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Forum topic by NBeener posted 03-02-2012 04:42 PM 3756 views 0 times favorited 64 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 04:42 PM

I figure my shop is probably 12.5% the size of my home (living + basement).

What’s yours ? Rhetorical question.

So … if this guy used only the same % of square feet for HIS shop, how big would IT be ?

Yes … it’s a house made from a dumpster. Berkely, California. Where else ? ;-)

Whaddya’ think ? Shopsmith ??

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 04:46 PM

‘bout that big ;-)

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 04:59 PM

wait till this guy discovers bertha’s

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 05:10 PM

My house = 1440 sq.ft.
My Shop = 720 sq.ft. = 50% as big as my house. Gotta love it.

Qualifiers—aka other living space ;-)
1,000 sq.ft. of decking over looking a small lake. We are up on a ridge.
144 sq.ft. observatory
200 sq.ft. garden shed

BTW, that dumpster home brings back old memories… I do remember living out of the back of my mini truck during my park ranger days! It is kind of like Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond experience for sure!

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 05:37 PM

A lot depends on how you run the figures.
My shop is 1/3 of my 3 car garage, or 214 sq. feet. (Okay, it spills over a bit when I’m running a project, so it is likely a little bigger than this, but only short term.)

The liveable is 2367, but 3300 total under roof, including the shop.
That makes the shop 9% of the house’s liveable sf, but, only 6.5% of the total.

Hey Neil, how do you know that first pic isn’t the guys shop and his house?

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 05:39 PM

I like all of the National Electric Code violations. Is that coper water pipe being used as conduit? That multi outlet strip is a violation too. It should be a GFCI Outlet. The electrical inspector didn’t do a very good job. LOL

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 05:48 PM

The whole house has a living space of about 3200 sq ft of which the shop occupies 460sf

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 05:51 PM

better then long as i can stretch out…and not get wet, and stay warm when its cold, im in a castle…

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 05:55 PM

The whole house has living space of 4700 sf including about 400 sf that is dedicated to my shop, currently.
However, my shop is expanding beyond its original boundaries.

My vision/plan – - The 2500 sf on the main level remains unchanged and supports all our living functions and the 2200 sf on the lower level is dedicated to shop, my den, utility and storage (and one bathroom).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 07:39 PM

My House, the hole shebang shop and all is 3140 sqft, My shop is 340 sqft, so in percentages my shop is only 10.8%. Time to expand as far as I’m concerned

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 03-02-2012 07:41 PM

And I thought our pickup bed camper was small!
Home is 3460 sq.ft. with a 20X40 covered deck. The shop is a detached 864 sq.ft plus 12X12 area for finish, nails and other hardware, and misc junk. And, an 8X16 area for lumber.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 03-02-2012 07:43 PM


shopsmith would be the equivalent of the % reversed wouldnt it?

I second the trash bin suggestion up on top!

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#12 posted 03-02-2012 07:58 PM

house + basement = 270 squaremeter more or less
the shop 9 squaremeter of the basement + 5 squaremeter for the shelfunits in another room
= 5.2 %
hmmmm …. that will say the wife use over 90% of the house …... I better get her to pay more of the morgage then … don´t you think


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#13 posted 03-02-2012 07:59 PM

My House is 2000 sf, my Garage is 4000 sf detached the Shop takes 3400 sf of it.
158% ?

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#14 posted 03-02-2012 09:39 PM

You go Ken!

Now we’re talkin’....

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#15 posted 03-02-2012 09:44 PM

Ken, wanna switch? lol

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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