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Mar 27 2013

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Versatile and Flexible Outbuilding Plans – The Garage Plan Shop

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Outbuilding Plan 006B-0001Many think of an outbuilding plan as a storage shed, but they have so much more to offer! Outbuilding plans are versatile and flexible structures that can accommodate a broad range of needs. Because they are available and in a variety of sizes and styles, it is more likely there will be one to satisfy a particular need. Below is a list of some of the things outbuilding plans are used for:

 

·         Farm storage – Use as a shed for protecting farm equipment and machinery from the elements such as tractors, combines, wagons, and more.

·         Mechanic’s auto lift – Ideal for mechanics who need an auto lift some outbuildings offers tall ceilings that will accommodate the height of an auto lift making it easy for mechanics to work on cars indoors.

·          Home base for a small business – Small businesses such as landscaping businesses, tree trimming services and handyman businesses might find an outbuilding plan provides enough room to store supplies, tools and the company vehicle.

·         Workshop – DIYers use outbuildings as their workshops. An outbuilding provides a place store supplies and tools while providing plenty of space to work on projects without having to clean up until the project is complete.

·         Machinery storage – Businesses and individuals who own lots of machinery might find an outbuilding handy for storage making the machinery easy to access without a lot of hassle.

·         Hobby area – From woodworking and welding to restoring old cars and everything in between, some outbuildings make a great hobby area proving room to work and a place to store supplies, tools, equipment, etc.

·         General Storage – For those who own a lot of “stuff,” an outbuilding is a functional and valuable addition to any piece of property. When used for general storage outbuildings can handle anything from the family cars, a boat, ATVs and motorcycles to neatly storing patio furniture through the winter and lifejackets and fishing poles when you’re not on the lake. They offer a place to store anything that you don’t have room for in your garage, basement or attic and sometime provide a good place to keep dangerous tools and hazardous chemicals out of reach from children.

 

Take some time to browse our outbuilding plan collection to find one that will satisfy your needs.

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Apr 27 2011

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7 Tips for Building a Garden Shed – The Garage Plan Shop

Shed Plan 050S-0006If you have a green thumb and enjoy gardening, whether you prefer vegetables or flowers, like many gardening enthusiasts, you will benefit from building a garden shed in your backyard. They are perfect for storing lawn and garden tools and supplies as well as seeds, bulbs, pots and more. Below are six tips to help you get started building a convenient and practical backyard shed:

 

  1. Decide how you plan to use the garden shed. Will you only use it to store items like the lawn mower, leaf blower, DIY tools and the sprinklers and hoses during the off season? Do you need extra space to store other seasonal items like patio furniture during the winter? Will you use the garden shed for planting and potting plants? Sorting seeds and bulbs? Do you simply want a quite retreat where you can go to get away from it all and enjoy your hobby from time to time?
  2. Determine the size of the shed you’d like to build. If you have a small lot or space, your lot may dictate the size of the garden shed. But, if space is not an issue, knowing how you plan to use the shed as decided above, will help you determine what size garden shed you will need. Keep in mind some garden shed plans are available with a loft providing extra overhead storage, ideal for a restricted lot. If you have plenty of room and you’re not on a tight budget, you might consider building your garden shed a bit larger than your needs actually require. Extra room is always appreciated, and you never heard of anyone complaining they built too big a shed, have you?
  3. How often will you use your garden shed? If you plan to spend long stretches of time in the shed on a regular basis, you might want a few amenities like windows or lighting, a planting bench or work surface, and a utility sink. Likewise, if you plan to charge batteries for DIY tools or plug-in other electrical items, you’ll have plan for electrical outlets.
  4. What kind of access will you need? Depending on how you plan to use the garden shed will influence the door size and style you choose. Do you need a single service door, a double door entry or an overhead garage door?
  5. Consider your budget. If you have a tight budget, make sure you stick to it. Look for deals on lumber and other building materials to keep from overspending. If there is no wiggle room in your budget, you might have to sacrifice some of the special features you were originally hoping for, like the utility sink, to keep from going over budget. 
  6. Research local building codes. Before buying a garden shed plan find out if you’ll need to get building permits. Ask your local building department what other building codes you must follow. Some municipalities have height and size restrictions. Other areas must follow building codes based on local weather and climate conditions. Doing a little research ahead of time may eliminate some headaches when you are ready to start building.
  7. Choose a garden shed plan in the size that accommodates your needs, local requirements and budget. Also, find a style that blends nicely with your home and other surrounding homes, especially if you live in a neighborhood.

 

If you are considering building a backyard garden shed, these helpful tips will help you get started on your project.

 

If you’d like to view the types of garden shed plans available, please visit The Garage Plan Shop and browse our collection.

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Mar 23 2011

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The Garage Plan Shop – Featured Outbuilding Plan for Farm Storage

Outbuilding Plan 012B-0007Do 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.

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Mar 11 2011

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Shed Plans and Backyard Storage Sheds – The Garage Plan Shop

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Shed Plan 028S-0002In today’s world, many home owners find they are always in need of extra space. Simply stated, home owners have more things than they know what to do with and can’t seem to find a place to store everything. Just the thought of trying to store everything can seem exhausting in some cases. If this sounds familiar, take some time to browse storage shed plans like those found at The Garage Plan Shop. They are a wonderful, outdoor storage solution.

 

Shed plans can be used to store nearly everything from bikes and backyard toys to hunting gear, lawn and garden equipment and even a mechanic’s tools. If it doesn’t belong in your home and there isn’t enough room in the garage, consider storing all those extra things in a backyard storage shed.

 

Building a backyard storage shed is no easy task, especially if you don’t have all the knowledge and skills required for the project. However, those who are skilled builders and those who can enlist the help of someone with the right knowledge and skills will be rewarded for their efforts. They will have a sense of accomplishment and have peace of mind knowing their storage shed is a durable structure that is sure to last a long time as opposed to prefabricated models that may have been damaged when shipped to the lawn and garden or home improvement store.

 

Building with shed plans from The Garage Plan Shop will produce a wonderful backyard storage shed that will satisfy all of your backyard storage needs. Everything from the lawn mower and leaf blower to the kids’ soccer balls will have a place of their own. No more cluttered garage. No more wasting time looking for tools and equipment. With a backyard storage shed plan, everything will be easy to find when stored in your newly built shed.

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Jan 12 2011

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Solve your Storage Problems, Build with Shed Plans

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050S-0002 Shed PlanIt happens all the time. People who live in a house or own their own home get to a point where there just isn’t enough storage space for all their stuff. When the closets and garage are filled to capacity and the basement and attic are overflowing, it is time to take action. “What kind of action?” you ask. Build a backyard storage shed. There is a wide variety of shed plans available featuring various sizes, styles and rooflines. They work great for a multitude of storage needs, fit well in backyards and on small pieces of property, and keep your things dry, safe and secure. With a good set of shed plans and the right tools and materials, a storage shed can usually be built in just a couple of weekends. Furthermore, many of them feature an economical design that won’t break the bank.

 

So what can a backyard storage shed do for you?

 

·         Add value, efficiency and practicality to your home

·         Provide a storage space for lawn mowers and other lawn and garden tools and supplies

·         Offer a secure place to store power tools and other items that may be harmful to children

·         Serve as seasonal storage for holiday décor

·         Provide room to store furniture for outdoor living areas throughout the winter months

·         Deliver storage space for pool toys, chemicals and supplies during the cold season

·         Work well as a craft or hobby room

·         Offer a great place for a workshop for crafters, tinkers and the family handyman

·         Provide storage space for mechanic’s tools and auto parts

·         Serve as storage for the kids’ bikes, skate boards and other outdoor toys and sporting equipment

·         Work well as a gardening or potting shed

·         Help free up space in the garage so you can actually park the car inside

 

These are just a few of the things you can do with storage shed plans. The Garage Plan Shop recommends building a shed plan in your backyard to add functionality to your home and property right away, not to mention storage space.

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