|Forum topic by RexMcKinnon||posted 03-16-2011 11:13 PM||2571 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
03-16-2011 11:13 PM
Hopefully this year I will start my new (depending on who you ask, me or my wife) workshop/garage. Here is my general plan so far.
I want a 2 car detached garage with a loft for storage of seasonal items. 1 bay will be used regularly by my wife and the other will be mine. This bay will have tools setup with mobile bases so I have the option to put my car in if I want but most days my tools will take priority.
I thinking minimum 24’ x 24’ but I have space to go much bigger. Well my property has space to go much bigger but my wallet might not agree.
I don’t want to borrow money to do this so I am doing the project over 4 – 5 years. I know it is long but I gotta feed my kids also.
My general plan is this:
Year 1; Choose design/plan, get building permits and pour foundation.
My goal is to do as much as the work as possible but I will have no choice to hire help as I am not an expert builder and even if I was I don’t have any friends close enough that could come over and help for a few hours.
My goal of this post is to gather as much info as possible from all you LJs out there with the experience. I am looking for any advice but some specific things would be;
Size; I mentioned that I wanted minimum 24’ x 24’ but I think I would like to 28’ x 28’. What do you think? I know everyone thinks bigger is better and I agree but the all might dollar will decide in the end. In the end I want to open my car door and get out without acrobatics when my tools are stored against the wall. So I need a 2 car width with enough space on each side for work bench and storage.
I know I am asking a lot but I don’t want people going crazy to do my project for me. Unless you really, really want to ;). I really just want tips and starter points and I will do the research myself. I can’t research something I am not aware of is my reasoning behind this. Any links to resources are also welcome.
Thanks in advance.
-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!