|Forum topic by BentheViking||posted 10-20-2011 03:20 AM||1447 views||1 time favorited||36 replies|
10-20-2011 03:20 AM
So my wife and I are now settled in our temporary home until we are able to buy a house. Hopefully we will be all set within the next year, but we are starting the process now to better inform ourselves with everything. We have already looked at one and while I thought the spaces for a shop on the property were too small, she thought I was crazy to think I would take so much playspace from “our kids” (we were only married in April, and don’t plan on kids for another two years).
So what should I be looking for when considering potential spaces? Since I’m not a professional doing this for a living, I don’t need crazy amounts of space. My thought process is being able to run 4×8 sheets or 8 foot long pieces through a saw so I would need at least 16 or 20 feet long. What if it was 10 feet wide by 20 feet long? Would that be a crazy amount to want or no? Should it have its on access point if its in a basement? Would a hatch be suitable or should it be a door. Sheetrocked walls or bare studs? We have also talked about having a two car garage with one half being dedicated to a car park in the winter and one for a shop (not sure where bikes, mower, snowblower, etc. go). How much of a pain in the ass would it be to have to move everything around every time I want to use it? Or since I have the driveway would I be aided by having the extra space to set up everything and just put things in at the end of the day?
Big tools I would think I’d like to have is a table saw, miter saw, jointer (not sure how big), and a benchtop planer. Maybe other stuff, but that would be my first thoughts. Definitely have to have space for a workbench/assembly areas and plenty of storage areas for tools and things.
I would probably only have tools that run off 110v, so would not need to upgrade to 220, but I would possibly want to have an electrician make sure there is enough power to run multiple things at once without having to run out to the box to flip a breaker.
If we find our ideal home does not have enough space for me has anyone ever built a large shed (based on my guesses between 150 and 200 sq ft)? I have plenty of building skills so could do most of it myself, but what would the costs associated with doing this? If I went this route since I live in Connecticut I want things to be warm enough to work in the winter, so def some insulation and at least some space heaters?
I’m sorry if all of this sort of rambles on I just was hoping to get some info from all the expert LJ’s out there who have already done it. Any answers on this or anything else on the topic would be great. Thanks.
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