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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.
Prescriptive vs. Engineered
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PRESCRIPTIVE APPROACH ( also called "conventional light frame construction") :
The building codes provide details and specifications to build without involving a professionally licensed engineer or architect, if within certain dimensional and building shape limits, for conventional light wood frame construction. Wall framing, nailing, sheathing, foundation details, lumber spans and many other elements of construction are "prescribed" by the codes, so engineering calculations are not required (except for the truss package, which is automatically engineered by the truss fabricator as part of their manufacture). Most of our garage plans meet the prescriptive requirements of the International Residential Code.
We have a few garage plans in our collection which exceed dimension and shape limits for the "prescriptive approach" so they were engineered by our consulting engineer. In using the "engineered approach" as an alternative the engineering calculations are required by the building code to demonstrate structural soundness of the building design for roof structure, floor beams, and/or wind load & seismic (earthquake) lateral calculations. Our consulting engineers are registered in certain states. Because engineering licensing is state-by-state the engineer's calculations are provided for reference only and are not stamped and signed. These plans may or may not require review and wet stamp by a professional engineer or architect licensed in your state. You can call your local building department or inspector to find out what is required in your jurisdiction. For example, rural or agricultural zones in many states often accept these plans without stamp and signature.
Most locations in the US accept or recommend the prescriptive approach in these types of structures. However, a very few jurisdictions accept only state licensed engineer or architect sealed (or "stamped") plans due to local conditions or unusual policies.
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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