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Thoughts on shop layout??????

I’m getting closer to actually putting up my new shop. This weekend I laid it out on the ground with stakes and tape and actually put cars in to see how t would work out.

As it stands right now, it will be 60’ wide by 50’ deep with 12’ eaves. There will be 3 angled bays on each side so that no car is blocked in by another. The 2 10’ doors on the south and east walls will primarily for cross ventilation rather than bringing cars in and out.

The office will be elevated 5’ and beneath it will be used for storage of engine stands cherry picker etc.

I plan on pouring a small pad on the outside for an enclosure for the compressor.

On paper and on the ground it all seems to work out, anybody see anything major I’m overlooking?
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you need more storage. Not necessarily for stuff you have, but it should be for stuff that will be coming off the cars. You would be surprised how much room a hood and a couple of fender take up.

indoor hose bib
little enclosed area for your electrical service and panels

that is a nice big place
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If it was up to me I would suggest the office be on the outside wall and the present office area a dedicated parts room with lots of shelving..If you did that you would have room for the restroom attached to the office which is a real convenience..keep it all on ground level and have the office facing the street so customers can find it easily..

try to think like a customer when designing this sort of thing and one of my pet peeves is going to someones shop and not being able to find anyone..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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shop layout

I would like to make a couple of sugestions = 1 put office and rest room together on ground floor like sugested then put storage on top of office for stuff not needed that often,this would free up some floor space for more shelves and storage, have outside door to office, then on one of the side walls frame in for future expansion that way framing is done or you can put a door in later if needed , put air compressor outside in its own shed but have door to it in shop for security and access. if your going to have a work bench area put a 4' deep shelve over the top of it then put your lights for bench under shelve gives good light and lots of storage using space that is usauly wasted hope this helps mike
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Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming.

I guess I should have mentioned that my current 20 X 50 shop will still remain. It’s partitioned off into a 16’ X 20’ room and a 20’ X 34’ work area. Current plans will be for that shop to become a body work/paint area. As far a storage I also have a couple of sheds where I store left over/future project parts.
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What all the others said. Is this going to be a working shop such as bring in the car get a tune up, brakes, oil change and be done? If so do you have enough room between cars to open the car doors and not swap paint? Other than that it looks great.
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