|Forum topic by tkeenan||posted 01-11-2017 09:30 PM||341 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-11-2017 09:30 PM
I have a detached 24×24 garage that I currently use as my shop area. I don’t take up all the space, but probably more than half. I’m looking at building an addition off the back of it to move the shop into. Probably around 20×16. The garage is built on a slope, so the back of it has full foundation pour that sticks out of the ground. My thought is to make the addition 2 floors (one at ground level in the back, the other even with the garage floor). Im trying to decide which level I should dedicate to be shop area….
Ground floor would be good because of weight issues, although this can be overcome with proper engineered framing. But, getting material from the driveway (which is even with upper level) down would be a pain. Not to mention moving all the tools and equipment. Ceiling height could also be somewhat of an issue. I’d be limited to about 7 1/2’. I would use the upper floor as general storage and maybe put in a home office.
If I put the shop on the upper floor, my main concern would be the weight of all the tools and equipment. But, like I mentioned I could probably solve this with proper framing to support the loads. I like the idea of being able to easily get material in and out of the shop, I wouldn’t have to carry it down and around the garage. If I go with this setup, I could also use the bottom floor to keep all the lawn and garden stuff (lawn tractor, shovels, etc.). Ceiling height would be better also. The garage has 10’ ceiling.
What would be your opinion?