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12-26-2009 08:42 PM

We are excited as we placed a bid on 2 lots next to each other that total 2.25 acres. The land is zoned rural and so I do not think there are any restrictions on it. I elected to have a 7 day option period to ensure I can build a workshop on it. A fella down the road has two large dump trucks parked and has as large pole barn set up. There are some trailers around the area, maybe not where I would raise my chidren. The location is less then a mile from downtown Lytle (20 miles from San Antonio), TX so the location is not too remote at all.

I am excited myself. Currently we run a cabinet shop out of our home. Our home is two story and large so we build the cabinets in the garage and bring them inside in what would be the downstairs ‘formal’ living room for finishing process. We turn off HVAC and have lots of windows for ventilation. I have even considered switcing to water based lacquer because of our current situation.

We intend on placing a 60’ by 40’ on slab foundation on the lot. I have entertained the purchasing two 30’ by 40’ units and laying a 30’ by 100’ slab and allowing a ‘breezeway’ or drive through area between the two separate shops and adventually closing in the breezeway down the road. Just a thought though. We do plan on also building, probably a frame built 20’ by 30’ building on the lot for spraying finishes. This way we can keep the spray booth totally separate from the shop.

I know our capabilities with how we are currently set up, we can complete a full kitchen counting install in about 5 or 6 weeks or maybe quicker. I am confident with having a fully operational shop we will work even faster and more efficient. Plus we will end up doubling our sf in our home since we will get the shop out of here.

Any suggestions welcome.


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#1 posted 12-26-2009 08:47 PM

Good Luck

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 10:16 PM

Too Cool! I am a little envious. LOL Good luck and post pics when you start the build.

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#3 posted 12-26-2009 10:32 PM

Check the water table depth – Ask the neighbors if they have a producing water well. This could save you tons of $$$ in the long run.
Otherwise, good luck (from a Jealous Austinite)


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#4 posted 12-27-2009 02:37 AM

Thanks for the responses. Just to clarify, not that trailers makes it a bad area, just re reading my post and seems to sound as if that is what I am saying, but not really. My dad lived in a single wide all his life and I think he was a good guy. The area just does not present as the prettiest, though the neighbors may just as well be the nicest, or maybe the meanest, who knows? Just seems to be the perfect place for a cabinet shop though, in fact a shop called ‘Creative Cabinets’ is less that 1/2 mile down the road from the lot. They do not know me and I don’t suspect I would compete with them directly since I tend to get a lot of my business from referrals and minimal (free) advertisement so I would not be pitching any big signs and I would not be looking for locals as my target area. Also, we would not be living there so that sort of concerns me some. Security would be a big concern. A insurance policy would be our first line of defense. A 6’ chain link fence would be a must, along with motion detector lights (I understand bad guys don’t like to work with the lights on), and a Cujo sitting just inside the main door.

Ehegwer, the area has local city water plumbed to the area, they say it pumps from a natural spring and is good water. Sewage I am not sure of. One of the lots has a house on it, the house looks to be from early 1900s or older, it is peir and beam with crawl space and looks in horrible condition so it would have to be removed. My wife recommended a controlled burn to get rid of it, I think that would be the fastest and easiest way.

Any other suggestions are very welcome.

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 03:03 AM

Good luck with the bid. Let us know how you make out. I’d love to have enough space to set up a heated shop big enough to house my tools, separate dust collector and compressor room, separate finishing room. I’m jealous!

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