We used to think going green was a trend, but it has become our way of life. We are expected to make green choices in everything we do from recycling our newspaper and properly disposing of hazardous chemicals to conserving energy and building with green materials. There are many things we can do around the house to live more green, and your garage or utility building are no exception. If you are planning to build a new detached garage plan, shed or outbuilding plan, there are some things you can do to green your new structure. Here are a few suggestions from The Garage Plan Shop:
· Use metal when possible. If you have an opportunity to use metal standing seam roofing or even metal cladding you are making a green choice. Metal construction does not require the use of harmful chemicals and wood treatments used in the lumber of traditional wood construction, and it is 100% recyclable should you no longer need your garage, shed or outbuilding.
· Install windows in your garage for natural lighting. Using natural lighting whenever possible cuts back on energy consumption. If you plan to spend a lot of time inside your garage, you can reduce energy bills by installing large windows and perhaps skylights.
· Incorporate earth-friendly lighting. The exterior of your garage, shed or outbuilding can be lit with the use of solar lights. Use LED bulbs in interior and exterior light fixtures. Consider using motion sensor lights that turn on when you pull in your driveway or walk on the sidewalk saving energy and money. These fixtures will light the way until they no longer detect your motion and will turn off automatically. You won’t have to remember to flip the switch.
· If your garage is near your home or attached to the home, do not store flammable chemicals inside, such as a gasoline and oil containers or paint cans. Store them away from the house is a small, locked utility shed that has good ventilation.
These simple ideas will help you build an earth-friendly garage, shed or outbuilding plan.
When building a detached garage plan, shed, outbuilding, barn or carport, The Garage Plan Shop recommends planning ahead when it comes to electrical wiring. All of the above mentioned structures are flexible and can be used for of a variety of purposes, so the first thing you need to think about is how you will use the structure. Will you use your garage or carport just for parking cars? Will you need lighting in your garden shed? Do you plan to use power tools in your outbuilding? Knowing how you plan to use your new addition will help you plan for electricity.
Begin by hiring a licensed electrician to help you. Let this professional review your garage blueprints to get a better understanding of the completed structure. With your electrician, come up with an electrical plan to accommodate your needs. This will keep you from over-wiring your structure and spending more than you need or electrical outlets, switches and fixtures. Your pre-determined electrical plan will also ensure that you have everything you need to use your new garage, carport or outbuilding the way you wish. Furthermore, it is better and less expensive to install electrical wiring during construction than it is to go back and retrofit the building for additional electrical needs at a later date.
When it comes to using power in your barn, outbuilding, shed, garage or carport, there are six main categories to consider:
- Heating and cooling
- Garage doors and garage door openers
- Special accessories (refrigerator, TV, radio)
- Charging station for an electric vehicle
Talk with your electrician and determine what types of outlets and fixtures you’ll need to accommodate your specific needs. Consider amps and voltage. Read packaging and labels to determine what each of the above items will require. Have the electrician install outlets, fixtures, switches, circuit breakers and the electrical panel accordingly to accommodate all of your needs.
Anticipating your electrical needs for your new utilitarian structure will ensure you new outbuilding, garage or shed plan will accommodate all of your needs while paying the best price by installing wiring during the construction phase instead of after the building is finished.
Do you own a farm, a ranch or another large piece of property? Do you have a need for an equipment or machine shed? This barn-styled outbuilding plan might be just what you are looking for. Its classic styling allows it to blend nicely with other equipment buildings and sheds. Or perhaps you are a mechanic looking for a place to work on cars and store tools and auto parts or protect a favorite restored vehicle. This outbuilding design can accommodate you, too. This interior delivers 1728 square feet of sheltered space, ideal for parking cars, tractors, wagons, and other heavy equipment or storing tools. Two tack rooms provide separated storage from the main area and the workshop space is perfect for working on all sorts of projects. You’ll appreciate the convenience of the overhead garage door and three service doors. Pay attention to the 672 square foot, outdoor storage area. Flexible enough to handle many different tasks and satisfy many different needs, this outbuilding plan with workshop will enhance any piece or property. For more outbuilding plans like this one, please browse our entire collection. If you are looking for smaller designs, check out our collection of shed plans.
If you’re looking to add an outbuilding to your farm, ranch or other piece of property, take a look at this pole barn. Versatile and flexible, this design accommodates a wide range of needs. Sliding doors allow easy storage of large and small vehicles of all kinds. Multiple sizes ensure storage of everything from the family vehicles to a boat and trailer, a wagon, farm machinery and equipment, and much more. The possibilities are endless. This outbuilding plan is available in the following sizes:
Furthermore, the blueprints include designs for optional 8’, 10’ and 12’ walls increasing flexibility and usability. Wall framing consists of 6”x6” posts and 2”x6” side girts. Ideal for a mechanic’s garage, a workshop, storage shed or equipment garage, this outbuilding plan is well suited for many different sized lots and delivers the versatility you’re looking for in a pole barn.
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Outbuilding plans are freestanding structures designed to accommodate a broad range of needs and satisfy many different uses. This collection of floor plans includes storage sheds, workshops, machine and equipment sheds, barns and stables. Typically, they can be one or two levels and range in style and size. Large outbuildings are commonly built on farms, ranches and other big tracts of land for storage of machines and other equipment that could be used on a farm such as a tractor. Smaller designs like sheds and workshops are often used for hobbies and storage of smaller items like lawn and gardening equipment. Stables and barns offer features necessary for taking care of horses and other livestock such as stalls, feeding areas and tack rooms. No matter the type of outbuilding, all floor plans are outfitted with the types of doors and entries necessary to accommodate the function or particular use each plan was designed for such as overhead garage doors, sliding doors and service entries. Some outbuildings incorporate thoughtful extras like a full or half bath, loft, or living quarters for farm hands. Take some time to browse the outbuilding plans and other garages found at The Garage Plan Shop.