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"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
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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.
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"..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.
Loft Garage Plans by Behm Design
by Jay Behm - Garage Plans with loft space feature floor upper lever floor area less than the ground floor area and has permanent stairway access. Build an apartment or guest living quarters, or home business space. Create a recreation loft for activities and workouts. Or a getaway studio. Garage Plans with lofts add value to you property . It is advisable to check with local zoning or land use authority regarding any limitations that may exist regarding use of accessory structures on you property, as zoned. Behm Design offers many garage plans with loft designs to find just the right size and style to build.
Garages with loft designs can be built several different ways. Attic trusses are probably the most economical overall because they use the efficiency of a truss to carry the attic space, its floor and roof overall - all within the truss profile. In a garage plan truss the loads are spread throughout the truss parts using thin steel connection plates so wood members can be much smaller. They are totally engineered for the application with correct floor, roof and other applied forces. You can also specify slope, shape, shoulder height and floor load capacity for your garage plan preference.
Loft garages can also be built using simple spanning members, joists and rafters. Many Behm Design garage plans with loft utilize I-joists which are made with wood products, veneers and OSB material, and designed to span larger distances, i.e. over 20 ft with no intermediate post and beam support. This scheme allows the garage space to have no obstructions at all - and that is much preferred. Customers have occasionally use floor trusses instead of I-joists as a substitution.
Garage loft plans can also utilize smaller, dimensional lumber, for joists with an intermediate line of posts and beams as a bearing line. It is less costly than the long span I-joists but does require having some posts within the garage space.
Behm Design was the first garage plans company to design innovative garage plans with lofts using both attic truss designs and I-joist floor systems. The plans have been very popular for over 10 years and we have kept them up to date with building codes.
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Hi Jay -
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 !