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- The Craigslist Ninja -

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I just bought a house on 2.5 acres in Arlington off the Jim creek rd, and I am planning on having a shop built.

What size shop do you guys have?

I am thinking of 28x28 or 28x32?



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I think mine is 24x30. My thoughts on safes and shops are get the biggest you can fit and afford. Never heard anyone say they wish their shop was smaller.

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48x32 with a 32x18 loft. Wish it was bigger, but only have 1/2 acre. My brother's shop is 32 wide x 60 deep. Deeper is better! LOL



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I think I'd rather have a deeper shop than wider, that way you can have the car all the way in, still have room in front and behind it to work in the winter with the door closed, and have a bench/shelves in front of it.

My garage is 24x24 and its tiny when you account for the shelves and storage on the walls and bench. 4 more feet deep really isn't enough IMO. 10ft deepr? yes.
i would want at LEAST 34x28 D/W

Bigger is always better if you can make it work on the property/budget.






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- Mike -
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Mine is an odd size at 32x62 and it’s great, but, I’d build a 40x60!

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- Shane -
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i just have a 2 car garage....its too small...years ago i had 4.8 acres and a 40x40 shop...loved it...

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- Mike -
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26ft. wide x 32ft. deep, only a 9ft ceiling. 18ft wide single garage door really helps access from the alley with 2 vehicles side by side.

I have plenty of room for the Camaro parked sideways all the way in and on the sides of the vehicles with shelving.  Depth is enough to remove an engine(I have no inhibiting shelving in the deep wall) even with the Camaro...just have to be creative with the hoist.  I just wish it were taller to add a 2 post lift.

It'd be dangeous for me if it were bigger = stuff it with more than I need.



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20x10, and 1 car stall. It's a tight fit. One of those big shops would be a dream.











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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Eric, First of all congrats!!! You've been in my shop and are free to come look at it again. 32Wx40Dx16H. Would be good for you to take another look and see if thats wide enough for you. Mine could definitely be bigger but would prefer deeper since i park cars one in front of the other. I also don't like having to move cars to get cars out so if I had the space it would be wide and not deep. With your dimensions you don't need to worry about that. But I agree deep enough for a car with benches and shelves and to still be able to use a cherry picker!

It depends on how much work you are planning to do and how many cars you want in there. I think 28x32 is maybe enough space if you are just planning to tinker on 2 cars and take on medium projects, engine builds etc. Definitely not enough room for a frame off with one other car in there. Does the house have an attached garage? That would help. Lets us know your plans and I think we can give a better idea on needed dimensions.

Here are pics when I first finished it.  Now I have a 4 post in front of where the 66 is and a 2 post in front of where the truck is.  During winter I move the center tables to the barn and put a car on casters that gets rolled into the middle for storage income. 

 Only pic I have of how it looks now:

 

 



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Also spend some time on garagejournal.com. Awesome site that will give you lots of ideas. Go to the forum and look at the garage gallery section. I'm sure you will find builds of similar sizes that will let you picture it a bit better.

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Thanks for the replies.

Brett, the new house has a pretty good sized 2 car garage. It's deeper than the one I have now.

Cool site. Thanks for the link

 



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Finally got tired of living next to Rambo? biggrinbiggrin

 

Seriously, will be a nice upgrade for you, good luck with it.



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30X48 and 40X70

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Congratulations on your new place Eric! I'm in the same boat. I've been looking into having a shop built but am trying to decide on what size and whether to have it built by stick or go the pole building route. Which way are you thinking of going? Are you planning on having a lift in it? From what I've read you'd probably want at least 10-12' ceilings if you wanted to have a lift inside.  



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Toddney wrote:

Congratulations on your new place Eric! I'm in the same boat. I've been looking into having a shop built but am trying to decide on what size and whether to have it built by stick or go the pole building route. Which way are you thinking of going? Are you planning on having a lift in it? From what I've read you'd probably want at least 10-12' ceilings if you wanted to have a lift inside.  


 I will most likely go stick built to match the house.



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You can do pole building and fully finish it and side it. It is a less expensive route than full stick-built. Just an alternative to think about. Spane is a company that has great examples of fully finished pole building structures. www.spane.com

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Dave wrote:

Finally got tired of living next to Rambo? biggrinbiggrin

 

Seriously, will be a nice upgrade for you, good luck with it.


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So.....Any gear heads want to buy erics old house?  The neighbors are cool as hell

 

 



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That was a pretty sweet deal, having an extra set of hands when needed. But, look at it this way, soon you'll have a lift to go visit.

Eric, I have sat down years ago and drawn out pretty much My dream garage. Benches, welding area, and "garage" framed up inside with an exterior door, basically a clean room for parking where dust and the such wont affect the cars parked in there. Another room framed up to be a dirty room, vented to the outside, a place to grind, blast, and paint. 40'X60' came out to be the best option, it would have been perfect.

Check out pole buildings, much more cost effective, there are several big innovations that have really helped them to come down some in price. It can be finished to match the house no problem. Framing between the poles, and insulating as you go can really spread out the costs over time. Hell, When the time comes, if you want, I can sit down with you and go over a lot of the process. I built several during my time as a GC. I think I have the drawings on one of my old PC's.

I would also say to look into at least laying the pipe for radiant, several zones. Not that expensive to just get it in there at the time before the pour.

Watch this series of videos, this guy is pretty good. He uses a new pole system that uses engineered laminated poles, reduces the cost of excavation, labor, and concrete. 



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i definitely agree with running pipe for radiant heat. My dads shop has it and it's awesome. Easy to do before and hook up later. 



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I did that in my shop! 1,500' of 1/2" Pex on 5 zones. Laid it all myself and with like about 2,000 zip-ties later it was done! LOL

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