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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.
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 -
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