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The Different Kinds of Home Garages

Are you thinking about building a garage for your home? Designing a garage isn’t an easy task. It is a lot more than a single square block of space. There are many styles of garages for homes today. Your home garage is an extension of your house and your identity. While it serves its intended purpose of storing your vehicle, different garage types are vastly different to each other. If you go to a design company and ask for Read More...

Is Engineer Stamp Required For Garage Plans?

This is a great question about garage plans and it comes up often. The answer is, probably not, but maybe. It depends on where you build, what the local design parameters are and what kind of plans you use for the project. WHY ARE ENGINEER STAMPED GARAGE PLANS SOMETIMES REQUIRED? - In most locations plans do not require an engineer or architect's stamp. However, there are reasons why they would elevate their requirements to requiring professional certification. They are: if Read More...

Garage Plans And Architectural Style

Garages are usually built by or for homeowners as building accessories to their current home. Over the many eras of home building, many houses were built fairly basic with no particular architectural style. The same is true for garage plans and garages built. The plain designs were typical and blended well with houses. However, if you have a home of the Victorian era, for example, the available stock plans for garages were quite limited. You would have had to Read More...

Building Codes for Garage Plans

Building Codes were developed as standards of building construction including safety, construction quality and functionality for all users of built facilities. Nearly all jurisdictions in every state have adopted a building code of some type. In most cases, the International-Residential-Code (IRC) is the basis of each state's building code. Florida is the exception and has developed its own code. Garage plans of professional quality comply with the current building codes. Construction drawings are usually required for even small, garage-sized Read More...

Garage Building Cost

Rough Estimate The Cost Of Building A Garage: A basic method of estimating your cost for building the detached garage would be to apply an average cost per sq. ft. of new construction of $35 to $45. This would be an average basic cost to have a builder/contractor construct a one story garage on your own property. For locations with above average typical building costs, the range would be around $45 - $55. If your building site involves complications, such as Read More...

Choosing a Building Location for Garage Plans

If you have selected garage plans before planning the property or lot you may have acted too quickly. There are usually many limitations on development. Your property is defined by category of zoning by your local planning (or zoning) office. Each category has limitations and controls which affect the development of your property. Where structures can be built, their size and height, their use (defined as a type of occupancy) are established for your zone's parameters. This information is Read More...

Workshop Style Garage Plans

Finding ideal or even adequate workshop space in an existing home can be difficult. In most cases, homeowners choose to build a new, detached garage structure. Luckily, there are many workshop style garage plans available today. This style of garage has certain aspects which support use as workshop space: Ceiling Height - Detached garage structures usually have 8 to 9 feet ceiling heights. Even 10 feet is the IRC limit for framing wall bearing-height. Greater than 8 feet is ideal Read More...

Colonial Style Garage Plans

The Colonial Era, 18th Century housing was built with local raw materials, skilled craftsman and products made in and imported from Europe. Several of our garage plans were inspired by those beautiful structures. Building and finishing materials of greatest quality and refinement were imported from European sources, as well as primitive, small panes of glass. The small glass units were placed between the muntons which organized into a rectangular or square window composition. Openable window sashes were necessary for Read More...

Apartment Garage Plans Considerations

In your searching for garage plans, have you ever considered building a combination of garage with dwelling space beside or above the garage? There are a lot of such plans on the internet market today - all shapes, all sizes. Before you actually purchase your plans these considerations may be helpful: 1. Do you have enough area on your property to build and accessory structure? The Planning or Zoning Department for your location is at either city or county level government. Read More...

Garage Plans With Attics

If you look at a few garage plans you will likely see there is space within the roof structure, identified as 'attic'. Attic space is the void between the typical horizontal ceiling joists and below the sloped rafters. Its size and height can vary from small to room size suited for walking around within. Attics do not typically have permanent stairway access. Rather, they are accessed with pull-down folding ladders designed for just that purpose. Some larger attics would Read More...