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" Thank you so much Jay,
I will do some pricing, and see what I come up with. What a great company you have. Very nice plans and very nicely presented in your web site. Thanks so much for helping me figure out the next step.
- B.W. "
"Jay, I want to thank you for the plans. I was able to obtain my permit in about 2 hours. Next step is to price out the material........ Thank you very much
"..Built the garage this spring and it turned out fantastic. Building codes here are rather strict, but the inspector did not find a single flaw in design or construction. I love the design and my new shop/garage." -Gerald 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 plansets 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 plans by taking them to a local professional for additional work. If a coastal region does not impose special requiremsnts, such that their required design parameters match ours, then the 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 desgn 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 plan 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. You can also call me @ 1-800-210-6776 if you have questions.
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Hi Jay -
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 !