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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.
2 x 4 vs. 2 x 6 Wall Framing
by Jay Behm - In general, 2x4 wall framing is structurally sufficient for garages. Behm Design garage plans typically specify 2 x 4 studs @ 16" o.c. spacing with double top plate and single, pressure-treated bottom plate, which is called "conventional light framing" This construction is in prescriptive compliance with the building code. When bearing wall heights do not exceed 10 ft. 2 x 4 framing is code compliant. (Note: our "economy" series plans call for 24" o.c. stud spacing.)
Rarely, local authorities will impose requirements for 2x6 wall framing due to extremely heavy snow loads, high speed winds and for maximum wall insulation values. Note: if your plan calls for 2 x 4 framing and 2 x 6 is required, you can usually just substitute the 2 x 6 material for studs, wall top and bottom plates. (Your local authority can advise on that subject) Most of our garage plans with living areas call for 2 x 6 framed walls for standard insulation.
If bearing wall height is greater than 10 ft. the building code requires that they be engineered to verify their load capacity to resist bending of the studs. In some cases, local authorities may waive this if framing is increased to 2 x 6 and your height does not exceed 12 ft..
Stud Spacing Practicality:
16" o.c. spacing works better with locating and supporting wall shelving and storage systems than the 24" o.c. spacing, allowing greater planning flexibility.
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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 !