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Technical When is your shop/garage finally big enough?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bangingoldtin, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. When you cannot afford the property taxes
  2. Almostdone
    Joined: Dec 19, 2019
    Posts: 715


    Cars, boats, and tools are like a gas; they fill the volume of their container.

  3. Matthew Greenwell
    Joined: Apr 1, 2021
    Posts: 17

    Matthew Greenwell
    from Poole, UK

    In my opinion, your shop is only big enough once you can no longer afford to fill it! I'm on the south coast of the UK (Poole), and space is tight and expensive. All I have is a 10'x18' single garage to build cars in, and a 16'x16' shed in the back garden (full) to store parts. But if money was no object, it would end up being an aircraft hanger. I have a mad passion for old rods and customs of all manufactures, so I'd need a lot of work/ storage space.
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  4. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 516

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Room for one project and one driver is plenty. Any bigger and you'll store junk. A restroom is a must. 20201201_205607.jpg
  5. It's big enough when you realize you really don't need all this old crap, but until then it'll never be big enough.
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  6. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,786


    When it's empty.. it's never empty.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,639


    It's only big enough after you clean up and purge. Gets pretty small again pretty fast after. Amirite?
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  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,186


    I moved recently, and been cleaning up the old place to sell. The shop is now empty, and it's huge! Definitely big enough.
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  9. I’ve been pricing a 30x40, and with materials being so high, I might wait a year.

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  10. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 22,696


    I was talking with the city planner the other day about how much I can legally build. 25% of my acre. So that would be about right. That’s works out to about 11,000 sf.
  11. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,254

    Kiwi 4d

    Saw this on a rod run down south and thought we would steal this idea for a clean room to park 2 cars away from shop dust.
    D2519426-1F30-4A5A-B423-A888EB4C33D7.jpeg 45EF2D51-36FF-4F16-A90D-545FD7D60B8A.jpeg Just contemplating a 50’x32’ to build adjacent to my 20’x30’ . I have built numerous cars in my present 40 year old shop, never had a lift, just a pit and pull the car over me, which nowadays is probably not considered safe. Though I know in my present small building I can barely get 2 pre 34 cars in end to end and no room to move. 99.9% there is just one car in there. But it is harder to loose stuff in a small building I imagine. My son in Laws business closed so i scored some very nice very cheap gear. Lathe ,rollers ,folders , drill press. A ton of Lathe tooling . Ah now where do it put it.. My wife gave me the go ahead to build, as long as we shift a single car garage from its present site close to the house fo a sewing room. She said make the new building as big as you have to. YAY.
  12. Fabulous50's
    Joined: Nov 18, 2017
    Posts: 468

    from Maine

    40x60 with a 2 post lift. If I didnt have to pay taxes on it, I'd build it.
  13. I've got 3200 sqft currently. Plus a 40 foot mobile home full. And planning on another 2-3k sqft building and a couple more containers to replace the aging mobile home.....

    Plus a 2 car attached that I keep the "wood working tools" in.

    It's all full.

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