Need help with garage plans!!

Discussion in 'Garages, Workshops & Tools' started by 80 Z28, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. 80 Z28

    80 Z28 Veteran Member

    Building a garage and would like input to anyone that has put a lift in there garage. How is the best way to accommodate the life. At first I was going to use vaulted rafters, with 10' ceiling and place the lift in the middle. But if I do this I will not be able to park my daily driver beside the life.

    I am going with approx 30' 30' foot print, and am looking for about 12.5' of lift.
    what have you guys done? Pictures would be great!

  2. Kirk

    Kirk Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
    If you haven't already, you should mosey over to It's the of the garage world. Lots of good info and people.

    Having said that, it there any reason why you just don't use higher walls for the whole garage? That's what I did.
  3. hhott71

    hhott71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Joplin Mo. 64801
    A 100 x 200 with 20' walls should be about the right size/
    Get in floor heating and cooling as well as a regular furnace and AC.
    You'll have room for a 25 x35 paintbooth , plemty of storage. A lot of 2nd floor room, etc.
  4. 80 Z28

    80 Z28 Veteran Member

    Aproximately 30 x 30....

    I was thinking off using the open rafter design so I cities Save money on material with the taller walls. But as I have been figuring our angles of the did slope I may lean towards taker walls

    Thanks I will check that site out
  5. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    erie, PA
  6. biggjay96x

    biggjay96x Veteran Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Akwesasne NY
    10' walls, scissor trusses over the lift regular trusses for the rest

    BLUE72CAMARO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    Bunker Hill, IL
    my opinion at 30 x 30 x 10 you cant put the lift in the middle where your added height would be with the scissor or vaulted rafters as you wouldnt have room to park anything on either side of it. Go with 12 foot side walls which shouldnt cost a ton more and the vaulted rafters should get you the room you need quickly enough to be able to slide the lift off to one side so you can park a car on the other side of the garage. If your looking to put 3 cars in you better go wider in my opinion.
  8. 80 Z28

    80 Z28 Veteran Member

    Was just looking for a big double. I could go three car but would have to apply to the city to go that big. Also I still want access to my back yard so there will be a small carport beside the garage with access to the yard.
  9. southern-breeze

    southern-breeze Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2004
    north alabama
  10. sickfast1964

    sickfast1964 Veteran Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Corinth, Tx
    I just finished mine ...... Take a look at the thread. 10 ft side walls. 15 ft ceiling. In the middle. Plenty of height for an auto lift.

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