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Sep 29 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop – Know the Facts About Smoke Alarms and Home Fires

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House FireFire Prevention Week is next week, October 3-9, 2010. In an effort to raise awareness about home fires and fire safety, The Garage Plan Shop wants to share this list of facts about home fires and smoke alarms. The information was reported by the National Fire Prevention Association.


·         Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire by 50%.

·         Approximately 75% of all homes in the United States have at least one working smoke alarm.

·         In just three years (2003-2006), two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes that did not have a smoke alarm or did not have a working smoke alarm.

·         The results from a 2008 telephone survey reported, only 12% of participants knew smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

·         In home fires large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated properly over 90% of the time, while battery operated alarms only operated properly 75% of the time.

·         Cooking is the # 1 cause of house fires and injuries.

·         Nearly 3000 people die in the US every year in home fires.

·         Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.

·         Heating is the second leading cause of house fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.

·         Electrical malfunctions and failures are factors in nearly 50,000 reported fires every year.

·         In 2008, someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.

·         In 2008, approximately eight people died in home fires every day.

·         In 2008, a fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.

·         In 2008, 83% of all fire deaths and 79% of fire injuries resulted from home fires.


These facts about home fires and smoke alarms are alarming. Don’t wait any longer! Now is the time to practice fire safety and fire prevention at home. Look for our upcoming blog filled with information you can use to protect yourself, your family and your home form a potential house fire.

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Sep 22 2010

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Functional Garage Plans with Carports from The Garage Plan Shop

050G-0030 Garage with CarportSome may argue that a garage provides the best shelter and convenience for parking the family cars. Others may be partial to carports due to their easy access and the multiple uses they provide. But what if you could have both? Garage plans with carports provide the solid structure many look for when it comes to protecting automobiles from the elements while providing a flexible, partially enclosed space that serves a variety of needs. The Garage Plan Shop, offers an ever growing collection of these garage floor plans.


Garage plans with carports are detached garages with an attached carport. In most cases, they offer one to three garage bays and at least one semi-enclosed stall for the carport area. While the garage works well for car storage, a workshop/hobby space or storage for lawn and garden equipment, the carport is ideal for storing a boat, trailer or other equipment. It is well suited for storing and parking other bulky/large items that may not belong in a garage or barn, but need to be protected from rain, sun, ice, snow and wind. In some cases, owners prefer to use the carport as a covered patio or porch, perfect for grilling and outdoor meals. Some like using the carport to work on automobiles or home repair projects, especially if a workshop is not available. The carport provides a covered place to work regardless of the weather. On large pieces of property such as a ranch or farm, garage plans with carports offer plenty of storage space for equipment and are sometimes an alternative solution to pole barns and outbuildings.


Garage plans with carports are available in an array of sizes and styles. A variety of garage door combinations, positioning of the carport, the number of bays or stalls, the roofline and exterior finish all contribute to the individual look and character of each design. Take some time to browse The Garage Plan Shop’s collection of garage plans with carports to find the right one to suit your needs.

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Sep 15 2010

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Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, 4th Edition Released

The National Association of Home Builders released the fourth edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines last week. This important reference is the most widely used reference in the building industry. This fully updated and revised version provides detailed information regarding how new homes should perform and helps builders and remodelers manage customer expectations while delivering high-performance homes.


The 4th edition is available in a consumer version and a contractor version.


The consumer’s version:

  • Helps homeowners understand the basics of a properly constructed home
  • Helps homeowners understand how a new home should perform during the warranty period


The contractor’s version of the fourth edition features:

·         New guidelines addressing efflorescence, deflection and water penetration

·         A collection of almost 300 guidelines in 12 major construction categories

·         Remodeling-specific guidelines

·         Tips for taking critical measurements

·         Language for writing/preparing contracts

·         A glossary


Find out more about the newest edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines.

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Sep 15 2010

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Should You Build a Garage? Getting Started – The Garage Plan Shop

034G-0002 Garage PlanAre you tired of scraping snow, ice and frost from your windows? Would you like to protect your car(s) from Mother Nature’s fury and possible theft? Could you use a little extra storage space? A workshop? Or both? It might be time to build a detached garage. Detached garage plans are available in a multitude of sizes and styles. Furthermore, some floor plans provide special features such as full or half baths, an upstairs storage loft or even finished living space. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be thrilled to find out how your property value will increase when you build such a handy and practical addition to your home or property.


Before you start making all kinds of decisions about the type of garage you’d like to build, take some time to check with the local building department. Find out if you are allowed to build a garage on your property. Learn about your building codes and other requirements before you begin. Ask about obtaining necessary building permits, etc. After you’ve done a little legwork, it will be time to start making decisions. Below is a list of items you should consider that will help you get started with your building project.


·         Determine the purpose of the garage.

·         Consider space requirements, easements and setbacks to determine what size garage you can build.

·         Decide how many vehicles you wish to accommodate.

·         Determine from which side you will access the garage and if you need to extend/expand your driveway to allow access to the new structure.

·         Determine if you need a garage with extra deep bays to accommodate oversized vehicles, boat storage, a workbench or storage of lawn and garden equipment or mechanic’s tools.

·         Decide if you will have upper level storage or finished space and how to access it.

·         Consider your requirements for potential finished space such as a bathroom, home office, recreation room or living quarters.

·         Select an architectural style that blends nicely with your home.

·         Choose building materials consistent with the exterior finish, trim and styling of your house that meet or exceed local building standards.

·         Determine what size garage door(s) you need and select a style to match your home and the exterior of the garage.

·         Decide if you would like to add one or more service doors and where you would like them to be located. Consider the number and placement of windows.

·         Select a garage door opener suitable for the garage doors you chose.

·         Determine what electrical fixtures, outlets and switches you’ll need, including indoor and outdoor lighting.

·         Consider electrical wiring needs you may have inside the garage such as charging power tools or adding an extra refrigerator in the garage.

·         Decide if you want the space heated and cooled.



Browse detached garage plans at The Garage Plan Shop.

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Sep 10 2010

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Is your Garage the Ultimate Man Cave? – The Garage Plan Shop

We are hearing the term used more and more….”man cave”.


“Just what is a man cave?” you ask. It is a designated area of the home such as the garage, a workshop, a room in the basement, or a bonus room, where a guy can go to be alone or socialize with friends without disturbing the rest of the house.


Man caves are used for a variety of activities from plain ole relaxing to holding poker parties with buddies and having a cold one with friends while watching the big game. Big TVs, state-of-the-art sound systems, comfortable seating, wet bars and refrigerators are often part of the man cave set-up. These spaces can be decorated (or cluttered up depending on how you look at it) with anything from sports memorabilia and Star Trek posters to tools, scrap lumber, auto parts and beer cans. Now that it’s football season, there is no doubt some men will be spending extra time in the their man caves with the guys.

Do you have a man cave? Wouldn’t it be great if you did? A detached garage plan, such as a garage loft plan, would be perfect for a man cave. You’ll have additional parking and storage on the main level,  while the loft can easily be finished to accommodate your man cave! Take some time to out photos and a video of some of St. Louis’s ultimate man caves to get some ideas.

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