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Garage Plans By Behm Design, real garage plans for real projects, free materials list before buying plan, guaranteed for building permit most locations.
With many years of design development and time tested garage plans you will find a wide range of styles and sizes available in this collection. Lots of the garage designs are based on customer suggestions as to what they are looking for in their own garage plans. 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 of the garage 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 the garage plans are sent directly to you. Our garage 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 plans 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 garage plans so you can estimate your garage project costs. We also include foundation plans and details which are often left out of ordinary stock garage plans.
We offer many original garage plans categories including Colonial, Craftsman, Economy, Heavy Duty, in one story, two story,one, two, three and four car. Garage plans with apartment combinations and storage or attic garage designs are available as well. Browse through our many garage plans 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
1-800-210-6776. Order today for earliest delivery...Also, our garage plans are now available as PDF instant downloads so you can see your complete plan set 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.
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.
Some Q & A emails:
Q: Hello Jay,I am very interested in garage plan 856-1. Perfect size, good amount of windows, and that precious loft. :-) I see you offer to send out the materials list for free, and it would be very helpful to me to cost it out ahead of time. If it’s do-able, I’ll be ordering the complete garage plans shortly, as this is the best I’ve seen thus far, plus it’s clear you go to great lengths to provide quality work.Many thanks, M.S. in NH
Q: im interested in the 900-2 30x30 garage plans.our town requirements state a residential garage cannot be more than 15' high and no more than 900 square feet,so are there lower trusses we can use to get towards a 10' ceiling height? G.K.
A: If you raise the wall height to 10' then you have left about 3'-10" for roof rise. That means that 3'-10" vertical/15' horizontal which is a slope of about 3/12. So that should work. Both of those revisions can be simply noted on the cross-section view on the garage plans...Jay
Q: I found you on a google search. I am looking for Garage plans that are acceptable in Lake County Florida. Size is 16 ft wide 50 feet deep. 10 foot walls. Similar to your design 544-2. Space is limited by existing structure and property line. Current cement slab driveway will be the base and foundation. Largest door width possible on front, single roll up on rear. No windows and 36" man door on right side from front view. Thank You For Contacting us at: Florida Home Estate Sales, LLC, D.W.
A:Hello, I'm sorry, I don't have one of the dimensions you need. Also, you may need hurricane engineering. Although being in the middle of FL the prescriptive 100 mph may suffice.You will probably need to have custom garage plans made for that size. Jay
Q: hello jay on the 1250-2 garage plans do I need both monolithic slab/ footing and stemwall/ footing ? just trying to price this out and not sure ??
A: It is either one or the other. If using stemwall foundation they would place it to locallly required depth which may take more concrete than I have allowed, assuming a depth of 18" below grade. You can call a local concrete contractor for a rough estimate of concrete work for the garage.
Q: Hello I would like to see the material list for garage plan 1307, also will 84 lumber bundle this design. I will be building in Newberry County, SC will all the stamps be included in plan price. Regards, M.T.
A: Excel file attached. I am only a garage plans vendor to 84 Lumber and don't know much about their packages. But your local 84 would put a package together for any garage plan. They may also have access to having plans certified by engineer in SC. Truss packages always include engineering for the roof structure, automatically. My plans use prescriptive IRC compliance - so not engineered. If you are in a wind condition greater than 100 mph they would not be usable as drawn. Additional engineering to check shear walls' capacities and uplift resistance and plan mark-ups would be needed to certify.
Q: Am looking for 1476-1 rather than 1476-3 - plan to stick build and max out loft space. Cannot find it online. J.K.
A: I'm sorry the 1476-1 was discontinued a couple of years ago +/-. It is because it's construction was not entirely prescriptive in code compliance. It occasionally required engineering certification by some local building departments. The building code changed a bit in recent years making this type of structure less popular unless fully engineered. I don't want to sell plans which require additional engineering unless being built in a place with parameters exceeding the standard, as in areas with earthquake risks. The 1476-3 does use trusses and that does yield less storage space, although 14.5' x 8' x 30' is a fairly large space,the trusses/floor are fully engineered in the truss manufacture and the overall building cost is less. There is less material and much less labor to build the 1476-3....J.B.
Q: Dear Jay, In the case of your non-symetric designs, like 2104-rv1 52' x 48', are you able to print them as mirror image? In my example, I would want the RV section to be on the left. best regards, H.P. Seattle
A: I'm sorry, I don't have that plan drawn reversed. However, I do print mirror image plans as extras for reference in building at no extra cost. Also, if buying the PDF, you can have mirror image prints made.Also, if building in Seattle area or region, the building dept. may require engineering certification by WA state licensed engineer because of the excessive seismic and/or wind conditions possible. The engineer would likely prefer to edit the PDF format. Thank you....JB
Q: Im interested in plan 988-1 and would like to know if you can use the same plans for wood siding or brick.....the picture of the plans shows a siding and i want to use brick.
A:I don't show brick as option for this plan. However, I can include brick foundation and veneer details if you order the plans, at no extra charge. Because all of my plans are fully sheathed it it easy to substitute the brick per those details. The only real change is in the foundation detail - increasing foundation wall thickness to create ledge to support brick above. It is usually allowable to make note of the intent to use brick instead of the specified siding. But I do recommend asking the local building authority to be sure it is okay to just build it with that revision...JB
Q: I am interested in these plans, but want to raise the height of the garage door clearance to 10' and increase the height of the garage interior clearance to 12'. Do these plans allow for these modifications? JP
A: Because the walls are 2 x 6 @ 16" framed 12 ft. would be fine, structurally. However, the IRC code prescriptive limit for bearing walls is 10'. It would be best to ask local building inspector or permit agent if they would allow.For either you could simply note on the plans. Thank you....JB
Q: Hi Jay, I am considering building this garage plan and would like to get some material estimates from local suppliers. Could you email the material list? Allso, I live in MA and wanted to know if your garage designs have been approved for MA, or would there be additional design required? V.N.
A: All states except CA and FL adopt the IRC/IBC building code as basis. Local jurisdictions adopt their state's code and sometimes adapt for local conditions. My garage plans use prescriptive compliance with the IRC using standard parameters for snow, wind and earthquake which means that plans can be used in most places in the US. ( for severe conditions they would need certification by state engineer.) They should work fine for MA but are money-back guaranteed if not. Thank you. Jay
Q: Would garage plans for 1292-1 require any additional engineer for Michigan? I live in Howell, MI just north of Ann Arbor Area. Thanks, R.T.
A:This garage plan uses rafters, not trusses. The rafters are sized for 30#/sf snow load and the plan is overall compliant with IRC using prescriptive design (non-engineered). If local snow loads are greater then you would probably need to have a MI engineer resize the rafters and certify. Your local building dept. could advise regarding that. If you show them what you would like to build they can guide you through the permit process. If you buy my garage plans and cannot use they are money-back guaranteed....Jay
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Attached is a photo of my garage (#856-1), which turned out great. The garage 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 garage 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 garage plans were 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 garage plans 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 !