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Blog entry by Hermit posted 05-20-2016 01:11 AM 1612 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve never in my life written a Blog before so here goes. I thought I would post my progress of the shop build with approximate costs for those who may be contemplating building their own. This shop is 20×22. I had a set of plans drawn and pulled building permits. Its the biggest shop I could build in the space I have.
2 years ago In the summer of 2014 I broke ground. 3 ten wheelers of dirt were removed.

I contacted an old concrete buddy who had his own business for help with the foundation. I got several bids for excavation, footings, forming and pouring the foundation. My old friend happened to be the best price. $7400.00.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 01:24 AM

In February of this year, I finally had the cash to get going on it. I had a relative do the take off and made me a material list. I got several estimates. The lumber package included everything but the roof trusses.
Roof trusses $1280.00
Lumber package $3200.00
Project total to date…$11,880.00
I Began framing in February with the help of a neighbor.The weather was outstanding an unusually dry.

More to come…

Ready for trusses.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 01:49 AM

I have about $1000.00 in electrical supplies. I did all the electrical myself except for making up the panel. Another neighbor of mine made up the panel so we traded labor for that. I installed a 100amp panel and have all 20amp GFCI’s and one 15 amp lighting circuit. A dedicated receptacle for the dust collector and AC/Heat. Also installed a future 220v receptacle. After reading the message boards on this site for a long time I learned to install plenty of receptacles. Pretty much every 4 feet around the shop. I think a total of 20.

Total Job costs $12,880.00

I put a Digital tv antennae in the attic and a FM antennae outside.
Pre-ran speaker wire for ceiling mounted speakers.
Ceiling height is 9’4”
Total about $13,100.00

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#3 posted 05-20-2016 02:01 AM

3 weeks ago I had the drywall installed. I’m getting to old to hang drywall anymore so I subbed that out.
Drywall cost to install, tape and texture (imperfect smooth) $2000.00
Project total $15,100.00.

Roofing materials I purchased myself $740.00
Roofing labor $400
Gutters/downspouts $310.00
Exterior Paint $225.00
Insulated garage door $1250
A/C Heat $650.00
Project total…$16,675.00
More to come in a day or two

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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#4 posted 05-20-2016 03:30 AM

Hermit that is a sweet looking little shop. Don’t whatever you don’t let the wife have a key to it. In fact never her let her in your shop and I mean ever, never ever, ever never, ever let her in your shop. That’s why it’s your shop, not hers or our shop. It’s your shop!!! Keep it that way!!

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#5 posted 05-20-2016 05:37 AM

Hermit, thank you for posting this with the associated costs. It is very enlightening.
Can’t wait to see the next steps.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 05-20-2016 03:28 PM

Great shop! I love the large entry, that should make life really nice when bringing in those large wood shipments. Oh, I’m not sure you should be taking marriage advice from BurlyBob! Please keep up the information, I’d love to see how you place your tools and workbenches.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#7 posted 05-22-2016 04:06 AM

Wonderful looking shop! I started a 16×20 shop on Friday. I am very encouraged by you post!

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#8 posted 05-22-2016 12:59 PM

This is always very exciting. Work safe. You’ll luv your new shop

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-25-2016 06:35 PM

Your shop looks wonderful. I’m sure you will get your moneys worth of joy out of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-21-2016 02:18 AM

Well it’s been awhile since my last post and to be honest I’ve lost track of the project total but let’s just say it’s a lot.
Just finished up the work benches and dust collection install. Next is to build an Insulated closet around the DC. I ran my dc main lines on the back of the first shelf to hide it and not take up valuable wall or ceiling space. Blast gates are flush with the top. Most of my tools will be bench mounted and can pretty much be placed anywhere. The first “shelf” will actually be solid drawers all the way around with a door or two as needed. More to come as I make progress

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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