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Forum topic by therookie posted 03-14-2011 02:29 PM 1073 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2011 02:29 PM

I was just thinking while I was sitting in CAD this morning. I was designing my shop in Auto CAD, and thought about making it a two story 50’x100’ shop space. the bottom floor would be my shop with everything in it, then the second floor could be my house to live in. My question to everyone out there, is what do you guys and gals think of that. When I look at it, I said that both stories would have 14’ ceilings and the top would have more rooms than the bottom, but it was just a thought of building one building on a plot of land rather than buying a house and building a 50’x100’ shop.


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#1 posted 03-14-2011 02:35 PM

Sounds great, except that you will still track sawdust into the upstairs. And what about when you get older?
climbing stairs can be hard thing for old people. When I was young I used to laugh at my grand parents when they talked about two story houses. I don’t laugh any more.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 02:36 PM

Despite all your best efforts, some dust will probably get into the upper level.

My father-in-law did this but he did not put in a direct stairs from the upper to lower level. Rather, the only stairs to the lower level is from the garage. That helped the dust situation.

Of course, there is also noise to consider if you will have family upstairs.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 02:40 PM

Yes I can see some of the issues. Mainwoodworks: I realize when I get older, that it will be hard but they make those fancy chair thing to ride up and down the stairs, I might just build one.

Rich: I am sure that the noise will be an issue, but I am sure that there is a way to dampen it, and I just thought that if I do have a family, once the kids get old enough, they will be gone at school and my wife will be gone at work during the day so i dont know.


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#4 posted 03-14-2011 02:57 PM

You can do some serious sound-proofing between the two floors to make it very tolerable, or even not noticeable. Look into poured concrete floors for the upper level. 6”+ cement is a huge noise barrier.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 05:13 PM

Living in Michigan, and having 14’ ceilings is going to be one big heating bill, but it would be nice in the summer.

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 08:46 PM

I have plans almost exactly the same!
I have mine planned for a sloping lot that allows vehicle access to both levels with a garage on the same level as the house because my wife would have a tough time with stairs now!
I figured that I would just bunk in the shop if I got to the point I couldn’t climb the stairs.
What better way to get a little peace and quiet eh? ;)~

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 09:05 PM

Wow , take one zero off of each number (50’ X 100’) and you have just about the amount of space I have now. I am hoping a single car garage is in the near future.

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 10:17 PM

I was thinking much what Rand was thinking:

140,000 cubic feet is a LOT of volume to heat, cool, humidify, etc.

And … yeah … it IS pretty difficult to keep ALL the dust from the shop OUT of the house, but … with a good combination of dust collector, shop air filtration, and weatherstripping around the door BETWEEN shop and home … you can do a pretty good job of it.

One thing that helps is maintaining a bit of NEGATIVE pressure in the shop. I use a twin-fan dealie that mounts IN my shop window, and is set for exhaust.

That way, when I open my stairway door, it tends to pull air FROM the house, rather than push dusty air FROM the shop.

Good luck ! Sounds like a pretty good problem to have :-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 10:47 PM

well looking at it now, I am thinking that 14’ ceilings in the shop is not a bad idea but in the house something like 8-10’ ceilings would be better than 14’ on top and bottom. I also dont plan on staying in Michigan, I was looking at up state NY or somewhere in Pennsilvania. But I dont know thanks for all of the comments thus far.


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#10 posted 03-14-2011 10:48 PM

Oh yeah and for the heating issue, I might do radient heat or buy/build an outdoor furnace that would heat 10,000 square feet.


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