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by Jay Behm - With many years of design development and time tested plansets you will find a wide range of styles and sizes available in this garage plans collection. Lots of garage designs are based on customer suggestions as to what they are looking for in their own Garage. You can narrow your selection by browsing through categories of style, configuration and styles. If you have any questions just call Jay Behm at 1-800-210-6776
Thank you for visiting! Garage Plans by Behm Design are available only from Behm Design, on the internet since 1997. (This is not a brokerage site selling plans made by a wide range of designers and drafters - there are no middle men, no marked up pricing) All plans are designed and drawn by professionally trained, architectural degreed designer with over 20 years of building design experiences, with built examples all over the US and Canada - and plansets are sent directly to you. Our plans are IRC (International Residential Code) building code compliant and guaranteed usable for building permit in most locations or your money back - usable in most of the US because they are compliant as Conventional Light Frame Construction. Our garage design parameters are set to cover most areas of the US and Canada. Materials lists are included to save your time and money and are available free before you buy the plans so you can estimate your garage project costs. We also include foundation plans and details which are often left out of ordinary stock plans. We offer many original garage plan categories including Colonial, Craftsman, Economy, Heavy Duty, in one story,two story,one, two, three and four car. Garage plan with apartment combinations and storage or attic garage designs are available as well. Browse through our many garage plan categories and huge selection to find design solution matching your wants and needs. Please call direct line to Jay Behm if you have questions: 1-800-210-6776. Order today for earliest delivery...Also, our plans are now available as PDF instant downloads so you can see your complete planset immediately on your computer screen and save the files to a flash drive,disc, or hard drive and/or email the files to have your garage plans printed locally to save time.
Q & A and C From A Few Customers' Emails: Q: Hello.We are interested in purchasing one of your garage plans however we are wondering if they can be ordered with different dimensions (same design). The site indicates 22' x 26' however we would want them to be modified to 24' x 30'. Is this an option or do the plans need to be purchased as is? And if they can be modified what would the cost be? Please advise. Thanks, L.P.
A: I'm sorry, I don't offer custom garage plans or modifications - just the stock plans as shown. But I do have a 24' wide hipped roof plan: http://www.behmdesign.com/garage-plans-576-6-24x24.aspx This plan has an alternate depth dimension notation on the floor plan dimensioning. There's a blank to write-in a different depth dimension. That conveys to all concerned that you'll be building to that dimension but the drawing is not modified. The materials list could be revised by your supplier. This is usually acceptable to building inspectors and building dept. but I would recommend checking with them before buying plans, just to be certain. Also, plans are returnable for full refund if you cannot use them..... Thank you.... Jay
F: Thanks for the quick response. This is very helpful and may work. I will have to check to see if the Heritage Committee approves of the general garage design before ordering the garage plans.....Sent from my iPad ---
C : Hi Jay, These plans are fantastic - can't wait to start construction this summer. When you get a chance, do you have the materials list in spreadsheet format? If you could send me the xls file that would be terrific. Thanks .......S.B.
Q: I was curious about this garage design, is there a brick version of these designs? Best Regards, A.
A: I don't have a brick version of that garage plan..... but I do offer to include (no charge) detail sheets from one of the brick veneered garages which the builder can refer to during the build. Since the garage is fully sheathed it is an easy modification. But it does usually require building the foundation with brick ledge for support. If you decide to buy the garage plans just email me as a reminder to include the brick details. You should probably ask the builder if he could work with it that way. it is usually not a problem. Thank you. ...Jay
Q: Cool, thanks. I presume if I wanted to do a larger garage door [on the 768-L garage plan] I'd just tweak the design a bit? ...Do you know if there is much cost difference in materials in doing a 10' [framed wall height] compared to a 12' height? ....Thanks, M.
A: Yes about the garage door. On that plan the wall framing should be 2 x 6 for 12’ height instead of 2 x 4, as designed - so there would be more cost. Also, the IRC code limits wall height to 10’- so, even though it seems unnecessary, you should clear it with local inspector. It is usually not a problem....Jay
Q:Hello, I was wondering if I purchased one of your garage plans, since you do not offer modifications, would I be able to have another contractor modify them or at the very least copy them?...S.F.
A: Yes. No problem. In fact, it is probably easier to use the PDF download than the mailed paper garage plan documents. The PDFs can be graphically modified using the Adobe Acrobat Pro 10 software. Then, copies can be printed out as needed. If you buy the paper garage plans they can also be modified using the older method of white out, paper masks and new line work and lettering. There's no limit on copying. But there is a restriction on re-selling the plans or removing the title block/logo information. Thank you.......Jay
Q: Jay, I am interested in your 24 x 36 garage plan 864-5. Could you please tell me how much it costs to purchase these plans? What they include and if there is any difficulty in sending them to Canada....Thank you.. M.R.
A: Hello,The price for the 4 plansets package for plan 864-5 is US$189.95 and that includes First Class Mail to Canada. Going through the postal system takes from 1 to 4 weeks depending on where you are in Canada. If you are building in Ontario plans may not be usable because that province, uniquely, has restricted plans submittals only to those designers registered in Ontario. Otherwise, these garage plans are usable in most other places.....Alternatively, you can buy the PDF document download which is delivered instantly and you can have printed locally by a copy or printing shop which can print out 24” x 18” copies. Thank you..... Jay Behm
Q:Hello, is your 30x38 monitor style garage rated for wind and snow loads on the west coast of Michigan? I would like to build one on some property that I just purchased. Thank you, M.P.
A: The design parameters I use for most of the garage plans are 110 mph wind speed, 3 second gust, moderate wind exposure 'B' and 30#/sq.ft. snow load and seismic risk category C- using prescriptive approach. You would need to ask the local authority what their requirements are for your property location. Thank you. Jay
Q: Jay,I will go ahead and order the PDF file for the below plans (plan 864-5).Please let me know of the next step...Thanks, M.
A: You can go to the catalog page: http://www.behmdesign.com/garage-plans-864-5-24x36.aspx and click the link that says “Or buy PDF .....” That will take you to the payment gateway using PayPal or scroll down to use other credit cards. You will receive an email with link to download page. Then open and save the PDF file. Thank you....Jay
Q: Could you please email me the materials list for Garage Plan 1440-1 - 24' x 30'? Also, do your garage plans include plumbing/electrical/hvac specs? ...Thanks, G.
A: Not specifications, but they do show symbols, schematically, as required by code. Specifications will be unique to each owner's project and climate. Typically the subcontractors generate the specifications and satisfy local or state code compliance requirements. Thank you....Jay
Q:I am looking at plan #687-16'x 24' Two questions: do you have the same garage plan sized 20'x 28' and can you provide a materials list so I can estimate construction cost?..Thanks you in advance, Perry
A: Hello, I'm sorry, it's only available as shown. However, one can extend the depth dimension to 28' by simply noting it on the floor plan view where there is a write-in place for alternate dimension. Adding to the depth is just repeating the spanning profile and that means there would be no change in its structure...so it's easy to do. Attached materials list.... Thank you....Jay
Q:Hi, I would like the materials list for the following garage plans: 576-11, 676-12, 1476-1. Does the [materials list} include rebar and concrete materials?...Thank you....H.
A: Yes, both rebar and concrete - but the quantities may vary because the depth of footing depends on local requirement. My footing depth is usually shown as 1'-6" below finished grade, with the bottom of footing at the frostline. Local frostline depth requirement scan be 4'-6" or even more for the very cold climate regions and only 12" for the warmer climates. For slab & foundation it's more reliable to get a preliminary quote from a local concrete contractor, showing them that illustrations & dimensions of the particular garage. - Attached materials lists... Thank you....Jay Behm
Q:Interested in garage plan 576-16, the 24-foot square Victorian garage with attic. What type of access to the attic is in the plan-pull-down steps? If so, where in the structure would the opening be located? Thanks! ...F
A: Hello, The plans call for a 22" x 30" attic access opening, which is the building code minimum requirement. You can leave as just opening with simple removable panel or install an attic access, pull-down ladder. They are commonly available and would have instructions for installation since they are designed to fit between the trusses which are spaced at 24" o.c.. My Resources Directory has a few manufacturers listed here: http://www.behmdesign.com/atticaccessladders- garage-plans.aspx and you can probably see some examples @ a local building supply store like Lowe's. I don't detail for them because they may require added blocking or not. Thank you....Jay
Q: I don't really like trusses, and when there is a fire they seem to crumple quickly. What of traditional rafter work/design?...R
A: Trusses fail in fire because of the metal plate connectors softening from heat and/or the 2x material burning through relatively fast. That's why GWB Type X, fire resistive, 1 hour separation is MANDATORY, by building code, for all garage-use applications. Only 4 x thick or larger "timber" framing can be left exposed because it take a much longer time to burn through and fail. I use trusses in the garage plans when spans exceed 20' because they are by far more efficient and much less cost. I use lumber framing for less than 20' span garages because it then becomes the lesser cost. Since garages should always have GWB protected ceilings the truss vs. rafters issue is all about cost. For larger than 20' wide garages you just can't beat trusses. Thank you. .... Jay
Q:I am looking at garage design # 2280-5. My city requres a brick vineer. What would you charge to change the plans?........M
A: I don't offer custom plans or modifications - just the stock plans as shown. However, I can include brick veneer detail sheets from another planset which has brick, which you could use as reference. Usually the officials allow just noting that change on the stock plans, indicating that it would be brick veneered instead of sided. But I would ask them to be sure. If you decide to buy the plans, just email me a reminder to include those extra drawing sheets. No extra charge, of course. Thank you.....Jay
Q:Hi, I'm looking at your #1260-1b 3 car garage plan. Can it be spec'd to meet Southern California seismic codes? Specifically Ventura County.....Thanks..C.
A: Hello, I cannot adapt the plan for that severe seismic zone, as it is a "prescriptive" compliance (non-engineered) plan. Most of our garage plans are usable in categories A, B & C. (WA state, in D1 & D2) You will likely need to take such a plan to a consulting engineer for the lateral force analysis, plans mark-up and stamp - as is typically required for the larger sized garages in Southern CA. In certain areas of CA the building departments usually need to have an "engineer of record" because of liability and insurance issues relating to the severe earthquake risk factor .....unfortunately. Costs for their fees vary so it pays to shop a bit. They are typically listed in yellow pages as "consulting engineers" and some of them work on small projects of this type.....Jay
Q: I have a question about 240-2c garage plan that I hope you can help me with....I have the side a rear walls erected and have just noticed that the front wall should have been full width. I framed the sides full length (20') and intended the front wall would be inside this as with rear wall. Would this be ok or does the LVL header need to have the minimum 16" bearing as specified.......Also, in the front wall framing plan on page 3, does the top plate over header run full length or does top plate from side overlap header? Thanks...Neil
A: Hi Neil, I showed the header extending fully across the front wall (except for the 1 1/2" thick end studs) because that is how the IRC code shows that condition. However, it is very likely that your inspector would allow it to be built as you have described, especially if you are not building in an earthquake prone or high wind exposure location. That framing arrangement is for extreme lateral loading conditions. I would check with your inspector or building dept. before proceeding to be certain it's ok. If you do not have an inspector involved and it is just your concern for structural correctness, then, as far as I'm concerned, the way you have built thus far is fine, no problem. (the LVL 16" contact to wall below is not for gravity bearing but, rather, for moment resistance of the header to wall connection - making a rigid right angle like a carpenter's square. That detail makes the garage front wall rigid to the sideways forces of wind and earthquake, so it cannot rack) The side wall top plate extends over/into the front wall, tops flush.....Jay
Comment: Just used your PDF instant download tool to purchase Garage Plan #1292-1. And I mean instant..... Downloaded and printed within 5 minutes after ordering. Very impressive....Excellent plans for a reasonable price. Will recommend....Cam
Q: Was looking into building a garage 24 x 26 with storage above similar to plan 856-1 but I need more than a 7 foot high door to get my vehicle in. Can height be added to walls to allow for an 8 ft high door? Or is there a plan similar. I was hoping for a single double car garage door not two single 9 x 7 doors. Thanks ........P.
A: The #856-1 garage plan does include an alternate to install an 18' or 16' wide garage door. Because this is a code prescriptive compliance plan you could simply build the walls to as much as 10' in height (which is the max. allowable). Both items could be noted on the prints. I would recommend first asking local building authority if it is allowable with a stock plan. It usually is not a problem. Thank you. Jay
Q: Hi. I just got my garage plans and they look great but can't find details so I can build the roof trusses myself. 26 years ago I built my house and built the trusses myself and they worked out great. Could you tell me where to get that information? I'd like to build them myself to save money.....T.
A: Hello. The days of site-building trusses are long past. For a long time the building codes have required that any "truss" (which is an assembly of parts spanning between supports, carrying a load) be manufactured by a state-licensed truss fabricator. Most building material suppliers have at least one fabricator they use to supply the trusses they order for their customers. The garage plans we provide show exactly what is required, including the layout of the trusses and associated framing in the Roof Framing Plan at 1/4" scale. The Cross-Section view shows the required profile for the truss(es) including slope, height, desired configuration, etc. The truss fabricators use that info in their computerized system to produce the required engineering and specifications for their package of trusses for your garage project. The package is then trucked out to your building site and crane lifted to stack on top of your erected walls. Nowadays it is the most used and best way to build roofs. And, for spans greater than 20', the most economical way in terms of materials and labor costs...... In some agri. or rural zoned areas the building codes are not enforced and it is allowable to site-build trusses. And for very small structures it is fine. But I highly recommend that, for the garages and larger outbuildings, use the local, licensed truss fabricator to provide your roof package, as it is much, much safer and of greater quality than building yourself. Thank you...Jay
Q:Hi There, I have emailed you a few years ago, as I have your garage plan bookmarked for our future garage/studio......So, I will be using it for a printing studio, & would like to add a few windows, as well as a closed in area in back for a darkroom, and a sink area. Do you do changes to garage plans for a fee? We also mainly use 2x6 construction here due to snow loads (western canada)--is this plan for 2x4? Can it be adjusted? ....Thank-you!....U
A: Hello, I'm sorry, I don't offer custom garage plans or modifications - just the stock plans as shown. Actually it would be easiest and probably least expensive to work out the changes with the builder, If your builder isn’t inclined to work that way there are plenty who will. The window changes and interior partitions you suggest are not structurally significant. Changing wall framing to 2 x 6s is simply a substitution and would not affect anything. These all could be penciled in on the prints (which is easy because the drawings are all to correct scale of 1/4”=1’- 0”)..Thank you.....Jay
Q:I was wondering if you had an open lower half for the car area of plan # 1476-1. I am wanting a carport style with a shop in the rear and also with a upper loft area that is accessible from the shop in the rear. In other words take plan # 1476-1 and remove the walls on the sides back 24' and place brace column style post there on the sides with handrails between and close in the remaining 8' in the rear. Leave everything else the same. Is there such or can such a design be created or exist. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions on this, and I will give more detail if possible. Thanks for any help on this.......J.E.
A: We don't offer custom design services for the garage plans......Opening up the lower story like that on garage plans 1476-1 could be problematic, regarding structural design, i.e. wind uplift and lateral forces. A consulting engineer (p.e.) might be able to help to customize the plans with a specially engineered portal frame or sway bracing scheme........Thank you.....Jay
Q:Hi there,I really love your 2402-1 50' x 28' plan, but i live in Edmonds Wa and was wondering if this plan would be okay to use here since I see you have plans just for washington state ... but not this plan.Thanks.....C.C.
A: Hello, I lived in Edmonds for over 20 years and had my office there in Old Milltown.....Small world.... This garage plan, as drawn, would not , because of the D2 seismic requirements of that region and also, that is has some engineered beams. You could take the plan to a consulting engineer (p.e.) They would do the force analysis and possibly mark up the plans a little if additional hardware is required. That’s about the only way that plan could be built there. The other possibility is to have a WA state architect make a new set of plans, which would be the most expensive way to do it. “consulting engineers” are usually listed in the yellow pages of phone book. Some of the local firms will do small projects like that. The engineers I used to know are no longer there so I cannot refer............The WA state garage plans I have are small enough to be prescriptively compliant with the IRC code for lateral, so engineering is not usually required. Thank you....Jay
Q:I am building a new garage and was looking at some of your garage plans...1500-1B looks very close to what I am looking for, but there are some minor things I would like to ask if they would fit in the variables that you talk about in your FAQ section...I was wondering about the ability to make the walls 12', allowing for 10' garage doors, and 2x6 walls for extra insulation....Thanks....P.T.
A: The IRC building code limits framed undupported bearing wall height to 10’. Your local inspector may allow increasing to 12’, especially if you substitute 2 x 6 wall framing. You can also build your concrete foundation wall a couple feet higher above grade and put the framed wall on top of it to create the increased ceiling height above garage floor ..... Jay
Q: Does Plan 1014-1b (26x26) come with all 3 foundation plans? How high above the slab is the stemwall or foundation wall?.....R.
A: Like all of our garage plans, the 1014-1b shows one foundation plan and references the details and options: You can build a thickened edge, monolithic-poured slab or a perimeter footing with stemwall of either concrete or concrete block. For all of the details I show a minimum 6" top of foundation concrete to finished grade. One can easily increase that if preferred, simply noting it on the plans. When the slab is poured within the perimeter foundation to is usually from flush with top of foundation wall to 4" below. Thank you...Jay
Q: Hello there, I was looking at your garage plan 960-L - 32' x 30'...I see that this is 2x4 framing. I would like to do this in 2x6 framing. Is this a possible option? Thanks!...B.D.
A: Hello, this garage plan doesn't lit it as an option, however, you could note "2 x 6" on the plans in the few places where it calls for "2 x 4" - simply, a substitution which would increase the strength of the building...Thank you....Jay
There are many things to consider when shopping for garage plans. Property or plot size may or may not limit the size of your planned garage. You can contact your local jurisdiction (which may be county or city) to get zoning information about your specific property. You would most likely find legal description and any information which has been filed for record on the property. That could include easements or boundary revisions. Typically, a small scale diagram or plan view of the property is included in the information as well. At the zoning office (also called "planning") you will be able to find requirements which apply to your specific property, such as building setbacks, lot coverage ratios, height restrictions and any other restrictions applied to that property. With that information you can determine where the garage can be located, accessed and how large of a footprint can be built with new structure.
Since garage plans are now plentiful you can think about needs and potential features available for anticipated needs. For example, a one story basic garage can be built with a steeper roof using attic trusses. That adds a small amount of cost since you'll be building that roof anyway, but it could add significant storage space. Behm Design offers many garage plans with attic space in the roof, as it has become popular feature.
Another favorite has been garages with shop space. By designing in extra width or depth there can be extra space for work or storage area. Many or our garage plans feature a write-in dimension space so you can indicate an alternate dimension to build. This has given lots of flexibility to our plans.
" BLUEPRINTS " is the old term for what we now call simply " plans ","plansets" or drawings. In the past, original drawings were semi-transparent linen or vellum materials on which they drew with ink or lead pencils. The early technology for reproducing those drawings was to place it over a treated kind of photographic paper and pass it through a certain light source (exposure) and then through an ammonia gas environment (developer). The result was a dark blue page with all drawing images being white - so white lines on dark blue..hence, "blueprints". There were other treated papers available to produce brown lines on white paper, vellum and mylar. All of that ammonia was delivered in bottles and had to be manually connected to the intake tubes. So maintaining and running the old machines was rather smelly. That technology was common until recent years when computers were used to produce drawings and the xerographic industry expanded. Many of our early garage plans were hand drawn but were eventually converted to digital. All of our printed materials is done with large format printer/plotter. We in the industry can now enjoy better and faster production and the customer gets better and lower cost in the products.
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Attached is a photo of my garage (#856-1), which turned out great. The plans were thorough and made approval in my city and county (which has a strict set of design standards) much easier....Thank you.... M. C., OH
Jay, I meant to tell you much earlier what a great value your plans are. This garage was constructed late fall of '09. I was at the house the other day and it happened to be one of those perfect coastal New England summer days. The garage looked great. .........Thank you, J.W.
Jay, your plan was right on the money. I was able to get an accurate quote and was able to check up on the contractor to make sure it was being built by the specs. The low cost spent on the plan made whole project go smoother. No potential disagreements. Every time there was a question I would just say, “build it just like the plan says” Thanks again !