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#1 posted 07-31-2017 03:14 AM

If you’re planning on also using whatever you build as yard equipment storage, I would definitely make it separate/enclosed/isolated from the shop space if you can. Right now, we’re lacking a storage shed (or room in the car garage), so the riding mower lands in my shop until we have another place to store it. Even though I don’t do much woodworking out there at the moment (still working on finishing it), the riding mower gets covered in sawdust anyway.

As for input on a shop, a garage door is nice for getting a trailer in for equipment or wood loading/unloading, but I would only go with a single stall door if I were to be building a new shop, unless a person were more concerned about resale value. The larger the garage door, the harder it is to climate control if you so chose. You can insulate the walls to R19, but at the end of the day, an R5 8’x16’ hole in the wall is going to be the best spot for thermal transfer.

I’ve also grown fond of having taller than 8’ ceilings. Mine are little over 9-1/2’ tall (9’ wall on 8” cinder block) and I find it quite nice.

I don’t have the experience of building new, as the house we bought had a separate 24×28 garage in the back yard, but I’ve been installing electrical, insulating, and putting up walls for the past year. One thing I’ll say, is make sure your drainage and grade are squared away. Whoever built ours didn’t have a vapor barrier under the slab, and it’s also poorly graded around it, so any hard rain means the shop has some leaks at the back cinder block wall. Springtime with frozen ground and melting snow means upwards of 1/4” of water on the floor in some areas of the shop… not good.

Also, when my shop was in a spare bedroom in our old rental house, I cut and put a rug in the doorway to the shop, so that when I left I could wipe my feet on the rug. That cut down significantly on the amount of sawdust and shavings I tracked through the rest of the house.

Good luck!

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