municipality, etc. Therefore, our plans do not include an engineer’s or architects seal or stamp, as the seal or stamp is a local requirement. The items required for the engineer’s or architects seal or stamp in one part of the country are completely different than the requirements for a customer building the same plan in another part of the country. Often the requirements that coincide with a seal or stamp for a particular state, province, city, etc., are influenced by climactic and geographic elements that are specific to the area where the plan is built making them local requirements. For example, someone building a garage in certain parts of California will need engineering to meet seismic codes, while a customer building the same plan in the Rocky mountains may need engineering for wind and snow load. It will be up to you or your builder to hire a local engineer or architect to review and seal or stamp the garage plans before obtaining building permits. This design professional must be licensed in the state or province where the garage will be built. We recommend finding someone who can review the blueprints and provide an engineer’s or architect’s seal or before you actually purchase plans. Sometimes the design professional providing the seal or stamp will have a preference as to which plan package he/she works with, and this will influence which blueprint 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. There is information about this topic in our FAQs should you need to reference it later. Additionally, you can find other helpful information about our blueprints in our Resource section.

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Jan 11 2016

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What is Included in a Set of Garage Blueprints?

Garage Plan 047G-0020Are you planning to build a garage? If the answer is, “Yes!” then you have a couple of options when it comes to purchasing a garage blueprint. You might choose to hire a local design professional to draw a custom garage plan, or you might opt to purchase a pre-drawn stock garage plan like those found at www.thegarageplanshop.com. Many people choose to purchase a stock garage plan, but often wonder what is included in a set of blueprints. The list below summarizes the information typically included in a set of construction drawings. Most stock garage plans will include:

 

  1. Coversheet: This page is an artist’s rendering of the finished garage. It is used as a visual aid and represents the completed structure after it is built. In most cases, the coversheet is not necessary for the construction of your new garage. Therefore, some designers do not included it in their construction drawings.
  2. Exterior Elevations: The exterior elevations page(s) depict the exterior of the garage on all four sides. They indicate the exterior finish and trim of the garage by calling out the materials used to finish the outside of the structure such as brick, siding, stone or stucco. The elevations note the placement of these materials on the exterior of the garage. Additionally, roofing materials are specified and roof pitches are indicated. Finally, the exterior elevations note or depict decorative elements like porch columns, carriage lamps, and window shutters. Door and window sizes may be shown on the exterior elevations as well.
  3. Foundation Plan: The foundation plan is a detailed drawing of the garage foundation. It reflects pertinent information about the foundation such as dimensions, column locations, and concrete thickness of footers and foundation walls, as well as other necessary details.
  4. Floor Plans: The floor plan page(s) indicate the layout and construction of each floor of the garage. They typically provide room dimensions, wall sizes, door and window locations, notes about ceiling details and design, and other pertinent construction notes and details.
  5. Interior Elevations: When applicable, the interior elevations describe and provide details and drawings about the built-in elements of a garage apartment or other finished space such as cabinets, handrails, moldings, vanities and built-in shelves or niches.
  6. Simple Plumbing: The simple plumbing information is usually found on the floor plan page, but sometimes it is on a separate page. It depicts placement and locations of bathtubs, showers, toilets and sinks when applicable.
  7. Basic Electric: The basic electrical information can be found on the floor plan or on a separate page. It reflects the suggested locations of outlets, fixtures and switches when applicable.
  8. Sections: Garage plan sections may be found on a separate blueprint page or they might be found on various pages throughout the construction drawings. Typically, they are views of the garage which show the elements and composition of the foundation, interior and exterior walls, floors, stair details and roofs. The sections show the relationship between floors and indicate rooflines and ceiling heights.
  9. Details: Construction details can be found throughout the set of blueprints or they may be found on a separate page. These details convey information about how smaller elements of the structure should be constructed. Some examples include the design of handrail spindles, sizes and styles of trim and moldings, or the look of the fireplace.

 

Please Note: Blueprint pages vary by designer. Not all stock garage plans incorporate every element described above.

 

For additional information, please read, What you Need to Know about Stock Garage Plans.

 

Understanding the elements of stock garage plan and the information that composes a set of blueprints will help you determine if a stock garage plan is right for you.

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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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Jul 02 2013

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Featured 1-Car Garage Plan with Modern Styling – The Garage Plan Shop

1-Car Garage Plan 028G-0054Clean lines and simple styling give this featured, 1-car garage plan plenty of modern curb appeal. It will blend neatly with many modern homes. A single overhead door opens to 480 square feet of parking space, just right for storing one car or a couple of motorcycles. Hobbyists might even use this garage as a workshop or art studio. Furthermore, this single-car garage is the right size for use as a storage shed in your backyard providing plenty of room for the riding mower and other lawn and garden tools and supplies. A front-entry service door lends convenience, and two windows fill the interior with natural light. This detached garage is 20’x24’ overall and is designed with 2×6 exterior walls and a monolithic slab foundation. Add parking or storage to your backyard and complement your contemporary home with this modern 1-car garage plan. Please view plan 028G-0054 for floor plans and additional details. For more plans like this one, please browse our entire collection of 1-car garage plans.

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May 20 2013

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Featured 2-Car Garage Plan with Functional Flex Space – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan with Flex Space 051G-0032Traditional styling allows this 2-car garage plan with flexible space to blend well with most homes. The exterior features a siding façade and a covered porch. Two overhead doors open to the double garage where bays 27’ deep easily accommodate larger vehicles like pick-up trucks and SUVs. Windows at the back of the garage lend natural light and a service door provides convenience. The flexible space attached to the garage can be used for a multitude of purposes. This small studio features a full bath and ample closet space. It could serve as a guest suite for weekend visitors providing privacy from the main home. For those who work from home or own their own small business, the flexible space could serve as an office allowing you to go to work and never actually leave home. Finally, crafters, artists and music enthusiasts might choose to finish the flex space as their own private studio for whatever hobby they prefer. Add functionality to your home and extra parking space too with this 2-car garage plan with flex space.

For more garages like this one, please view our collection of garage plans with flex space.

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