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Blog entry by Bikerdan posted 02-27-2018 06:39 PM 1629 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am building a shop!!! I’m so excited to have this experience. I know it might be hard, there will be issues, it will be time consuming, but the rewards are many! I hope to put this experience in a blog format here to document my experience and hopefully help those of you with questions and that might be thinking about taking on their own project like this.

In this entry, I just want to introduce myself and give a brief description of my project.

I am an amateur wood worker and tinkerer. I consider myself fairly handy and love building and fixing things. I’ve been doing most of that in a small corner of a full two car garage. I have recently been put in a position where I can do something about it. I have a small portion of my yard that I have decided will be perfect for a detached shop. Like I said before, I love building things and this falls within that category. It doesn’t hurt that I can save thousands of dollars doing it myself.

I will be building a 16’ x 22’ foot stick built shop with a monolithic foundation that includes a small curb wall in order to raise the bottom of the wood framing the required 6” above grade allowing it to sit flush with an existing cement pad. It will have a window, a man door, and an 8’ x 10’ garage door. My plan is to do as much of it as I feel comfortable with. That includes the framing, roofing, electrical and some of the finish. I will sub out the cement and stucco required by the city to match my home. I also decided I would try to save some money on plans and make them all myself. If I fail, I can always go buy them somewhere. :)

Well good news! My plans were approved and I just got my building permit yesterday!!! Woo hoo! They aren’t the best plans, but they were enough to do the trick. I’ll include those plans here so everyone can see. (Don’t make fun of me… :))

I have been talking with the subs that I will hire out and have a meeting to discuss details going forward coming in the next couple of days.

I estimate this project to cost me about $12,000. That doesn’t really include anything I build inside the shop such as shelves and storage.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope it helps you. I’m always open to suggestions so if you have something helpful, please feel free to chime in with them.

Here are my plans. (I know parts of it are a little unprofessional, but it was enough to get the building permit…)



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Hermit

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#1 posted 02-27-2018 07:26 PM

Congrats on getting your plans approved! You’re going to have a blast Building this shop.
Couple suggestions…put the garage door opener on the side of the door. It frees up the ceiling and looks nicer. Would still put a receptacle there but put a pull down hose reel in that spot. Our shops are almost identical. I would plan on 6-4’ led light fixtures which will give you plenty of light even with the single 4 foot window. 5 might be pushing it. 6 for sure will light that place up. Enjoy the build.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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Fresch

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 08:24 PM

More lights, mine is 12×16’ with 8’4” ceiling, I have 6 glass industrial fixtures that had 300 watt lamps in them now have (3) 82w compact fluorescent and (3) 100w equivalent LED and (2) one lamp 4’ LED strip lights over the windows that are sliding door glass turned sideways on south facing wall.

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Bikerdan

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 10:12 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Love the idea of a pull down hose reel there. Light is a big issue in my current work space. I will definitely make sure I have enough lighting.

Hermit – I’d love to know more about your shop and how you have it setup if it’s close to the same size and layout.

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 02:06 AM

Nice! I’m in a very similar situation. Need to move my projects out of the basement and have decided to do the same thing. I’m doing 15’x30’ with a little loft space above. Your plans look great. I’ll be watching your progress…and learning along with you! Please keep us posted, and good luck.

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Bikerdan

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#5 posted 02-28-2018 03:40 PM

Thanks SemperSailor. Good luck with yours as well. Hope to see your progress too!

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489tad

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#6 posted 03-01-2018 06:14 AM

Congratulations and enjoy the journey.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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SemperSailor

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#7 posted 03-04-2018 11:29 AM

Just posted my plans on a separate blog, Bikerdan. Can’t wait to get going. I’ve been advised a few times now to add more windows for natural light and add as much interior lighting as possible, so I’m re-thinking my window plan. I might even consider a long dormer with transom-style windows for more light. I’ve never even built a roof before, so dormers might be “too long of a putt” for me at this point. We’ll see.

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Hermit

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#8 posted 03-04-2018 01:05 PM

I could see more windows if you were building a bigger shop. In my 20×22’ shop I wouldn’t want to give up valuable wall space to get more natural light. Before deciding you’re going to add more windows, carefully plan on where your dust collector and ducts will go. Will your duct design take up wall space? Will you have upper cabinets on your walls?
Any lumber storage planned on walls? That will require a good amount of wall space. Where will you hang your clamps? If on the wall that will require a lot of wall space. Heating and air? That takes up wall space. Shelving, tool storage etc….takes up wall space. I’m not sure what you’re going to be working on that requires that much natural light but chances are, you’ll have the lights on anyway. Just my opinions and i dont regret not putting in more windows. Keep us posted. Looking forward to following your build.
One other recommendation, several plugs on the exterior. Sometime this year, I will be adding to the back of my shop a dedicated spray/finish booth. Not huge, approximately 3’ deep x 8’ long with a shed type roof. I have power ran to the area.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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Bikerdan

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#9 posted 03-04-2018 02:20 PM

All great points. I thought about the natural light as well. My choice of one window boils down to wall space. Wall space is just to valuable. I will need all the storage space I can get. I will just have to compensate with more overhead lighting. I love the idea of some external outlets. Those will really come in handy! Thanks for the feedback guys.

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