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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.

Roof Trusses vs. Rafters

by Jay Behm -

Roof trusses are the predominant industry standard method for building roofs. Usually, roof trusses are used when the span or width of a garage exceeds 20 ft. (for lesser widths rafters are more economical)

A roof truss is a load carrying, spanning member made of wood components (usually 2x material), connected together with metal plates, shear connectors, etc. Used together with other trusses, often spaced at 24" on centers, the roof loads are carried out to the walls efficiently. Trusses are designed as a package, fabricated according to state laws and engineered as part of their manufacture. ("engineering" means that loads applied to the trusses and resulting stresses in the materials are analyzed and components sized to carry the required loads for the specific span and truss shape. This is typically done under the supervision of a state-licensed engineer or architect.) As this is an industry wide accepted practice, it is not necessary to to have the drawings for the garage stamped by an engineer. The roof system is treated as a distinct, pre-engineered component of the whole building structure and engineer stamped/signed documentation usually comes with the truss package.

Trusses are almost unlimited in possibilities for shape. Attic storage, gambrel, and attic loft truss profiles are becoming popular due to the economy of structure.

Rafters with Ceiling Joists are often used for smaller garage roof spans or widths, typically less than 20 ft, due to greater economy.

The rafter spans from the bearing wall to the ridge board at the roof peak and is sized with tables in the building code for span, spacing, load, slope, wood species and grade. The continuous ridge board secures the roof peak assembly. The ceiling joist acts as a tension tie to keep the rafters from splaying out under load and creates a ceiling surface. This roof framing assembly is typically spaced at 16" o.c. or 24" o.c, is completely prescriptive in the code and so usually requires no engineering.

Our garage plans typically include a roof framing (layout) plan and cross-section view which illustrate either the roof framing or the recommended truss profile (which serves only as a basis for the truss engineering and manufacture by the supplier/fabricator) Usually, when ordering trusses through your materials supplier or setting up your project with your builder, you can request adjustments to the profile shown (to match and existing house, for example)

It's advisable to check with your local building dept. BEFORE modifying the plans, as some do not allow it.
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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