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Testimonials:

Mr. Behm, I want to say thanks for the garage plans. It only took about two hours for the permit review. With the materials list the next phase will be estimating costs to build the garage...Thank you very much..D.P.

 

Thank you so very much Jay, I,ll start estimating my garage building costs and see what comes up. What a great service and product you have. The garage plans are very nice and presented well on your website. Thanks again for your help getting started....B.W.


Jay, just a short note - I built one of your garage plans last spring and it came out fantastic! We have strict building codes around here but our inspector found no flaws in the plans, design nor construction. I love my new garage-shop and the design....G.M.

Building In CA and Coastal Regions


by Jay Behm - Building garages and homes in California and other coastal regions may be different than inland because of the high wind exposures and earthquake (seismic) risk factors. The new building codes require special engineering for garage plans built in certain areas with high wind speed,exposure and severe earthquake risk categories. There are also many areas that allow the "prescriptive measures" (non-engineered) compliance with the code. Where calculations are required, it is necessary for the Professional Engineer (P.E) consultant to review, stamp and sign the garage plans and calculations submitted for the building permit application.

Due to state-by-state professional licensing requirements, Behm Design Garage Plans cannot provide additional engineering for beyond "normal" wind  and earthquake risk category requirements. However, customers often do use our stock garage plans by taking them to a local professional for additional work. If a coastal region does not impose special requirements, such that their required design parameters match ours, then the garage plans should work fine for getting the permit. If not, they can be returned as per our guarantee.
 
If additional engineering is required, Behm Design garage plans are now available as electronic PDF downloads which may be easier for a consulting engineer or architect to work with in providing the additional engineering analysis and documentation. We have had many customers do this with our garage plans, especially in CA, FL, WA, NY, NJ and AK, where wind and seismic issues may require further design for extreme conditions. "Consulting Engineers" are listed in yellow pages and some of them work on small projects of this type. Also, builders and contractors are likely to have consultants for such work. Costs vary  for  a few hundred dollars to over a thousand, depending on location and work required. Although more costly than using just the straight stock garage plans it may still be the least expensive, if not only, way to get permittable and buildable garage plans in a difficult, high risk location/region. 
 
If you are in such a region you can easily learn about wind and seismic requirements from your local building dept. or inspector. That is always the best source for correct and accurate information. Everything is spelled out in the building code so you can know what will be needed before you start planning the project and purchasing garage plans. You can also call me @ 1-800-210-6776 if you have questions.
 


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Hi Jay -
 I have attached my picture of my new garage (your plan No. 856-1) it came out great! The thorough garage plans were easily approved in my county and city (an they have strict standards for design plans) Thank you...M.C. OH

 Hey Jay I want to tell you of what great value the garage plans were for us. Our garage was built in the fall of 2009. I went the summer house a few days ago and it was a perfect New England coast sumer days and the new garage looked really great!

Jay, the garage plan you sent me were just right! I got a very accurate building quote and I could check contractor's progress and verify that he followed the plans. The low price of the garage plans was perfect for my project and there were no disagreements. The plans answered all the questions that would come up - 'just build it like it shows in the plan'. So, thanks again!...R.M, NY