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Old 09-22-2017, 12:10 PM   #11
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Oh A friend had a toilet and shower in his. Freezes easily here so HEAT too. MIke
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I suggest you think about which side you want the overhead doors. If you put it on the 40' side you can have 4 bays 30' deep. Or if you put it on the 30' side you have 3 bays 40' deep or 3 bays 20' deep and 3 cars in storage. Anyway you get the idea.
One more thing you might consider doors on both ends so you can just drive through if it would work on your building site.
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Thanks for all of the advice
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Just cut a hole in the wall for the A/C. No cost for a window.
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If at all possible, put in some plumbing. Having a toilet and sink in one corner of the shop will be more convenient that you might imagine, especially if the shop is more than a few feet away from the house. Also, having a hose bib and drain in the floor allows you to wash your car or wet sand inside. Great to have when you're working after dark or when the weather is nasty. A small hot water tank and/or a shower would be nice, too, but that's a luxury I don't have in mine.
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I built a 30 x 50' 3 years ago, thought it would be big enough- there is never big enough, build as big as you can afford, you can always complain about having to much room!
If your layout allows I would put doors on the long side.
A skylight on the roof is asking for a possible leak later.
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If your concerned about security, put windows up higher than eye level so folks can't just peak in, and consider putting in security system

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Mine is a 30x40 and when I built mine I planed for two years as to how I wanted it. I made sure I had enough plug in sockets ( about every 6 ft.) so I wouldn't have to be searching for an extension cord. I put in 6 240 plug. I insulated it to the max and put plastic all around and ceiling. I have a 125 thou. btu. Hot Dog furnace. Sheet rock and painted. I put 5/8 plywood and lights in the attic so you can walk up there for storage. I have 28 4ft. fluorescent lights. I know your not supposed to but I used 1 in schedule 40 pvc pipe for my air lines. All in all it's the best money I have ever spent.
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Consider finishing off the interior with OSB instead of Sheetrock, code permitting.
Sure makes it a snap to mount and hang things.
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My shop is 30' wide and I have no issues with working room. Finished inside dimensions will be roughly 1' less then the quoted size for 2 x 4 walls, 2 x 6 walls will lose another 1/2 foot inside.
Some things I always recommend to new garage builders.
* If you think there will be a hoist in your future go 12' on the side walls.
* Look into attic or loft trusses for "almost" free storage space up top.
* Keep your overhead doors at least 4' off the interior walls (6' is better) for more storage and working space alongside the cars.
* When doing the electrical, throw in a 200 amp box. They aren't that expensive and it leaves plenty of room for upgrades later if you add on or add equipment.
Check out the Grizzly shop planner to layout your shop.
http://www.grizzly.com/workshopplanner
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I recently built a 30x40x14 with a 6' porch on the side. I put in radiant heat tubing in anticipation of heat. Keep in mind some lifts require 6" concrete.
I have a 12 x 12 OHD on the gable end 2 feet from the side wall, 3x4 window on the same wall, along the 40' wall I have a service door and 3 2x3 windows. that where the porch is. It works well because I can leave the windows open and not worry about rain coming in. I put a loft across the back that also allows for my attic access ladder. If I knew how to post pictures I would.
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