Trying to decide on the ceiling height of my future basement shop. I’m not looking for other LJ’s shop heights per se, but more of a gut reaction to my many limiting criteria:
I am 6’-3” and hate bending over in fear of bumping my head in life.
I am pouring a slab in my basement to mitigate confirmed radon anyway.
Since I am pouring a slab, I am choosing to dig out for the shop project. The minimum height I will have is 7’-2” to underside of joists. The maximum would be around 8’-3”.
My ceiling joists (or 1st floor floor joists) are solid oak from 1852 and therefore, very strong, but very shallow. 6” in height in joist bays.
My excavation/ concrete sub-contractor has told me that digging deeper than the 7’-2” from slab to joists will cost “hundreds more, not thousands”.
The operation as a whole is rather technical as you can see in this photo the granite basement wall IS the footing. This operation will ultimately include a structural and geo engineer to ‘extend’ the footings deeper into the ground.
I want to do this (as opposed to renting a shop, or building an addition) because I have to mitigate the radon anyway, and it would be great to have the finished shop in the house. The footprint of my house is maxed out due to our small lot.
My buddy (master woodworker) recommended I do 8’-3”-ish so I could stand up a sheet of 4×8 ply. Although this would be nice, I just don’t see needing to do this, too, too much. Wouldn’t 8’-0” do?
Should I consider dust collection at this point effecting ceiling height?
The dimensions of the floor plan are roughly 29’x34’. Nearly 1,000 s.f. Access is via exterior bulkhead with a potential interior stair in the future.
Height recommendation? Thanks in advance!
-- Less is More.....expensive