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Old 04-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a good resource for garage blue prints/plans? Are there better sources than just library books? Not sure where to go here...thanks!

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Google garage plans thousands come up. Lowes has lots of garage plan books.

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Depends on where you are and what you want to do and what the local regulations are in your area. (it helps to have your location in your profile.)

Some cities will give you a permit based on a sketch on a piece of paper....others want real drawings.

If you want to get some good info on Garages...check out
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That is all they do over there.....
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Your local independent lumberyard more than likely has some mockups that you can look at, to determine how purely functional or extravagant you wish to go, as well as plans. If you do a simple comparison, their prices may be slightly higher than the local big box, which they could very well be, but you may also find that there are differences in what they consider basic doors, windows, etc. While you are looking at plans, keep in mind that this is the time to decide what kind of storage you want, if any, overhead; many times, the assumption is made that there is "all that space up there", but because standard trusses were used, adequate support is not provided.
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Does anyone have a good resource for garage blue prints/plans? Are there better sources than just library books? Not sure where to go here...thanks!
If the book from a Library has plans in it, or it is on Building garages, you pretty much are going to find the same. It is what you want inside the garage, that maybe you are looking for. Storage, work area, etc. That would be up to you, since plans are not always a one fits all.
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What are you building? A new free standing detached residential garage? Renovating an existing garage? Will it be used for parking/storage/workshop?
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What are you building? A new free standing detached residential garage? Renovating an existing garage? Will it be used for parking/storage/workshop?
Residential two car detached. Removing a one car and replacing it with a two car 20x24 or something similar (not smaller). Nothing fancy, just need plans. I went to Lowes today and they had ONE book on garage plans. You buy the book for 35 bucks and inside you see a nice picture of a garage and then send away for plans for another 35 bucks or so.
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Residential two car (and a half plus yard tool shed) detached. Removing a one car and replacing it with a two car 20x24 or something similar (not smaller).
Overhead doors don't need to be wider than 8 feet...
but almost no one allows for enough aisle space at the car doors and between the cars and the inevitable junk accumulation space too.

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Better off going with a 2 1/2 bay with a third "shed garage next to it for storage of lawn equipment and the such. My BIL has a three car and on the end, a shop area attached to it, that is now being used for storage. What is your total budget for this project right now? That can help in suggesting what you may be able to afford in how big you can go.
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Better off going with a 2 1/2 bay with a third "shed garage next to it for storage of lawn equipment and the such. My BIL has a three car and on the end, a shop area attached to it, that is now being used for storage. What is your total budget for this project right now? That can help in suggesting what you may be able to afford in how big you can go.
My yard is only 50ft wide but very deep with a ravine and I don't want to go too wide or it'll hinder the view. My budget is about 17K.
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My yard is only 50ft wide but very deep with a ravine and I don't want to go too wide or it'll hinder the view. My budget is about 17K.
17K? GFL.

I would suggest clicking on the link in my sig..the one that says "Garage Build".....I did ALL the work (except foundation and stucco) and total cost was around $30K

And because mine is 2-story is not the main reason for the costs....at most, the 2nd story added maybe $2K in material.....labor was free....
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17K? GFL.

I would suggest clicking on the link in my sig..the one that says "Garage Build".....I did ALL the work (except foundation and stucco) and total cost was around $30K

And because mine is 2-story is not the main reason for the costs....at most, the 2nd story added maybe $2K in material.....labor was free....
17K in S. California isn't 17K in Ohio let me tell you. The last quote I had was 23K. I think I can do better if I partially build it myself with a set of plans. I'll have to contract out the footer and all concrete work...and removal of concrete. I can do the demolition (minus concrete) for $250.

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