2 Car Garage Plans

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One Car Garage Plans, Three Car Garage Plans and Four Car Garage Plans are discussed in other articles.


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Two car garage plans come in a multitude of designs, styles, living arrangements, sizes and ... you name the options. Not surprisingly, two car garages are one of the most popular garage sizes, probably because the average family owns 2.28 vehicles according to a 2008 Experian Automotive study. According to the study, the number of families with either 1, 2 or 3 cars in the household are fairly evenly split with slightly more households having 1 car than 2 cars, but somewhat surprisingly, more households having 3 cars rather than either 1 or 2 cars. The numbers from the study are 34% 1 car households, 31% 2 car households and 35% 3 car households. Many families are content with a 2 car garage as a pretty good compromise between the benefits it offers versus the amount of space it consumes and the expense to build it. An unofficial tally of a Google search for 'home for sale with x car garage' turned up this number of indexed pages:

Search Phrase

Number of Indexed Pages

home for sale with 1 car garage

31,200,000

home for sale with 2 car garage

30,700,000

home for sale with 3 car garage

62,300,000

home for sale with 4 car garage

29,400,000

This is by no means an official measurement tool, but it is one more indicator of the overall trend. Interestingly enough, 'home for sale with 3 car garage' currently dwarfs the other search terms. This might be more reflective of today's tough economic situation than an overall trend towards more houses with 3 car garages.

So what should you be looking for with your 2 car garage plan? That depends a lot on what need you are trying to fill; what problem you are trying to solve; how much space you have; and of course, your budget. Ask yourself a few pertinent questions to help narrow down your search for a two car garage plan.

            1. How much space (real estate) do you have for your 2 car garage?
            2. What type vehicles are you going to park in the garage?
            3. Do you need extra living space in the garage?
            4. Do you need options like a workshop or extra storage space?
            5. What is your budget for building a garage?
            6. Do you have a unique requirement, such as RV storage in the garage?

You could just start off with a random search for a two car garage plan until you find one that suits your need, there are plenty of available options out there. But answering these garage plan buying questions can help you reduce your search time to find the perfect garage for your situation. It doesn't make sense to search for 2 car garages and find out the one you like has an apartment when you don't really want an apartment. Here are some general guidelines for what you will find during your search.

2 Car Garage Plan Sizes

2 car garage plans come in a wide variety of sizes, with almost no limit to the upper end. On the smaller side, you probably won't find many plans that measure less than 20' (6.1m) wide by 20' deep. A fairly typical 2 car garage plan will be about 24' (7.3m) wide by 24' deep. If you refer to our previous article on garage sizes, you'll find that typical vehicles range from about 15 feet (4.6 meters) long for a compact car to over 20 feet (6.1 meters) long for a full size pickup truck with an extended cab. While you may not own, or ever plan on owning, an extremely long pickup truck or SUV, you should also consider the re-sale value of your property, so you might want to err on the high side if you have the room to spare on your lot. Most commonly sized double-wide overhead garage doors for a 2 car garage are 16' (4.9m) wide by 7' (2.1m) tall. Since the widest vehicles measure about 6.5' (2m) in width, you'll have about 3 feet (0.9 meters) to spare if you are parking 2 extremely wide vehicles in your 2 car garage. That doesn't leave a lot of extra room, and don't forget about those over-sized side view mirrors! If you have two separate entrances for the garage, each with its own overhead door, they will typically measure 9' wide by 7' tall.

Larger 2 car garage plans can measure over 30' (9.1m) in depth and 30' in width, with some even exceeding 40' (12.2m) in either dimension. Garage plans that accommodate an RV can be even longer still, up to and over 50' (15.2m)! While the extra length and width might seem to be excessive in some cases, that extra room can really be a blessing when it comes time to store the lawn furniture, garden tractor or ATV for the winter. A garage is the ideal place for a woodworking shop also, to keep the dust out of your house. If you ever have a notion to get a boat or a trailer for hauling, you might just wish you had that extra room.

Two Car Garage Plan Architectural Styles

If you are looking for a specific architectural style for your garage plan, you will probably find something to match what you want but you will have to use a process of elimination search to get there. Most websites carrying garage plans do not give you a search capability by architectural style, so you will have to just use your other criteria to narrow the search then just look at everything they have to offer that fits your parameters. Most common architectural styles are available in a garage plan:

            • Victorian
            • Tudor
            • Gambrel Roof
            • Colonial
            • Cape Cod
            • Gothic
            • Modern

You’ll just have to do your research to find what you want. In most cases you will be better off selecting something that matches the architectural style of other existing structures on your property, especially if the buildings are in close proximity to one another.

It's a good idea to know in your mind before you start your garage plan search what your major selling points are because you'll find:

            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Extra Storage Space
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with One Bedroom Apartments
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Two Bedroom Apartments
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Loft Apartments
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Studio Apartments
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with No Living Quarters
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Workshops
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with RV Garages
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Storm Shelters
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with a Single Overhead Door
            • 2 Car Garage Plans with Individual Overhead Doors
            • One Story 2 Car Garage Plans
            • Two Story 2 Car Garage Plans

and the list goes on!

Available Garage Plan, Garage Floor Plan and Garage Blueprint Drawing Formats

Generally you will be able to get your garage plan drawings in one of four ways:

            • Paper prints
            • CAD files
            • Reproducible prints
            • Downloadable files you can print yourself

Most garage plan/blueprint/floor plan websites will offer all 4 methods of drawing delivery. It just depends on your situation as to which type is best suited for you. For those of you wondering about the difference between a print and a blueprint, well there really isn't any difference any more. Blueprints were an older method of photocopying drawings and they are not used much any more since the advent of modern printing techniques and larger printers and plotters. The name blueprint was derived from the printing process that actually delivered the drawings with blue color. Most modern prints these days are black ink on white paper and are made by a plotter capable of printing large drawings. The term blueprint has held on through the years in the building trade and is used interchangeably with building plans. A 'floor plan' and a 'building plan' also generally refer to the same thing. The 'floor plan' is a subset of a plan drawing set but typically is used interchangeably with the term 'building plan' or just 'plan'. So in a conversation discussing your garage building plans you may hear them called 'plans', 'building plans', 'floor plans' or 'blueprints' all in the same sentence.

Before ordering any garage plans, make sure you know what the publisher’s return/exchange policy is. Some will let you return or exchange plans after you bought them and some will not. Due to the nature of electronic products, it is unlikely that any publisher will let you return or exchange CAD files or downloadable files.

But, back to the drawing formats you have to choose from.

Paper prints - exactly what it sounds like. It is a set of drawings consisting of several sheets of paper, anywhere from 3 sheets to 10+ sheets, depending on the complexity of your garage plan drawings. In most cases, you will get the drawings on either 18" by 24" paper, or 24" by 36" paper. You don't want anything smaller than the 18" x 24" size since it would become too difficult to read and the smaller details would begin to run together. Paper prints are usually the cheapest method of getting your plans from the plan provider. If you are not planning on making major changes to the plans then this is probably the best method for you to choose. Just order the number of sets you will need to build your garage and the plan publisher will take care of printing them for you. In the event you plan on making significant changes to your garage plan prior to building, this is not the drawing package you should choose since you won't be able to modify the drawings (with the exception of minor changes).

Computer Aided Drawings (CAD) - these are drawings that will be delivered to you either as a downloadable file online, or on a disk the publisher will send to you. Either way, you will end up with the same thing, a software file that can be viewed and even modified using a CAD application program. This drawing delivery method is the way to go if you want to make extensive changes to your garage plans before you start your building project. You will need a CAD application program such as AutoCAD to be able to open and change the file. Check with your plan publisher to see what file format they provide prior to purchasing CAD files. You will also need some way to print the files on large plotter paper when you have your changes incorporated.

Reproducible prints - these are drawings delivered on special paper that can be changed by someone trained in architectural drawings. You will get one complete set of the drawings on either 18" by 24" paper, or 24" by 36" paper, check with the publisher to find out what they supply. This type of drawing set is good if you have a moderate number of changes you wish to make to your garage plans prior to building. Using the appropriate tools, your architect (or other qualified individual) can change the reproducible drawing plans right on the special paper they are printed on. You then must take the reproducible drawing to a print shop that is capable of making the paper copies you will need for your project.

Downloadable files - these are files you can download from the plan publisher and save on your computer. Generally the file type is pdf, a very widely accepted and available standard type printable file. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available free and can be used to view and print the plan files. Since they are usually downloadable, this type of drawing format is generally available immediately. When you get the file downloaded, you will have to have a printer or plotter capable of printing on large paper, at least 18" wide by 24" long. Anything smaller than that will start to become unreadable.

Summary

Drawing Type:

Paper Prints



Pros:

Least expensive, good quality from publisher

Cons:

You can only make minor modifications


Drawing Type:

CAD



Pros:

Can make extensive changes, stores on computer hard drive

Cons:

Special software needed to view and modify, special printer needed


Drawing Type:

Reproducible



Pros:

Easy to make changes to drawing, can make as many copies as needed for project

Cons:

You can only make modest number of modifications, Needs special equipment to make copies


Drawing Type:

Downloadable File



Pros:

Simple, Most Convenient, Can make as many copies as needed for project

Cons:

You can't make any modifications, Special printer needed


Building Tips for your 2 car garage

Hire a good General Contractor (GC) - If building a garage is outside of your personal capabilities, then you will probably need a general contractor. This is going to be your go-to person for any of the questions you may have before, during, and after construction. A good GC will see to it that your garage project runs smoothly and is completed as promised. For more tips, read our article on How to Hire a General Contractor.

Location, Location, Location - Choosing the right location to build your 2 car garage is very important. There are several factors to consider, both practical and aesthetic: 1. How far from the road or your home do you want to build your garage? If it is too far from the road, you could spend hours shoveling the driveway on a snowy winter day. If it is too far from the house, consider having to trudge through the snow after you have safely parked your car for the night. Also consider the style of the 2 car garage plan you choose - you may want to try to match or complement your 2 car garage to the surrounding buildings on your property. And don't forget about running electricity and plumbing to your new garage!

Consider adding a skylight - While windows let wonderful amounts of natural light into your 2 car garage, they also take up valuable wall space that could be better used for storage. Windows also provide easier access for strangers to view your possessions, and even break into your garage. A great way to achieve more natural light without the added insecurity of windows is with a skylight. Consult with a local builder or architect to see if a skylight is right for your 2 car garage plan.

Garage Trivia

As explained in our previous blog post about the history of the modern garage, early garages were simply re-purposed carriage houses. They started out as detached structures - initally this was due to the fact that no one wanted a smelly stable of horses attached to their home. Once the automobile started to take the place of the horse and carriage, and the carriage house became a place for storing an automobile, most people considered it practical to maintain a detached structure just in case the automobile were to spontaneously combust. A rather large, probably not unfounded fear at the time.