Garage Plans - Garage Designs of All Kinds
Custom Garages Begin
For Miller Garages, every garage is a custom garage. As one of Michigan’s most experienced and versatile garage builders, Miller Garages has the know-how to make every garage unique and suited to meet each customer’s unique needs. Miller Garages starts planning your custom garage with one of five types of garage designs, based on the roof type or the garage construction materials.
From Garage Designs, Custom Garage Plans to Meet Your Needs
From each of these garage designs, Miller Garages can create custom garage plans to meet your needs.
The gable roof design is the standard garage roof type. Miller Garages often suggests a gable roof when the garage is visible from the street and needs to blend in with a gabled house. In the gable roof garage design, the roof has two sides that are pitched (not flat). The two parts of the roof meet at the top and slope down to the eaves, forming two vertical, triangular-shaped, peaked gables at the ends. Gable roofs let the snow and rain slide off easily toward the ground. In the standard gable design, one of the gabled ends faces the front.
In a Miller Garages custom garage, the gables can be small or large. With larger gables — typically used with a two- or three-car garage — you can insert windows and external décor touches that blend in with the house or other nearby structures.
Custom Garages Using Variations on the Standard Gable Roof
Miller Garages also designs custom garages using variations on the standard gable roof, such as these.
In garage construction involving a reverse gable design, the triangular gables
face the sides rather than the front. The long sloping roof is visible at the front and
may be inset with dormers (windows set vertically on the sloping roof that have their own roofs).
Miller Garages constructs custom garages that use the reverse gable roof design in a variety of sizes and styles,
to complement the look of the house or other nearby structures.
When the garage construction requires extra capacity for storage or extra sturdiness due to weather conditions, Miller Garages may suggest a hip roof. A hip roof is a pitched (not flat) roof with four sides, all of which slope down to the eaves, usually with a gentle (not steep) slope. The hips are the lines at which any two adjacent sides of the roof meet. Hip roofs are stronger than some other roof types because of the wood trusses (framework of beams, like ribs) that support their shape underneath. Hip roofs let the snow and rain slide off easily toward the ground.
Miller Garages creates garage plans using variations on the standard hip roof, such as these:
I-joists (I-beams) may be the right choice for building a garage with extra storage space above the car. I-joists can be used in any garage design, to strengthen the floors so they support the additional weight of upper-level storage space.
When I-joist wood beams are used, the garage sub-floor (under the concrete) is built mainly from wood beams shaped like the capital letter "I". In an I-joist, the flanges (ribs or rims) form the top and bottom of the wood beam, just like the short top and bottom of the "I". The web, or center, of the beam (the long part of the "I") can be cut with holes for ducts and wiring. I-joist beams add strength to the garage’s first level, to help it support the weight of additional storage space on the second level. I-joist beams can also be used in the base of the second floor, to support the items stored there as well as to help bear the weight of the roof.
Wood I-joist beams are strong and straight and produce garage floors of superior strength. They are stronger, stiffer, and lighter in weight than wood that is sawn and are available in lengths of up to 60 feet. These long, sturdy beams are well suited for the open, weight-bearing floors of garages, especially in the larger two- and three-car garage designs. When even stronger garage construction is needed, extra I-joists may be added to support additional weight.
If you’re planning an apartment above the garage, I-joists may be the material of choice for the apartment floor. I-joist webs are built to accommodate holes for the wiring, plumbing, and other ductwork required for that garage design. In addition, many finishing options are available for the garage ceiling underneath the apartment floor.
In many garage designs, I-joists are also used in garage door headers, as the beams over
the garage door. Using I-joists in the garage door header provides the additional strength and
firmness needed so the garage construction can withstand the pull of the garage doors over time as they open and close.
Balloon framing construction is an option for strengthening garage walls to support upper-level storage space. Balloon framing can be used in any garage design.
In balloon framing, each wall stud is a single, continuous piece of lumber that runs all the way from the floor of the garage to its roof — the entire height of the building. This produces stronger walls than the more common construction method, in which each floor is separately constructed and separate, shorter studs are used for the walls in each level. Balloon framing is also used to extend the height of the garage walls, to create additional storage capacity.
Balloon framing can support additional height for extra garage storage and additional strength in windy conditions.
Contact Us at Miller Garages to Help Plan Your Custom Garage
Call us at 586-634-0894 for an initial consultation, so we can help you select the best garage design for your needs. Or email us by clicking on this link: New Garage Estimate.
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