|Forum topic by riddler||posted 01-07-2012 07:15 AM||2178 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
01-07-2012 07:15 AM
New guy here…
I am, or at least thought I was, in the market for a new saw when the wheels started turning. My current shop space is a 14×21 section of my garage. With limited dimensions, other tools, and swapping space with dirt bikes as they need maintenance, the largest space I have for a saw (on mobile base) is 40”x75” which pretty much puts me in the 30” fence category. The ceiling height is 12’, with 9×9 roll-up door and 30” walkout door in the back. I have made a curtain to separate the “shop” from the garage, but because of the already mentioned limitations, I spend as much time sweeping/blowing dust/moving tools back, as I do working on projects. And when the bikes need heavy maintenance, the tools can be in hibernation for long periods (all of last winter in fact).
I recently started re-insulating and framing our basement. I have about another 40’ of wall to complete then on to electrical and HVAC. My wife has generously agreed to me turning 460 sq ft of the basement in to a shop. This area also has another 324 sq ft of (currently continual) space that I will be using for winter storage of dirt bikes, bicycles, wood stock, etc. If I take the other space for a shop, I will be building doors to cordon off this area, as well as the remainder (~800 sq ft) of the basement. This 324 sq. ft. section also now has a 36” walkout door – back of basement is less than 8” below grade. The would-be shop area also has 2 windows above grade, and 1 below.
On to the dilemma – Which area do I choose?!?
Downside to the garage, other than size and shared space, is the floor has a heavy slope – near .2/12 pitch in one section. It is also very cold in the winter despite being insulated unless the space heaters are running 24×7.
Should I be concerned about the ceiling height in the basement? Some of my up-coming projects are wall units for 9’ high walls. I know they will be built laying down, but I fear I will be compelled to want to handle some of the detail while they are upright. The other required build-out issues wont be easy on the wallet, but I think I can look past it pretty quick in return for some good space. Also, if I take the basement area, should I do drywall or plywood for the walls (ceiling will be drywall). What about HVAC in this area – is it too risky to put in vents and returns, even if I filter the return?
Any solid insight would be greatly appreciated.