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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.
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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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 !