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#1 posted 01-11-2017 10:28 PM

Charley is on the money with having the shop on the garage-level floor. The lower level may also be used for storing lumber. 20X16 is not going to be used up by storing garden equipment.

Overbuild the floor is just what I would do. There are also a number of options, such as I-joists, as Charley mentioned, also, glue-lam, open-web, and LVL.

For the roof, I would use rafters, not trusses. With trusses, the attic space will be filled with truss webbing. Rafters leaves the attic space free. Do mind how much you expect to store, and probably add at least 20%, to make shure the attic floor will handle the loads.

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