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Sep 21 2011

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What is Included in a Garage Plan? – The Garage Plan Shop

showimageAre you considering purchasing a garage plan from The Garage Plan Shop? Often our customers want to know what is included in our garage blueprints before they purchase plans. Below is a listing of the elements typically included in the pre-drawn garage plans we published:


  1. Cover sheet
  2. Foundation Plan
  3. Floor Plan(s)
  4. Exterior Elevations
  5. Interior Elevations
  6. Sections
  7. Details 
  8. Simple Plumbing
  9. Basic Electric


For a detailed description of each element listed here plan review our FAQs.


Note: Not all stock garage plans incorporate every element listed here. Blueprint pages vary by designer.

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Aug 31 2011

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Choosing the Best Garage Plan for Your Needs – The Garage Plan Shop

Garage Plan 010G-0004When it comes to building a detached garage plan, choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. With hundreds of designs available online, how do you know which one will be best for you? The Garage Plan Shop has a few tips to help you begin your search for the right garage blueprint and then narrow down your choices to find exactly the right one.


    1. Know what you are looking for and consider what type of garage you need. What is your lot size? What how many bays do you need? What do you plan to store/park inside? Do you need extra storage space?
    1. Use the search tool on the website to narrow the selection based on the maximum width and depth of your lot or property to find only those plans that will fit in the allotted space.
    1. From these results, eliminate the plans you don’t want. If you are only looking for a 2-car garage, eliminate everything else with more or less bays.
    1. Now check the elevations of the remaining plans. Try to picture each garage on your property and how it will look with your house or any other surrounding buildings. Eliminate any designs that do not have the “look” you desire.
    1. Now review the floor plans and pay attention to traditional elements like the overhead door arrangements and special features. Does it matter to you if you have one large overhead door or do you prefer two smaller ones? Would it be helpful to have a half bath, workbench or storage closet in the garage. Consider the pros and cons of the features each remaining garage plan offers. Eliminate any that don’t get your attention.
  1. With the few remaining garage plans, determine which garage plan has the right look, roofing style, and features that will best accommodate your needs and select the one you like most.


With these handy tips you’ll be on your way to selecting the garage plan that will best satisfy your needs.

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Jun 08 2011

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The Garage Plan Shop – 3 Important Things to Think About Before Building a Garage

Garage Plan 050G-0036If you are considering building a detached garage plan, there are a few things to consider before you begin. Taking the time to work out the details before construction begins will ensure a smooth building process and result in a useful and sturdy and durable garage. Review the list below. Think about each item mentioned and have a plan about how you will address each of these important aspects of the garage building process. Being prepared and developing a plan is a necessary part of a successful building project.


    1. Obtain a building permit. Many cities, counties and municipalities require a building permit for new construction. Check with your building department or building official to find out if you need to obtain a building permit and what the necessary requirements and fees are to do so. Often people build a new garage or backyard shed only to discover they should have obtained a building permit first. In some instances, the owner is forced to tear down the new structure or pay a fine. Such hassles and expenses can be avoided if you check with the proper building authorities ahead of time and obtain the correct paperwork or documents.
    1. Next consider where you are going to build your detached garage. Have your property checked for underground utilities to make sure you won’t be digging up or damaging any utility lines during construction. Also make sure your garage is located within property set-backs and easements and the structure is truly going to be positioned on property you own. Finally, make sure you are building on solid ground in an area where water does not pool after a hard rain.
  1. Purchase quality blueprints. Even if you consider yourself a top-notch, do-it-yourselfer, a professional set of garage blueprints will be necessary. Good garage plans will guide you on every aspect of garage construction without taking the risk of making a mistake during construction. Garage blueprints like those offered at The Garage Plan Shop are drawn to national building codes and reflect all of the necessary information for a qualified builder to construct the garage from the ground up. Not only do garage blueprints contain elevations, a foundation plan and framing information for construction, but they also serve as a handy tool for obtaining bids and estimates for materials and labor. A great way to speed up the whole construction process of your garage is by purchasing Metal Building Packages. In addition, you may consider adding a metal roofing system so it matches your garage’s style. You may hire a roof services contractor to install or build the roof of your new garage.

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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 imprinted concrete driveway with the help of Colored Concrete Patio Pavers 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. If your home has shingle roofs, you may want the same roofing style and material for your garage.

·         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 01 2010

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Building a Detached Garage: The Importance of Garage Plans

006G-0089 Garage PlanSometimes when homeowners and land owners decide to build a new detached garage on their property, they question the importance of buying garage plans. Some believe it is an unnecessary expense in the construction process and may try to build their garage from the simple floor plans found in magazines and project plan books or on a garage plan websites. However, the truth of the matter is stock garage plans are a vital part of the garage building process. It is important and necessary to purchase garage blueprints before construction begins. Below is a list of reasons why a new garage owner or a builder should purchase garage blueprints when building a garage.


    • Purchasing construction drawings gives the garage owner permission from the designer or architect to build the original copyrighted design without breaking copyright laws. It grants the owner legal permission to build the detached garage.
    • A set of garage blueprints in the most complete resource you and the builder will have for the entire building project.
    • Garage plans outline the garage’s complete structure from the foundation and wall framing to the roof framing, exterior finish and trim and interior layout.
    • The blueprints clearly define and illustrate what the owner expects the finished garage to look like when construction is complete.
    • Garage plans outline and describe the design you are building before construction begins providing a complete overall concept of the entire building project.
    • Garage blueprints are a necessary and useful tool in preparing the site or lot, planning the interior space, generating a building schedule or timeline and setting a budget.
    • Blueprints map the boundaries for every room or space within the structure, indicate square footage of the garage and any finished spaces, and depict major elements on the floor plan such as finished rooms, bathrooms/half baths, doorways, windows and stairs when required. If you also want to utilize water treatment systems for your home from the fleck dealers, you should also take note of important details such as the Filtersmart shipping and returns policy, for example. If you have an old heating unit you want to install in your garage, you may first have it inspected or serviced by a heater repair technician.
    • Garage plans depict changes in elevations. Interior elevations may reflect a staircase to an upper floor loft or studio apartment. Exterior elevations will depict how the garage will sit on the lot relative to the grade of the land such as a garage designed for a sloping lot or a drive-under garage.
    • Floor plans provide a “map” and call attention to consideration for any special elements such as a covered porch, bathroom, living quarters or an attached carport.
    • Because designers of pre-drawn garage plans create floor plans with many of today’s most requested features in mind, they are a smart and less expensive alternative to drawing a custom garage plan from scratch. These plans provide most of the features you are looking for at a fraction of the cost.
  • Various pre-drawn blueprint packages (CAD files and reproducible masters) come with a copyright release allowing the owner to work with a professional designer or qualified builder to make changes to the original copyrighted plan, further accommodating specific needs. To get a better visualization of the design, you may use a sketchup rendering plugin.


If you are considering building a new garage, take some time to review the importance of purchasing garage plans. For further information about buying garage plans and blueprints, take some time to review all the helpful information in The Garage Plan Shop’s resource section.

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