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#1 posted 10-15-2011 05:50 PM

I just been through this situation myself and after budget considerations, I went with the 12’ x 30’ shed style. The first thing I did was to decide on how much space I needed. Since I was downsizing from a shop that the work area was 20’ x 20’ I needed to come close to that amount of space. My choice was a 12’ x 30’ as it was the closest to the last shop with only a 40 sq. ft. difference in size. Having a 10’ x 12’ shed for lumber storage and to house the 60 gal. air compressor covered the storage area of the last shop. This also made up the difference for the 40 sq. ft. loss. You can see my shop pics and see what kind of space this allowed me. The only drawbacks I have had so far are low ceilings (8’) and not able to break down sheet goods in the shop. If I was to do anything different the only change I would make would be to went with a Gambrel style roof to give me more storage and a extra room for a office.
If a 20’ x 20’ will give you the work space and storage that you need all in one building. Consider rectangular over square. It will make it easier to configure things for space efficiency.
Just my experience with the 2 sizes of shops.

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