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Jul 28 2010

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Do Pre-Drawn Garage Plans Include an Electrical Layout?

Electrical WiringIt is common for potential garage owners to ask questions about the detached garage plans they are considering before purchasing them. Frequently, future garage owners and builders ask if pre-drawn garage plans, like those found at The Garage Plan Shop, include an electrical layout in the blueprints. In most cases, but not all, the construction drawings will include a simple electrical plan. It can often be found on the floor plan page(s) in the blueprints or on a separate sheet contained within the construction drawings.

According to sites like, In most instances, blueprints that do include a simple electrical plan will display suggested locations for fixtures, outlets and switches. However, a detailed wiring schematic showing exactly where to run the wiring will not be included in the simple electrical layout.

Because the electrical work in the new garage must meet local building and electrical codes, a qualified electrician will determine how and where to run the wiring in order to meet electrical codes and pass building inspections for the area where the garage is being built. Also, it is the job of an electrician to install the fixtures, outlets, switches and the electrical box in the proper locations as designated by the electrical codes in place for the municipality, city, county or township where the detached garage is being constructed. For electrical options and guidance visit Aardvark Electric`s official website.


For more information about what is included in a set of pre-drawn garage plans, please review The Garage Plan Shop’s FAQs.

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Jul 26 2010

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Learning the Basics about Garage Apartment Plans

035G-0002 Garage ApartmentTypically, garage apartment plans are detached garages with living quarters arranged on the upper level above the parking area. They usually provide parking bays for two or three cars on the main level with the second floor living space delivering anything from a studio apartment or “loft” style living space to two or more private bedrooms and baths combined with a dedicated living area, compact kitchen and sometimes even a dining area. Most garage apartment plans offer basic and modest amenities due to lack of space. For instance, a small closet may provide enough room for a stacked washer and dryer instead of separate appliances. Garage apartment plans usually have the outward appearance of a simple house with the exterior displaying a particular architectural style such as Craftsman or Traditional. A broad selection of rooflines and various garage door configurations lend character and charm while giving each design a look all its own. 


Garage apartment plans are designed with various widths and depths ensuring you’ll find the right one for your lot. Because there are so many sizes, it is easy to find a garage floor plan with the garage space you need for storing the family cars, an RV, a boat, a trailer or even lawn equipment.


Garage apartment plans are available with a variety of features. Interior elements in the living space might include a snack bar, fireplace or walk-in closet. Other special extras not in the finished living area could include interior stairs accessing the living quarters, a covered porch or deck, a drive-thru bay, a built-in workbench in the garage or extra storage space. If you need help installing a roof to your garage apartment, you may seek the services of Metal Roof Professionals. You may also contact an electrician to help you install the wiring and lighting fixtures.


There are many reasons why owners build with garage apartment plans. The living space makes a comfortable guest or in-law suite, works well for living quarters for the maid or nanny, provides privacy for your college student, offers comfortable accommodations for a weekend retreat, and is well suited for rental property and income. Furthermore, the garage apartment provides flexible living space that can be used for a home office, hobby room, entertainment space such as a home theater, or an art studio. Contact a local air conditioning repair contractor to install an hvac unit inside your garage apartment. This will provide a comfortable temperature in your additional living space. Even if your air conditioner is working just fine, it’s still important to test an ac capacitor every two years as part of regular AC maintenance to ensure it doesn’t fail in the midsummer heat. However, if an air conditioning compressor has a problem starting and shutting off, it can be a result of a bad capacitor, which may lead to replacing capacitor on ac unit. If this happens, contact an expert right away.


Some garage apartment plans are designed on one level with the garage on one side of the structure and the living quarters on the other. This type of layout is ideal for families who have an aging relative in their care. The relative can live independently safely and still be near enough to receive assistance from others with necessary. 


Garage apartment plans are the perfect solution to your additional parking and living space needs. Garage loft plans and  garage plans with flex space share some commonalities with these designs.


Take some time to browse the entire collection of garage apartment plans at The Garage Plan Shop.

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Jul 16 2010

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Simple Carport Plan for Auto Storage

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051G-0038 Carport PlanIf you are looking for an economical way to add extra sheltered parking to your residence, consider this carport plan. Its 21’x14’ design easily handles two standard sized vehicles. A vaulted ceiling and simple design add to the appeal of this handy carport plan. You’ll appreciate having an extra 294 square feet of sheltered parking for your growing family fleet.


View this carport plan for more details.


If you like The Garage Plan Shop’s carport plans, you might interested in our garage plans with carports as well.

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Jul 08 2010

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Featured Garage Plan with Boat Storage and Workshop

034G-0017 Garage Workshop PlanLooking for a stylish garage workshop plan to dress up your backyard? Do you need boat storage too? Take a look at this handsome one-car garage/boat storage garage with workshop. Decked with a visually pleasing exterior of sturdy columns, stone accents and shingle siding, this garage workshop plan delivers interesting and eye-catching curb appeal. The garage area offers 660 square feet of parking area well suited for an oversized vehicle or boat pleasing the family fisherman or water enthusiast. Behind the parking bay, a 340 square foot workshop is sure to satisfy woodworkers, gardeners and crafters. There is even room for a workbench or potting table. A half bath offers convenience and double doors on the side make it easy to move materials and supplies in and out of the workshop. Its 20’x53’ dimensions allow this long and lean garage plan with workshop to fit nicely on a narrow lot or narrow strip of property. As good looking as it is functional, you can add value to your property with this garage workshop plan with boat storage.


For more ideas and possibilities, please browse The Garage Plan Shop’s garage workshop plans and garage plans with boat storage.

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