|Forum topic by dpop24||posted 06-14-2011 11:27 PM||3256 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
06-14-2011 11:27 PM
We just bought a new house which is going to get a remodel before we move in. I was excited to design a 16’x25’ dedicated shop into the plans. While that’s only 400 square feet, it seems HUGE compared to the teeny 100 square feet I have now that’s shared with storage, etc. I usually end up taking my tools and sawhorses into the garage or driveway to do any work now. This has convinced me that I don’t want to share space with my truck, I want a dedicated space no matter the size.
Well, our contractor just came back with his cost estimate and it was $150,000 OVER BUDGET. After cutting some of his overhead and planning to do a bunch of the work and material purchasing on my own, we squeezed it down to only $75,000 over budget so I’m needing to cut some more. This will effectively eliminate my shop and I’ll be stuck building my own elsewhere on the property.
Local county regulations stipulate that you can put 200 square feet of outbuildings without obtaining a permit, so I’m actually thinking I may try to stay in that size range (10’x20, 12’x16’, or 14’x14’). I marked off 14’x14’ in the garage and initially it looks doable. THEN, I started marking off the space required for work benches, my table saw, power tools, storage and it got small REAL fast.
I’ve spent an obscene amount of time trolling through the workshop pages to see other 200 square foot shops for ideas, but it’s not organized in a manner which facilitates finding small shops easily so I come across as many shops that could fit the Taj Mahal inside as I do shoe-box sized shops. My initial thinking is to just dump a Tuff Shed away from the house a bit, run electrical service over there and call it a shop.
So, my request of the fabulous LJ community is for those with very small shops, please post pictures or ideas, or point me in the direction of your workshop page, I would greatly appreciate it!
Here are the tools I need to find homes for in this tiny space:
-Ridgid R4511 Granite top table saw
-Benchtop planer (not purchased yet)
-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why