Garage Designs
Many Different Kinds

There are so many different kinds of garage designs that it can be a little overwhelming. There are an abundance of different plans available if you want to build them yourself.

There are also prefabricated garages and kits. Some of these are assembled at the factory and shipped whole to your site, others are shipped in pieces, with detailed instructions on putting them together with simple tools. There are many different materials that can be used as well. There are wood garages, metal as well as aluminum, and even heavy duty plastic.

Garages can be just pole buildings, with four large posts and a roof, like a carport. There are others that have three sides and a roof, with no front door. Others are fully enclosed. For doors, you can get doors that roll up, open outward, as well as a combination of large door, and smaller personal doors. When it comes to size, they sky is really the limit. You have a choice of one car, all the way up to six cars or more if you need, length as well depends on your needs and budget.

One of the more unique garage designs that actually serves a dual purpose is the combination garage/living space. On the ground floor is the garage, with a living area or apartment above. Often times the ceiling area goes mostly unused anyway, so why not turn it into an extra apartment?

These can be studios, or as large as is convenient. You can use these living spaces for your in-laws, friends or relatives that come to visit you, or even to rent out for extra income. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you can afford.

There are also an abundance of different styles to choose from when it comes to garage designs. You can find Quonset hut styles, barn styles, as well as more modern and contemporary styles. Whether you want your garage to match your home's exterior style, or act as a contrast, this isn't going to be a problem.

In addition to the many different garage designs, there are probably an equal number of websites offering them. This is really the problem when you are trying to find a design. Before you are completely overwhelmed, it is a good idea to sit down and really think about the design that best suits your needs.

Think about the size of the garage, what kind of style you are looking for, and if you want something simple, or more elaborate. Then you also have to decide about using blueprints, or if you are going to go with the garage kit.

While just blueprints and plans are cheaper, you have to take into consideration the time and effort that is going to go into your project. You may have a harder time getting the permits and you will also need to have inspectors come in through the building process. There is a lot of prep work, then you have to worry about buying the right materials and enough, plus all the hardware and accessories.

In the long run, you might be better off with building kits when it comes to garage designs. You can choose whatever kit you want, and can modify it before it is delivered. If you buy the packages that come in pieces, it won't take nearly as long to assemble as it would building from scratch. In most cases it is easier to get a permit for one of these packages than for a new build.

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