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Our place is in the hill country north of San Antonio, TX. The house was here when we bought the place, but it had no garage. So, 6 years ago I decided to take a sabattical and build a workshop.

My wife, a couple of friends and I did all the work except for the concrete slab.

The first picture shows me putting up part of one of the many steel arches that make up the shell. The second picture is me catching a breather while hanging 6" insulation to the ceiling. The last picture is the front of the shop with it's dock.

The end walls are 6" conventional wood construction. The interior includes a small office, closet, utility room and painting room complete with explosion proof exhaust fan. I built and erected the end walls single handedly, using a come-a-long to tilt up the base walls and then to lift the gable walls. The shell is set in concrete in channels in the slab. This baby isn't going anywhere!

It's air conditioned with two window units (one is a heat pump), and there is a wood burning stove for winter heat (all ten days a year).

Total area is about 800 square feet, and I need more room!!!

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Very nice! What are the total dimensions? How long did it take to put the building together? Where did you buy it and can you share about how much the building cost? Would you do it again? Thanks for posting.

Ron
 

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The interior is 27' X 33'4". It took several months to totally finish it. I bought the shell steel from a neighbor who had bought it mail-order and then decided not to build. So, my cost was lower than retail, but around $4,500 for the steel shell including fasteners. Spent about $24,000 total. As far as doing it again, yes I would. Typical red steel buildings are somewhat easier to build, with the right equipment to lift the frame pieces where as this kind only requires a scaffold and some ladders. I've helped my friend construct his 2,500 sq. ft. garage/workshop using red steel columns, girders, purlins and sheet metal exterior. He used both a heavy duty construction fork lift and large man lift. Fortunately his son-in-law was the manager of a construction equipment rental place so he used the equipment for free.

The design of the steel skin in my shop is extremely strong. But, it did require a lot of screwing (pun intended) to get it done. Think of 4 five gallon buckets filled with nuts and bolts.
 

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These are great shops for the money. I have one and it seems to be very strong and more than suitable.
I have a 30X40 and have never regreted purchasing it.
I hired guys to construct it…I didnt want to mess with those 4500 nuts and bolts to get it togather.
Congrats on your shop.
Jim
 

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Great looking shop Ken, but my eyes are drawn to your land. Looks like a kid's dream come true! A taste of the Old West, maybe?
 

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nice job ken, your a very lucky man. post some inside pics when you get a second.
 

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Our place is on 1.3 acres on top of a small hill. We cannot see our neigbors and vice versa. No complaints about noise. There is ranchland behind us, with cattle that occassionaly get through the fence. We see Whitetail Deer, Fox, Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbits, Jack Rabbits (Hares), Racoons and Opossoms reglularly. Lots of birds also. We've only seen one live snake in 14 years - the fire ants must eat their young. Used to see Bobwhite Quail, but not since the fire ants showed up - Quail nest on the ground and are easy prey for fire ants. Usually kill a dozen or so scorpions in the house each year until now. Just had it professionally treated by a pest control company - seems to be working.
 

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that looks like a shop fit for a king.I should last several lifetimes.Your doing a great job too.I wonder if you could let me see how you do the internal framing etc to bring it to finish.Best of luck and I wish you good health to enjoy it meant from the heart as I know what that means . Alistair
 

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I decided to leave the insulation on the metal showing. The end walls and interior rooms are sheetrocked, taped, floated and painted.
 

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VERY VERY NICE!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Nice looking man cave. Thanks for sharing Ken.
 

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Looks like a great shop. You should be please when it is set and running. Looking forward to seeing inside pictures. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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that is a great shop. I would love to see more pics
 

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Thanks for sharing the details Ken. I will certainly keep this in mind when the time comes to build a new shop. Sounds a lot cheaper than stick built and it'll probably last a lot longer.
 

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Great looking shop!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 
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