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Forum topic by greatview posted 03-23-2014 05:35 PM 926 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2014 05:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workspace shop city question

I’ve currently got a nice roomy shop (400 square feet) here in New Hampshire but, at some point, we’d like to relocate to Boston (in the city proper) and I don’t want to give up my shop space. I’ve thought of maybe renting shop space apart from our living space but I’ve been spoiled by being able to walk a few feet from home to shop. I’d hate to have to get on a bus or subway to go between the two. On the other hand, we might be able to find a large enough space to accommodate both shop and living space but I wonder about noise and dust issues and am not sure how I’d I get lumber or a piece of plywood into it.

Any suggestions?


-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 06:18 PM

You must mean 4000 sq ft? 400 is a closet. It’s my understanding that Boston has many restrictive ordinances, so having a shop making noise and dust in a residential area, may not fly. I lived there for 4 years.

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 06:31 PM

No, it is 400 square feet and measures 16 feet by 25 feet which is rather big for a closet!

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 10:20 PM

Hmmm space is tough in the city. There might be some warehouse space available for lease or sale, but where you find that may not be the part of the city you want to live in. Other options would include places that share workspace (not sure of any in particular, but I know they exist). Look for artist co-ops maybe. Also, try snooping around the North Bennet Street School in the North End. Maybe someone there will have ideas since some of the students live in the city. Good luck with your new house search!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 11:02 PM

400 SF is a little more than a closet, but depending on the scope of work and the machines you have its small.
In my scope I would be able to fit my tools in there, but wouldn’t be able to work.

Have you tried turning. I got into it last winter, and love it. You could get away with turning anywhere. What I love about it is that you can start and finish something nice in a few hours. It can be very simple or complex. It really is a great way to spend your time. you really don’t have to start out top of the line. I started with a $100 lathe that came with some tools.

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 06:23 PM

Pardon me; my math skills are not what they used to be.

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 02:48 AM

My daughter just bought a home in NH. We just came back from a visit. NH is beautiful. Stay there. Visit Boston for fun but stay in NH for the view and the space.


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#7 posted 03-26-2014 04:55 PM

To me, security would be a big issue. Large cities have more crime and a shop isolated from your residence would invite robbers. Try to find a place to rent close to a police station.
P.S. I also lived in Portsmouth for 2 years when I worked for the Navy yard.

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