|Forum topic by toolman946||posted 06-05-2010 12:59 AM||2869 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
06-05-2010 12:59 AM
Greetings fellow shop dwellers. I’ve sold my insulated, heated, electrified single car garage to my neighbour and will be replacing it with a new workshop. My local building code permits an outbuilding sized at 12.5 % of the total area of your land. I’m on a 50×100 foot residential lot, equaling a workshop of 625 square feet. I can go larger, to a degree, but would have to apply for a zoning variance that would add another 4 – 6 week delay to the project’s commencement.
I’ll admit that I’m OCD when it comes to collecting tools, so I could fill a workshop of 1,000 – 1,500 square feet very easily. Since I have 2 adult sons to whom I’ll be leaving my estate some day (not soon I hope!) I rationalize ownership of multiples of some largish tools (drill presses x 2; arc welders x 4; band saws x 4; mechanics chest and roll cabinet x 3; bench grinders x 3; air compressors x 3; tables saws x 2; thickness planers x 2; and single items such as metal lathe; wood lathe; milling machine; sandblast cabinet; 12” and 30” shear, pan-brake & slip roll combination units; and far too many smaller tools to mention [ex: 11 angle grinders… since I hate to change wheels and disks!]. A lot of my tools have been in storage (like my Delta Uni-saw and Delta dust collector system) since the single car shop is just too small to set them up.
Size options for my new shop are 25 ft x 25 ft OR 24 ft x 26 ft. Either of these configurations are 625 sq. ft. or less and do not require a zoning variance. Anything larger, like the 25 ft x 28 ft shop that I’d originally planned requires a zoning variance, but I’m confident that it would receive approval from the local government.
The roof system will consist of scissor trusses perched upon a 9 or 10 ft high wall, sitting on a 6 in. concrete curb poured into the slab. Since I do a lot of automotive repairs I’m definitely installing an automotive hoist that’s sold by a local supplier for $2,970.00 (9,000 lb. hydraulic 2 post hoist … very affordable! And very forgiving for my 58 year old bones by not having to roll around under a vehicle on jack stands). The wall height plus the cavity formed by the scissor trusses will nicely accommodate elevating a car or truck so that I’ll have 6 – 6 1/2 feet clearance under the vehicle.
My local electric company will run a 200 volt electrical service directly to the shop (with a separate electrical meter) for about $900.00 so trenching for underground cables is not an issue. I’ll run a natural gas pipe in an underground trench from the house to the shop for a direct vent, explosion-proof heating appliance. Spraying combustible paints, lacquer and such will be totally worry free… and no worries from combustible wood dust, too.
So here is my question: would you build 25’ x 25’ (for the extra foot of depth) or would you build 24’ x 26’ (for the extra foot of width)? Or will I regret not waiting the extra 6 weeks for zoning approval to enable building 25’ x 28’?
I plan to make a temporary partition, from time to time, between the “auto” shop area and the welding/woodworking area. Do you think the extra width (26’ or 28’) is more advantageous than the extra depth (25’)?
I’m also thinking of re-sale value in the distant future. Do you think most buyers would prefer a 24’ x 24’ garage with 26’ of grassy side yard or would a 22’ grassy side yard be enough for most non-shop types?
I appreciate all and any comments.