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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 06-09-2015 05:54 PM 799 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2015 05:54 PM

Looks like my family will be moving away from my hometown of Moore pretty soon. Unfortunately it is tornado highway of Oklahoma. Our home was leveled a few years back and we rebuilt. Now with kids I’d just rather move outside of the main danger zones. Fortunately though I think we just stumbled into a great deal on a brand new house with a pretty big lot. Looks to be between 1/3-1/2 acre. Waiting on the total size, but it looks like I can move out of the garage and into a workshop in the back. Great news!!!! I just need to design and build one. I’ve looked into buying a metal building or having someone build it, but I’m getting estimate in the $4,000 up with no electric or insulation, and not tied down. Does it seem feasible to anyone else to build a 15×20 shop for less than that? I believe I’ll have to the city come inspect the frame and electric because of the size, but it would still be worth it to design and build my ideal space.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#1 posted 06-09-2015 06:30 PM

A quick search on found a 14×30 foot steel shed kit for $4000.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 06:54 PM

Yeah, I’ve found some big kits and stuff, but I’m hoping to build, insulate, and wire for under the 4k price tag.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 08:55 AM

I do’t think you can get it all for your target of less than 4K. When you insulate I highly suggest using spray in foam. Unless you install batt insulation correctly (at least 90% of installers do NOT install correctly) the R value is greatly reduced. Plus the foam spray seals all of the small openings. I used the spray foam on my garage and in the winter (AZ at 5200 ft elevation) in the winter when it is the teens I can heat my garage (25×27) with a small elect heater that I got at Costco.

Also make sure you install lots of 120v and 240v outlets. I did not install enough 240v.
IMHO a 15×20 is too small but it really depends on what you will be using for tools.

My garage/workshop has door at the front and back so I get good airflow. On the back door I installed a screen door to keep the bugs out. I also installed two 52” ceiling fans and use them a lot.

In my shop I have 6-4 tube fluorescent lights and will be installing more but this time I will use the LED fluorescent replacements.

My walls and 10’ ceiling are painted with white enamel paint.

I did not install any light panels in the ceiling/roof but now wish I had done so.

If you are going to have an attic area make sure it is big enough so you can easily store things or work in the area when you discover you need to run more wires or pipes or whatever.

-- JohnT

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