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#1 posted 09-17-2015 01:29 PM

This is an unending discussion. Obviously, we all think bigger is better. I had my son, who was starting a,
contracting business at the time, add a shop onto the end of my house. At 16X20 it is the size of a large
garage stall. Even for my hobby workshop, I many times have found this restrictive. This is not a typical “garage shop.” It is more like an added room connecting to the garage. Building it this way meant all codes for residential construction had to be met. I also had to pay the electric power company to move the underground service cable, since it ran around the end of the house where we build. I have a very nice shop now with 240 v. electric service, heat and air conditioning to remove some of the humidity in the summer. However, it did cost nearly $20K. for a 320 square foot addition! If you can do it, a separate building is probably a more economical alternative. Or you can build larger for the same budget.

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