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17 Custom Garages That Deserve a Double Take

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Dec 12, 2013

custom amish built garages

What's Inside? A Car or a Man Cave?

Storage buildings are my business, so it will come as no surprise to you that I admire garages with creative designs. It can be a garage owned by an individual or a parking garage used by hundreds of people every day. Some of them are just downright impressive! There are people out there who know how to make a garage look so incredible that you forget it was built to house a vehicle! This week's blog takes a look at some garages that will make you shake your head in amazement.

17 Custom Garages That Deserve a Double Take

  1. A Garage Transformed into an Office-This simple garage has been turned into a studio/office with overhead lighting, a concrete table and modern cabinets. Note the traditional garage door redone with plates of glass. This allows plenty of natural light to enter the office.
  2. A Garage Turned Lounge-Looking at these photos you may not believe the space was once a garage. The sliding overhead door gives it away! Brightly colored pictures on the walls, a modern sofa, chairs and even throw pillows work together to make this space an inviting place to relax.
  3. A Parking Garage to Remember-Located in Miami, this parking garage (also known as a 'parking sculpture') houses 300 cars. The natural light flows into this parking sculpture allowing people to enjoy a fabulous view of the city.
  4. The Kre House-This structure in Tokyo has the capacity to store nine cars. There is an interior elevator that lifts a car and deposits it into the living room!
  5. Marina City-This is a spiral parking garage in Chicago with a famous history. It was featured in a car chase scene in the 1979 movie, The Hunter starring Steve McQueen.
  6. "The Community Bookshelf"-This parking garage for the Kansas City Public Library features 22 gigantic book spines each measuring 25 feet in height.
  7. Jazzing Up a Garage-A plain garage has been turned into a brightly-colored workshop. Huge blue and white tiles on the floor and plenty of storage cabinets make it both decorative and practical.
  8. An Italian Garage-A homeowner has transformed his one car garage into a private getaway complete with palm plants. With a few comfortable chairs, lamps and coffee table this practical structure has become a relaxing area for friends and family.
  9. A Utilitarian Garage Turned into a Beautiful Space-Check out the before and after photos of a detached garage. A completely enclosed storage structure is opened up to let in natural light and serve as an airy studio/office.
  10. Coastal Retreat-This garage has become a peaceful living space featuring a collection of soft colors, stylish furniture and even skylights. The only clue as to the room's former identity is the familiar garage door and its horizontal track near the ceiling.
  11. Ballet Valet Parking Garage-This is a beautifully disguised parking garage in Miami Beach. The green, lush vegetation on the sides of the structure help to set it apart from the familiar concrete façade of most parking garages.
  12. Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Garage-This is one of the most colorful parking garages you'll ever see. It is environmentally-friendly complete with solar panels and plenty of natural light allowed to flow into the structure.
  13. A Hideaway in the Garage-From the outside it looks like an appealing place to store a car. The inside is cozily furnished and carpeted. The owner added a wall of windows and even a television.
  14. Michigan Theater-How about parking your car in a garage with cathedral ceilings? The Michigan Theater, built in 1926, went out of business in the 1970s. Now, it's a parking garage where drivers can stop to enjoy the gilded walls and ambience of this building. I never thought a parking garage could also be a historical site.
  15. Chesapeake Car Park Two-Located in Oklahoma City, this work of art also serves as a parking garage. The outside of the garage has a layer of wire mesh around it that reflects the light so its appearance changes throughout the day.
  16. Veranda Car Park-I would say the perfect word to describe this parking garage's design would be sleek. It has mirrored glass walls and is made of aluminum as well as steel. The natural light that pours in allows people to park their cars in a pleasant setting.
  17. A Garage Becomes a Living Area-This small garage has been transformed into a living area complete with sliding glass windows, wood floors and lots of natural light flowing in.

It's inspiring what both professional architects and your neighbors can do with a basic structure designed for practical uses. Thanks for reading! Alan

Topics: Garages, custom garages

Custom Garages from Alan's Factory Outlet

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Feb 22, 2013

Alan's Factory Outlet has several different types of custom garages to choose from.

The first kind of garage we will talk about are the custom metal garages which are built on site and come in 3 different roof line styles and many different widths and length.  You get to make the sidewalls the height you want along with picking which garage door size will work to fit everything you plan on storing inside the garage. 

metal custom garage

                                                    12x26 boxed eave metal garage

When you order your metal garage you can add a 36" walk in door and windows.  These doors and windows can be placed wherever you want them.  Here are some of the options and prices for the metal garages.  Keep in mind you can order by phone or you can buy the metal garages online.

The standard 1 and 2 car garages usually range from a 12' wide to 24' wide and the length start out 21' long and get longer in 5' increments up to 41' long and longer custom size garages are available.  If you go with a 41' or longer metal building it is strongly recommended that you go with the vertical metal garage which is made with the roof panels going up and down.  The reason for this is because the longest panel is 36' long so if you go longer than than and you get a boxed eave metal garage which looks just like the vertical except the roof panels run the length of the building or a regular style metal garage which has rounded sides this will create leaking issues and a weak spot in the garage that can be more prone to collapsing if a heavy snow is on the roof.  36' and under and all 3 custom garages would work fine.

The steel buildings can be custom made up to 40' wide and as long as you need them.  Here is a custom steel building made for warehouse storage.

custom steel buildings

                          40' wide custom steel building with 2 framed out openings on the side

The steel garages can be made taller to store a rv motor home with leg heights up to 12' tall legs on the 12' wide steel buildings and the 18' and wider structures can be made with up to 14' tall legs.  The tallest garage door we have is a 12x12 size garage door.  You will want to measure how tall your rv is at the peak height to make sure that size garage door will fit your rv.  Other options would be for us to frame out an opening if you need to get a custom larger size garage door after we install the building or a third popular option is to get one of the custom metal carports and just have the carport protect it from most of the rain, ice, snow and the sun.  You can partially enclose it for a little extra protection from the sun and weather by adding a 3' panel on both sides and maybe a gable in the back end.  You can put a gable in the front end but one thing to remember is if for example you have 12' legs carport a front gable will come across at the 12' height so as long as you don't have anything taller than 12' this will work.

The metal custom garages are delivered and installed for free in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The metal buildings do not have a floor so we recommend either a gravel or concrete foundation.

Another category of custom prefab garages at Alan's Factory Outlet are the Amish built garages.  They are made in wood, vinyl and board batten siding.  They are delivered fully assembled to your location as long are you are located in Virginia and West Virginia as these are the only two states that the Amish custom built garages are delivered.  These garages can be made with or without a floor.

custom 2 story garage

                                             24x24 barn roof 2 story garage without a floor

On the vinyl and wood custom garages you can go with a 1 car garage or a 2 car garage.  A single level or a 2 story garage are other options.  The two story custom garages are made with a stair case going up to a second level with 8' headroom on the first and second floor.

So as you can see there are many different types of custom garages to meet many different types of situations you are trying to solve and protect from the weather or theft.

If you could dream up a custom garage what would it look like?

Topics: Garages, custom garages, custom metal garages, custom built garages

Manufactured Garages to Keep Your Car Glowing Even When it is Snowing

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Dec 24, 2012

Manufactured Garages will help protect your vehicles from the Winter weather

manufactured 2 story garages

                                             24x24 2 story manufactured 2 car garage

The manufactured garages in wood, vinyl and board batten siding 2 story garages, single level two car garages and one car garages can be built with or without a floor.

Another type of siding of garages are the metal manufactured garages which are built on site and made without a floor.

Manufactured Garages Options at a Glance

  • 1 car garage or 2 car garage
  • single level or 2 story available on the Amish built wood, vinyl and board batten sidings because the metal garages are only built in single level
  • many different sizes to choose from
  • layout of windows and doors
  • pick the color of the garage

Alan's Factory Outlet wood, vinyl and board batten manufactured garages are assembled in the factory by the Amish and delivered fully assembled.  On the modular 2 car garages they are delivered in 2 sections and bolted together.  The prefab 2 story garages have a hinged roof that is raised and set up by the Amish.

The manufactured garages and barns made by the Amish are made with the same construction specs of most homes which is all plywood and 2"x4" side walls 16" on center.  They are built to go on either a concrete slab or a gravel foundation.

The garage packages on the Amish made garages come with many features standard like a garage door, single entry door and windows.  Don't need a garage door no problem, we can build any of the garages without a garage door with either a double door or a single entry door.  We can even take away the windows and provide you with a window credit or if you want extra windows they can be added to your shed or garage.

The metal garages on the other hand come standard in more of a base package without any windows or single entry doors, but they can be added for an additional cost.  One other new option available on the metal buildings is an automatic garage door opener which comes with a remote control which will make it even more convenient during those cold winter days and nights entering and exiting your garage now with a click of a button.

With us officially being in the Winter season and with many locations all ready getting snow, it is actually snowing right now in my location in Virginia.  So could it be time to get your car out in the snow and get it garage kept with no more shoveling snow off of it or digging your car out of the snow.  A prefab garage is one way to go about protecting your vehicle and making it quicker and saving you time to get your car out of the snow and on the go.

One other thing to get your car protected on a budget it to get a manufactured metal carport.  They are built on site in just a few hours to a half a day depending on the size and configuration.  A metal carport will keep most of the snow and ice off of your car or truck.

The steel framing on the steel carports is 14 GA and a thicker 12 ga tubing is available which gives you a 20 year rust through warranty.  The metal carports can also be made taller to fit a tall van, bus, tractor trailer or a motor home.  You can even partially or fully enclose it for even more shelter. 

As you can see there are many different ways at Alan's Factory Outlet to protect your car or other valuable items from the year round weather elements.

With tommorow being Christmas I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.  May God Bless you and yours.  Happy Birthday Jesus!

Thank You, Alan

Topics: Garages, Prefab Garages, manufactured garages

One Car Garage with 3 Siding Options

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Mar 16, 2012

one car garage wood garages

                 One Car Garage, Wood Garages

1 car garage vinyl garages

                  1 Car Garage, Vinyl Garages

single car garage board batten garages

             Single Car Garage, Board Batten Garages

Alan's Factory Outlet one car garage is available in 3 siding options.  All three of the one car garages shown in each of the pictures is the barn roof.  An a-frame roof is also available if you prefer the gable roof over the 1 car garage barn style.

All of the wood, vinyl and board batten garages can be built with or without a floor.  They also have a 9'x7' insulated garage door, single 3' door and two windows with two gable vents for ventilation.

Wood One Car Garage

The wood one car garage comes with T1-11 siding which is painted with two coats of commercial grade paint and trim color can also be different with 15 paint colors to choose from.  The wood garages currently come in two different lines.  One is called the standard heavy duty and the other is the deluxe heavy duty.  The standard one comes with 25 year 3 tab shingles, 5 pressure treated 4"x4" runners and 2"x4" floor joists 12" on center with 3/4" Pressure Treated Floor.  The key difference is the deluxe comes with your choice of either a 30 year architectural shingle with felt paper or a metal roof and the floor joists are pressure treated on the deluxe line.

Vinyl 1 Car Garage

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish built vinyl garages have a 1/2" plywood interior and 4" dutch lap vinyl siding.  They come with your choice of a 30 year shingle roof or a metal roof.  The whole floor system is pressure treated or can be built without a floor to be placed on a cement slab.  The 3' single door on the vinyl one car garage is fiberglass unlike the wood 1 car garage which has a single wood door.

Board Batten Single Car Garage

The rustic look of the board batten garage starts with the 1" thick eastern white pine siding with board and batten strips.  An optional stain is available on the board batten single car garage.  The characteristic that really sets the board and batten one car garage apart from the vinyl and wood garages is the floor.  The floor starts out the same with five p.t. 4x4 runners but then it comes with 4"x4" pressure treated floor joists and as the floor you get a 2" thick by 6" tongue and groove plank floor, talk about strong.

This prefab garage is delivered fully assembled for an easy turn key portable garage that is ready for you to to start enjoying immediately.

The wood, vinyl and board batten 1 car garages are delivered for free in 21 local counties in Virginia and West Virginia.  If you need something a little bit bigger we also have a 2 car garage and a 2 story garage.  They are made in all three of the sidings you just saw on the 1 car garage.

Another type of garage that is only made without a floor and available for delivery in 27 states in the USA are the metal garages.  The metal garages are built on site in 1 day on most of the sizes.

Topics: Garages, one car garage, 1 car garage, single car garage, Garage

2 Car Metal Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

2 car metal garage

                        2 Car Metal Garage

Alan's Factory Outlet 2 Car Metal Garages are custom built in the size, style and color that you want.  The 2 car metal garages can be made with garage doors ranging from a 6x6, 8x8, 9x8, 10x8, 10x10 and a 12x12 garage door.  The garage doors on the metal 2 car garage are now available with several different colors.

2 Car Metal Garages are delivered and installed for free in 27 states in the USA:  AL, AR, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

2 car metal carports are also available if you want the sizes and ends open.  The steel carports are delivered to the twenty seven states the same as the steel garages.  The steel buildings are available in may other sizes and styles to suite you.

Amish built wood and vinyl 2 car garages are delivered as fully assembled portable garages.  The wood and vinyl garages are delivered in Virginia and West Virginia.  They are made with or without a floor compared to the metal buildings and carports that are built on site and only come with no floor.

Metal 2 Car Garage Options

  • 12 GA thicker steel tubing with 20 year rust through warranty
  • 13 different colors
  • Barn roof, a-frame roof and vertical a-frame roof which aids in snow sliding off
  • Taller legs up to 12' leg height
  • Single entry door and windows

Thanks for reading this blog on the 2 car metal garages at Alan's Factory Outlet.  Please feel free to share this article with family and friends who may be looking for a metal garage or metal carport or add a comment or question of your own.

Topics: Garages, carports, metal garages, 2 car metal garages, 2 car metal carports

Prefab Garages For Sale

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Feb 16, 2012

Prefab Garages For Sale

Alan's Factory Outlet prefab garages for sale are built in a wood, vinyl and board batten modular prefab garages.  They come in a single level two car garage and a two story garage.  The modular prefab garages for sale are custom built with or without a floor depending on your needs.  This 2 story 2 car garage in the video is built floorless and placed on a concrete pad.  You get to pick the location for the doors and windows with may options available such as extra doors, windows or maybe you don't want any windows in the modular garage.

prefab garages for sale

The Amish built prefab modular garages are delivered for free in 21 local counties in Virginia.  Delivery is available in all of VA and WV on the modular garages for sale.  These garages are delivered fully assembled with the two car garage delivered in two sections and the 2 story garage has a hinged roof which is raised on site.

Another type of the prefab garage that instead of being delivered as a modular garage fully assembled it is built on site.  They are the metal garages which are delivered and installed for free in 27 states in the USA.  The metal garages service area are in these states:  AL, AR, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MS, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA and WV.

The prefab metal garages are only available without a floor.  They are also anchored for free to the ground, asphalt or cement.  The metal buildings are made in a variety of sizes and styles of one, two and three car garages.  If you just need a car cover or a roof shelter than the metal carports are installed in the 27 states.  Metal carports can be partially or fully enclosed on the sides and the back end.  They can be made with 12' legs to help protect your motorhome or rv with sun, rain, snow and hail with a metal rv carport cover.

Please leave a question or comment about the prefab garages for sale at Alan's Factory Outlet.

Topics: Garages, Prefab Garages, modular garages, garages for sale, prefab garages for sale

Metal Prefab Garages

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jan 12, 2012

Prefab Metal Garage Kits

metal prefab garages

The metal prefab garages at Alan's Factory Outlet are delivered as a prefab metal garage kit and built on site. On the arrival of most of our prefab garage kit sizes, they are easily built in as little as one day. When your order arrives, the only thing we need is a level area so when we setup the metal garage the windows, door, and garage door open and shut properly. These metal prefab garages are custom-built in one of three styles - regular, boxed eave and vertical. They are also available for purchase online and in 13 different colors. When you buy one of our prefab metal garage kits you will get to pick the width and length along with the leg height that will best meet your needs. If you don't need a fully enclosed garage we also have metal carports for sale, which can be left fully open or built partially closed. The metal prefab garage in this picture is shown on a gravel base. Other bases which can be used would be an asphalt driveway, cement pad or, to save money, our prefab metal garage kits can be set up on the ground.

What to think about when buying a metal prefab garage

Before ordering one of our prefab metal garage kits for your property, there are several things that should be taken into consideration. Careful planning will help you to choose the best prefab garage for your needs.

  • Do you have a level area on your property for the metal garage and if you don't are you willing to level an area or get someone to level an area for the garage?
  • What size width, length and height do you need today and looking into the future do you see your needs changing on what you plan on storing in the metal garage?
  • Decide on a budget and how you plan on paying for the metal building. Do you want to pay by a check, credit card or explore financing options? Along the lines of the budget are you just looking for the most economical option or do you want the strongest possible metal garage such as the vertical roof style or maybe you want to go with the more economical route but add a couple of options to make it a little stronger such as a thicker 12ga tubing or making it fully braced.

Alan with Alan's Factory Outlet is here to help you with your metal prefab garages purchase. If you live in the area of the display lot at 643 West Main St. Luray, Virginia please feel free to visit or you can email your questions or call Alan about the metal prefab garages at 540-743-1272.

Topics: Garages, metal garages, metal prefab garage, metal garage, prefab metal garage

Amish Built Sheds and Garages are Delivered Fully Assembled

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jan 5, 2012

Alan's Factory Outlet storage sheds and modular garages are built by the Amish and delivered from the factory to your backyard.  They are finished and ready for you to start using immediately.  Since it is fully assembled there is no need for you to build it saving you time, money and giving you the peace of mind of a turn key shed or garage solution.

amish built sheds and garages

Amish built sheds and garages are built in 1 story storage buildings and 2 story sheds and 2 story garages with your choice of a single wide or double wide 2 car garages.

amish built 2 story garage

                            24x24 2 story 2 car garage

The Amish made structures are delivered in all of Virginia and West Virginia with free delivery to most of Northern Virginia in 21 local counties in VA along with several counties in WV.

3 Siding Options on the Amish Built Sheds and Garages

  1. Wood Sheds and Garages
  2. Vinyl Sheds and Garages
  3. Board Batten Sheds and Garages

Here is a video tour of one of the wood storage sheds which is a 10x16 size 4' mini barn.

If your looking for a garage and you reside outside of VA and WV we do have metal garages and metal carports which are delivered and installed for free in 27 states in the USA.

To talk a look in person at the Amish built sheds and garages you can visit Alan's Factory Outlet at 643 West Main Street in Luray, Virginia.

Please feel free to ask a question or share a comment about the storage sheds and modular garages.

Topics: Garages, Sheds, amish built garages, amish built sheds, Sheds and Garages

Detached Garage Buying Guide

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Oct 19, 2011

Prefab Detached Garage

detached prefab garage

Alan's Factory Outlet detached prefab garage is built in wood detached garages, vinyl detached garages and metal detached garages.

The wood and vinyl detached garage is built by the Amish and delivered fully assembled to your home.  The wood and vinyl prefab garage can be built with or without a floor.  The recommended base for the detached garage is either a gravel pad or a concrete slab. 

detached 2 car garage

The wood and vinyl detached garage comes in a one car garage and a detached 2 car garage.  There is also one more option for these garages and that is whether you want to go with a one story or a detached two story garages.  The two story buildings can be built in an a-frame or barn roof.

prefab 2 story garages

The metal garages are built on site and only come without a floor.  The metal building is built in three styles called regular style which is a barn roof and boxed eave and vertical.  The boxed eave and vertical both have the a-frame roof but the vertical is made with the roof sheeting up and down which helps the snow slide off. 

detached metal garages

One of the key advantages that the metal garages have is since they are built on site we can make it a lot taller with up to 12' legs and with a garage door up to 12x12 in size which gives you a garage door large enough for a motor home or tractor trailer.  The metal buildings are built in a 1 car and 2 car garage.

The wood and vinyl detached garages are delivered and installed in Virginia and West Virginia.

The metal garages are delivered and installed for free in 19 different states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Alan's Factory Outlet wood, vinyl and metal detached garages are on display at 643 West Main St. Luray, VA 22835.

Topics: Garages, detached garage, detached garages, Garage, Prefab Garage

Alan's Factory Outlet Wood, Vinyl & Board Batten Sheds and Garages

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Oct 15, 2011

Alan's Factory Outlet Amish Sheds and Garages are Delivered fully assembled to your Home.

vinyl storage sheds virginiaAlan's Factory Outlet has Amish built wood storage sheds, vinyl storage buildings, board and batten sheds and cedar sheds and garages.

This picture is a 12x16 vinyl dutch barn.  The vinyl sheds and garages are built in a variety of sizes and styles.  Here are the vinyl shed prices.  The vinyl garages are made in a barn roof like this picture and also a high wall a-frame version.  The vinyl garage prices and sizes are all built to order meaning we build all of the sheds and garages to your specifications including size, style and colors.  There are also many options available on all of the sheds and garages such as ramps, lofts, workbenches, ridge vent, extra single or double doors, additional windows, pressure treated floor, thicker 3/4" floor, closer 12" on center floor joists, glass in the single or double doors and garage doors.

The vinyl sheds and garages are built with 4" dutch lap vinyl siding which has a limited lifetime warranty.

wood sheds alans factory outletAlans Factory Outlet wood sheds and garages are built in many different configurations.  The wood shed shown here is a 10x16 quaker shed with a porch.  The porch is also available on all the other siding options.  The sheds with porches are called pool house sheds.  Here is a list of the sizes and prices on the wood sheds.  The wood prefab garages can be built with or without a floor.  The wood garage prices are also on Alan's Factory Outlet website.

Wood sheds and garages are built with t1-11 siding which has a 25 year warranty.  The wood sheds and garages are painted in your choice of 15 different colors to give you a building that matches your home and looks like it was meant to be there.  

board batten garagesAlan's Factory Outlet board batten sheds are garages are built with 1" thick eastern white pine siding with board and batten strips.  The interior of the board and batten sheds and garages is made with oak framing.  Another characteristic that makes the board and batten buildings unique is the floor which on the other wood and vinyl sheds consists of 5/8" plywood but on the board and batten sheds and garages is made with a 2"x8" tongue and groove plank floor.

The board batten shed prices and board batten garage prices are also on Alans Factory Outlet website.

Alan's Factory Outlet has free delivery on the wood sheds and garages, vinyl sheds and garages and board batten sheds and garages to 21 local counties in Virginia.

Alan's Factory Outlet has a display area of sheds and garages located at 643 West Main St. Luray, Virginia.        

Topics: Alan's Factory Outlet, Garages, Sheds, alans factory outlet sheds and garages, Sheds and Garages

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