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Old 03-26-2008, 06:23 PM
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New Garage - Layout suggestions?

Hey all,
Well, as reward for agreeing to buy a house my wife loves, but has no shed, I'm getting a new one built!
It'll be 21x40x9 (6.5m x 12 x 2.7) with a 16" door at the skinny end. Also, at the rear there'll be a 2.5m x 3m dog-leg annex for storing garden tools for the wife.
I have 3 cars to store in it with one to be restored/worked-on.
Anybody got some suggestions on how to "decorate" my new palace?
Looking for the best combination of benches, storage for compressor, engine crane, etc to give good storage + good work space.....
Thanks for any help in advance.
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:47 PM
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It'll be 21x40x9 (6.5m x 12 x 2.7) with a 16" door at the skinny end.
No ideas on the decorating, but personally, if it was me, and I have found out in the past...build in increments of 4'. At 21' you will have a lot of waste depending on what you side with, sheet with etc. At worst, go to at least 22' and you can split 4x8 sheeting down the middle. 24' outside would be better and the only extra real cost would be in the concrete. But what you will lose by making it a bastard size would make up for the extra concrete. BTW...looking forward to pics.
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If you can lay it out for two intake vents and one for an exhaust fan. You want you to be able to bring clean air in.

I show some that are home made that are insulated on my web site under the paint room section.

If you set the vents up right, you can change out the air in your shop pretty efficently without a loss of a lot of ac or heat.

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No ideas on the decorating, but personally, if it was me, and I have found out in the past...build in increments of 4'. At 21' you will have a lot of waste depending on what you side with, sheet with etc. At worst, go to at least 22' and you can split 4x8 sheeting down the middle. 24' outside would be better and the only extra real cost would be in the concrete. But what you will lose by making it a bastard size would make up for the extra concrete. BTW...looking forward to pics.
I bought my house last year with a 4 car shop @ 22x40 and with any of my cars pulled straight in - there's not much room at all to work on the front of back - plenty on the sides

Add a toolbox, compressor, benches, other tools and you're soon out of space and constantly moving things around just to make space to work in.

Seriously If you are building, can afford it, and don't have a lot line restrictions - based on my own experiences working out in the shop the last year Kevin45 is spot on - 22ft is barley bumper to bumper on most cars 21ft and I'd have to lose some weight to squeeze by

My advice is to go up to the 24ft Kevin45 suggests at a minimum, but more if you can
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Also, once you figure out how much room you need.....double it!!
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Also, once you figure out how much room you need.....double it!!
Ahhh... Right up there with the question... "Why am I here?"

is..."Can I ever have too much shop space?"

(Even if I had 10,000sq ft - I'd soon fill that up too!)
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Ahhh... Right up there with the question... "Why am I here?"

is..."Can I ever have too much shop space?"

(Even if I had 10,000sq ft - I'd soon fill that up too!)
Yup, know what you mean but I doubled mine when I built it in 84 and it's only been in the last couple of years that I've out grown it lol.
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On the serious side

I have found that for a working garage bay that 14 feet wide and 28 feet deep works out fairly well and gives the mechanic some room to work around most cars and there is room at the end of the bay for toolboxes and a small bench..Most residential garages are for parking and not working so we can't go by those for what we do..

In an ideal circumstance there would be one bay reserved for a tool room and parts..

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In an ideal circumstance there would be one bay reserved for a tool room and parts..

Sam
And one for metalworking/welding
And one for painting
And one for bodywork
And one for woodworking
And...
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Oh man, I used to do woodworking in my shop too. What a mess. My last project was a 7' tall x 4' wide bookcase. After that, most of my woodworking machines got sold lol. A 10x50 milling machine now sits where the radial arm saw was and a 15" engine lathe is where the table saw was lol. You can still do woodworking with a mill and a lathe, right!? That's what I told the wife anyhow
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