How can I change the height of the Garage?

To change the height of the garage walls, select the “Modify” button while in the Plan view and select the submenu item “Wall Height”; modify the height as necessary.

To modify the foundation height of the garage, select the submenu item “Walls”. The Wall parameters dialog box will display, allowing the “Foundation Height” to be modified.  

How can I add or remove a window or door in the Garage design?


To add a door or window, while in the Plan view, click on the "Add" button.  A submenu with the options of “Window” and “Door” will display.  Select either Window or Door to display an alphabetical list of selectable windows and doors; select the appropriate choice.  To remove a window or door, while in the Plan View, select the “Remove” button.  A submenu will display either “Door”, “Window” or both, depending on what has been added to the garage.  Click on the appropriate door or window to be removed from the design.


How can I change the material of the window or check what type of window materials are offered?


Once a window has been added to a design, its material can only be changed by removing the existing window and adding a new one with the appropriate material. The “Add” option can be used to display different window material options.


Can I use the rafters for storage?


No.  The ceiling joists specified are not designed to carry loads.


Can I make Cripple studs different than the default size?


No.  There currently not a way to manually change the cripple stud length.


The default stud size for wall parameters is currently set at 2x4, and I would like set this at 2x6. Can you explain how I can change this?


Go to the Wall Parameters dialog box and change the Stud Size by clicking on the drop down list.  To get to the Wall Parameters dialog box click on the Modify drop down and select Walls.

When I create a design with 8’ tall walls the application seems to be selecting 10' tall studs for the design, how do I make certain I am only using 8’ boards?

Select Construction Preferences, then select Stud/Win-Dr Framing and change the Species/Treatment/Grade combination. This will allow you to select a board with the required length.

The application is not letting me select a stick built roof. The application is defaulting to trusses and not letting me change that option, what can I do?

Select the "Modify" drop down and then select "Rafters". Based on the size of the design, the application still may change it back to trusses if default store does not have long enough lumber to build a rafter style roof. You can also go to the "Modify" drop down, click on "Roof" and click on the "Yes" radio button for allow 2 piece joists. Then you will need to click on the "Modify" drop down and select "Rafters[JP1] ".

[JP1]You may also need to change the Species/Treatment/Grade of the lumber used for joists, rafters, or ridge boards to get the rafter roof to build.

When reviewing my design in the 3D view I am not able to see the Fascia what can I do?

 Currently the application will not show fascia in the 3D view.

What types of structures can I create?

Garage Designer designs square or rectangular free-standing garage structures. Garage Designer does not have the ability to add carports or lean-to carports.

Garage Designer does not create two-story structures with appropriate framing and placement of a floor. Garage Designer has a maximum wall height of 16 feet.

Garage Designer designs exterior structures and does not customize the interior design.