New House and New Shop #1: Great Opportunity could not pass up

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Blog entry by NormG posted 08-14-2015 02:44 AM 2166 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have not had much time between Little League Baseball, which we made it the way to invitationals and lost 1 game from the top. But they did well, Fall Ball Starts in couple weeks.

Anyway Mid May 2015 we received an offer to trade/swap our current home for one 2 blocks away. There is a lot of new construction going on in our area. New multi housing shops etc. The Developer made us an offer to trade/swap our home for one they have completely renovated (everything new from both baths to kitchen, flooring and carpeting, new siding, windows, central heating system, new electrical), well you get the picture. Same design as our just floor plan reversed. I was planning another remodel since the last one we did was in 1999, we had one child then and now have 5, with 4 at home. And, no cost to us, they cover all fees with the change of ownership and move. So, we talked about it and decided it was better to do it, than go through a remodel.

It was the right choice. I miight add working with Guminck Properties has been a great experience. Actually they built our current home in 1955.

Currently I have a 12 by 10 shop with an 8 by 8 addition on it. The ground has swelled up around it and water entry has become an issue. So, I was going to also address that issue.

New house does not have a shop at all. So, I have to build one. Due to our local building codes I can build one up to 256 sq ft, w/o a permit, or larger as long as I do not take up more than a percent of the open area by the size. I think 256 will be enough for my needs. I though about a 12 by 20, but was concerned about tool placement and the extra 4 ft in length would be nice but would also make it that much closer to the house. I also though about 16 by 16. It gives me the max sq ft I can have and I can build a multi purpose work bench down one wall that would have a miter saw station, the thickness planner,the jointer and drill press, maybe the grinder can be there also. Miscellaneous tool storage underneath.

That would leave me 14 ft for the lathe and 4 inch belt sander that share work bench. My TS with the new T3 fence will have room to have a dual purpose out-feed and assembly table. My Delta Scroll saw and 12 inch Band-saw will also have plenty of space. I plan on installing my router in the fence extension on the TS. I might even build a nice work bench down the road.

Any suggestions let me know.

I will insulate at some point and have more than enough outlets. I have a friend who is an electrician and he will run power from the main to the shop, I just have to provide the materials and have the trench done.

Anyway, I will take pictures along the way, should be interesting and fun.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 08:46 AM

Congrats on the swap/move. Sounds like y’all get all you need plus a new shop too. Have fun !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 11:18 AM

That sounds like a good all round deal, I look forward to seeing the photos of the progress :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 12:38 PM

Congratulations, Norm! I hate moving (the worst being to the house next door-what a nightmare!) If you haven’t moved yet, just tell yourself you really are moving across country and prepare/plan accordingly. YMMV with 4 extra pairs of hands to help. Looking forward to the new shop build!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 01:56 PM

That sounds great and I hope that everything goes to completion without any hitches.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 10:37 PM

Trading a huge remodeling project and water management problem for a nicely remodeled house and plan-and-build shop seems like a good deal, congratulations! I admire your efficiency at being able to organize everything in 256 square feet. :-)

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 11:26 PM

Thank everyone. Been in current house since May 1999, moved a fair amount as a child as father worked in construction as a pipe-fitter and draftsman. I am sure I have help as needed. I just have a camera on my phone so I will do the best I can.

I have been looking at how others have set their shops up and have obtained some great ideas.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 08-15-2015 05:38 PM

Can you have two shops? I have one with my main tools and supplies and the next one with my wood storage and things I don’t use as often. I have a lot of magazines and books for pattern inspiration ideas, paint or oils, and stuff that I call oops inspiration. Things that I tried to make and failed. I keep them around for the reminder as to what NOT to do. It also helps me to see that I have grown in my working efforts. This smaller shop has the potty chair as I’m to lazy to walk the distance back into the house and the best reading material is right close by! (The main house is a couple of hundred feet away…at least.)
Sounds like you got really lucky in this opportunity! ~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#8 posted 08-16-2015 04:18 AM

Structures here have to be at least 6 ft apart, and then you may not go past a certain amount of the total sq footage of the lot for buildings other than the house. It would be nice.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 08-23-2015 10:42 PM

Well closing was move until Monday due to paperwork issues. But started the shop this afternoon, more to come. Will post pics when get home

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 12-09-2015 12:48 PM

This sounds pretty cool to me. I never heard of a contractor wanting to TRADE houses. They usually build what the customer wants. Maybe his customer REALLY WANTED to be where your lot was, rather than where he had another house available? I know the mantra for Realtors is always “Location, location, location”

And HE paid all the fees? Wow, he must have had a pretty good deal in the works, providing he could get YOUR house as part of that deal. Good for you, so your wife gets the newly remodeled house she wants and you get the new shop that you want. Sounds like a “Win – win” to me !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 12-09-2015 02:32 PM

Hummm, after reading JoeinGa’s comment, I wondered if there is gold or oil in the land? Still for me it would be “I’LL TAKE THE SHOP” I can live in a little house, but can’t work or play in a little shop! I NEED a BIG Play pen! Yup a huge ‘win-win’ there!~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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