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12-22-2004 01:56 PM
alittle1 ...and maid service, well as a bartender.
12-16-2004 10:26 PM
slarsen47 You can never have too much garage space.

I agree that the 24 is a bit short. My garage is 26 deep by 36 wide (10 foot ceiling) and is fine for short cars like Corvettes, but if you plan to put a 1970 Cadillac in there you better go longer. I did not build the garage, but for the yard space available I would have gone 32 deep by 52 wide (12 foot ceiling).

For winter storage I get four cars in side by side even though one bay has a two post hoist. It is a three door garage, basically three 12 foot wide spots.

I like the 9 foot doors as well, but they are not so convenient if you are having to put a vehicle in on an angel. But that is where the floor jack comes in handy, just lift it up and roll it over to the side.

Basically the ideal setup is your clean parking garge attached to the front of the house, and a separate working garage out back, that has walls to provide physically separated "clean" and "dirty" areas. And of course there should be a bathroom and shower, fridge, tv (to keep up with the car races), microwave, stereo a few chairs and table, library space for all the books, computer for handy reference.

It is nice to have wall electric outlets about every six feet and between the doors, just about everywhere. Good flourescent lighting. A couple of hoists.

Security system...........etc, etc, etc..........and of course tools
12-06-2004 09:52 AM
Garage Plans

Try 84 Lumber, They sell garage packages at a very nice price, But You have to build it yourself, I want to Build one but I can't seem to find a Concrete guy to come do my foundation
11-27-2004 05:47 PM
Kevin45 One thing to remember also is when you build, figure everything in 4' increments. So if you want a little longer than a standard 24' then go with 28'. That way the studding, rafters, and sheeting all figure out with no cutting extra cutting. When we built Weimers garage the guy that did the foundation block work (for whatever reason we will never know) made the garage at 25' instead of 24'. You would not think one foot would be that big if deal UNTIL THE ROOF GOES ON!!!!! Had to get an extra rafter, the sheeting comes out odd so you have a lot of waste. It screwed the siding up because the vinyl comes in 12'6" pieces. It took a little thinking to overcome what seemed like such a minor problem. Also if you ever have a full size, extended cab pickup, 24' will be too short if you have a bench in the front of the garage. Something else to consider is the use of attic trusses. This will give you an are for storage overhead. Depending on the roof pitch, you may not have headroom to walk upright but it would still increase the storage area considerably due to the fact you would have a floor up above. Just a few things to think about.

11-26-2004 01:32 PM
I am building something like this building only 36 wide and 32 deep
11-25-2004 08:16 PM
byrdman I'll second the motion for a depth more than 24'. Here's some links:
11-25-2004 12:34 PM
adtkart A couple of things to consider.

1 Build it someplace where it won't get wet. They all shrink relatively quickly. LOL
2 Place it on the lot in a position where it can be enlarged later. (Ref point #1)
3 Don't built it to fit the vehicles you have. The next one will be larger.
11-25-2004 10:39 AM

Just a bit deeper about 4-6 ft..maybe as much as 8..

If you do any engine swaps you will need the room for an engine hoist..and of course the stuff expands to fit the available space..<Grinn>

As far as the main garage door tha tcan be changed to a single 16' door if you like. Having a basic plan like this is good to show a contractor or builder.. A lot easier to build when one can see the picture..

11-25-2004 10:20 AM
advanced design Onemoretime has a good thought regarding the work bench space. I once had a garage 24' deep and it was a little tight in the front with a work bench up there and a full size pick up in a bay. Plenty of room for a Corvette. Once you build it you will always want more space. If you are going to be building car sized projects I would go a little deeper - but that is just me. I like a lot of space.
11-25-2004 06:34 AM
Coach house

That will be a nice addition to your home..Looks good and there is some room for a workbench there,,I woudl give it the

11-25-2004 06:06 AM
fast neutron Thanks for the replies and especially the links. So far I ike this one best,

Any thoughts?
11-25-2004 04:21 AM
Personally I like two 9 ft doors better than one 16 ft door on the garage and of course a man door on the side or rear convenient to the house..
I do to all except....if you have a dually truck or a car trailer that you want to pull in. I can get my trailer in but it only has 2" on each side. That is many forward and reverse moves to line it up just right. My wifes nephews dually would not make it in. Just remember that a 9' door is not a 9' opening.
11-24-2004 08:28 PM
advanced design
Re: garage plan

Originally posted by fast neutron
Hi. Does anyone know of a site specialising in Garage building plans? I'm not really interested in basic 4 walls and a roof, want to build something architectually interesting as well as practical.

Check their garage plans here

and here

Morton has some nice buildings

And you could design your own as well.

Hope that helps.
11-24-2004 08:00 PM
Garage planss

well a compentent contractor should be able to match the existing house as far as roof pitch and roof and trim details..using siding to match the existing home..that way the garage looks like it belongs with the house..

As far as size we usually build 12X24 service bays as that is what is needed to fit in a car and a mechanics toolbench..

One of the more succesful ones I built was 24X36 two bay with shop space in the rear of the garage..this seemed to work out just fine and the guy I built it for was happy..

Personally I like two 9 ft doors better than one 16 ft door on the garage and of course a man door on the side or rear convenient to the house..

11-24-2004 07:35 PM
fast neutron welder and compressor for sure. No lift in the forseeable future. No more than one garage door. But I want enought room inside to acomodate one car plus enough extra to actually keep a few toys. On the other hand, can't be so big it would dwarf a 1600 sq.ft. cape cod. Any thoughts?
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