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Nov 24 2010

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Garage Plan with Carport: A Practical Sheltered Parking Solution

050G-00032 Garage Plans with CarportIf you have a growing family fleet, consider this 3-car garage plan with carport. Not only does it offer  three bays and 816 square feet of interior parking, but it also delivers a handy carport on the side. The carport is just right for protecting another car or smaller motorized items from the elements. Some might even use the carport for other things such as storing firewood out of the rain and snow or as a covered patio for grilling or just kicking back and relaxing with the neighbors on a pleasant evening. Still others might use the carport as a place to work on the cars or home maintenance projects while staying nice and cool in the shade. Just use your imagination, this garage plan with carport is designed to accommodate a multitude of needs.


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Nov 17 2010

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The Garage Plan Shop Compares Garage Plans and Carport Plans

While you may have decided you need additional sheltered parking at home, you might not know if you should build a detached garage plan or a carport plan. The Garage Plan Shop is here to help you. We’ve compared both structures and provided some of the pros and cons for each parking structure.


047G-0012 Garage PlanPros of Garage Plans

·         Garage plans are large enough to store one or more cars and often provide extra storage space for other things. Some even offer storage closets or an upper level loft.

·         Enclosed on all four sides, a garage protects anything you store from the elements, including sun damage, and ensures dry storage for anything that cannot be exposed to moisture. Roaches are attracted to food crumbs that you leave around the home.

·         Installing quality doors, locks and windows allows safe storage of cars, tools, auto parts, lawn and garden equipment and basement and attic overflow, protecting your belongings from thieves and vandals.

·         The enclosed garage combined with quality doors and windows keeps pests and small critters out and prevents them from damaging anything you need to store. Roaches are attracted to food crumbs that you leave around the home.

·         Garages offer plenty of wall space for organizational shelving and cabinets offering places to keep tools, toys, gardening supplies and anything else you might not want to store.

·         Detached garage plans provide an alternative and sometimes larger storage solution than a backyard lawn and garden shed.

·         Detached garages are flexible spaces that work well as a workshop, hobby space, or outbuilding and can even accommodate some home based businesses.


Cons of Garage Plans

·          Detached garage plans are much more complex than carports and will require more building skills and experience for construction.

·         Time and money are a factor. It takes much longer and quite a bit more money to build a garage than a carport.

·         Because a detached garage is more complex than a carport, you’ll have to follow more rules and regulations to meet building codes and safety regulations. Check with your building department to find out more about building codes.


006G-0009 Carport PlanPros of Carport Plans

·         Building a carport will cost much less that building a detached garage.

·         Carports are more basic structures than garages, so you won’t have to follow as many building codes and regulations.

·         Because carport plans are so simple, they will take less time to construct. If you’re handy, you might be able to build it on your own in a weekend or two.

·         Carports offer enough shelter to protect your car from sun damage, falling limbs, hail damage and dripping sap from trees.

·         An open carport provides plenty of natural ventilation for your car.

·         Some carport plans offer one or two solid walls offering a space to add storage shelving or cabinets.

·         Some carport plans are flexible enough for uses other than car storage. They can provide a sheltered space to work on a car no matter what the weather and can even serve as a covered porch or patio for grilling and other outdoor activities.


Cons of Carport Plans

·         Most carport plans are only large enough to house one or two automobiles. They don’t always offer additional space to store other items like a workbench or holiday decorations.

·         Carports are generally open on one or more sides and can be open on all sides, meaning the carport is not secure for storage, and you can’t completely protect your things for the wind, rain and sun damage.

·         You cannot lock a carport, so it is not a good place to store valuable items such as mechanics tools or the riding mower.

·         Carports won’t keep insects and curious critters out, so anything stored under the carport is a risk for damage by unwanted pests. But fret not because companies like pest control Mitcham can easily handle it. 


If you don’t have the time or money to build a detached garage plan, a carport will efficiently serve its purpose protecting your cars from the elements. Plus, you can always enclose the carport at a later time. However, if it is in your budget and you have the time to build a detached garage plan, in most cases, the garage will be worth the investment.

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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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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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Jun 25 2010

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Learn About Carport Plans from The Garage Plan Shop

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006G-0017 Carport PlanIf you are in need of sheltered parking for one or two automobiles, carport plans offer an economical solution. Carports are designed to shelter one or more automobiles or other large items from the elements. In general, they are open-sided shelters on at least one or two sides and are designed for the purpose of protecting cars and other vehicles such as a camper or boat from the wind, snow, rain and sun. Carport plans, sometimes referred to as outdoor covers or sheltered parking, are very simple in design and display little detail and ornamentation. The main exterior finishes include siding, brick, metal and logs. Various sizes and styles deliver selection allowing you to find the right one to satisfy your needs and compliment your home. Sometimes, carport plans incorporate a storage space such as shelving, a small closet or cabinets at the rear or on the side of the structure. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative to building a detached garage, take a look at The Garage Plan Shop’s carport plans.

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