|Forum topic by BTimmons||posted 170 days ago||916 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
170 days ago
Right now I work out of half of a two car garage. The other half is filled with antiques and junk that needs to be given away or sold. Long story, it’s not even my stuff! My wife has been pining for her garage back so our cars can have covered parking once again, and I don’t blame her. She’s asked me to figure out how much it would take to build my own shop in the back yard from the ground up.
Keep in mind, this isn’t the “how much equipment can I buy with $3000” thread. I’m talking about building the physical structure that will then become my workshop. How much I can or will spend on equipment to fill the shop is not being discussed just yet.
I have no idea how much this will cost, and paying for it is the big problem. Either go into debt with a bank or ask my parents for an early inheritance? Can anyone hit me with high or low ballpark figures here? How much should the building and its electrical work cost me, before ANY tool budget is considered?
1) I’m estimating a floor plan at 12’ x 18’, with a small attached shed to keep lawn equipment in. I’ll be damned if I have to watch where I stand when hand planing because there’s a weed-whacker in the way.
2) I’m not 100% sure what kind of foundation I should go with, although I should mention that most houses in my area were built in the 1950’s with pier and beam construction. Apparently the soil in my area is more sandy than clay, so I guess that rules out concrete slabs?
3) Assuming there is no concrete work to be done, I know how to swing a hammer and use power tools, so I will be doing all the other construction tasks. That should include laying the foundation, framing, walls, windows, roofing, etc. The only task I’ll need to hire out for is the electrical work. I have no idea what I’m doing with electricity, and I have no qualms about admitting when I’m in over my head.
I know there are bound to be folks here that have done the same, so can you share your experience and advice? What say you good people? I need numbers here more than anything. Thanks!
-- Brian in Arlington, TX - Laziness is the foundation of efficiency.