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    Size of garage/small shop

    Ok guys the mini farm with the big buildings deal fell thru so I'm looking at two different plans now
    First... stay in the subdivision I'm in and build a small garage/shop
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    Second ... buy a piece of ground build a new house and a shop
    I have a lawn mower, gator, and a 2038. I like to do small repairs myself instead of paying for it. Have 3 snowmobiles as well to maintain.
    What size isn't the smallest you guys would do?
    In the subdivision I do have a buddy I can store the tractor in and the gator if needed so I'm thinking a 18x24 or a 20x30 as I have to be less than a 1000 square feet. My biggest concern is that I spend the money on a building in here and when I do want to sell I'll never be able to get rid of it at the value because it seems most people don't want an outbuilding. If I buy a place and bui.d new I'm thinking of 24x36 with 9 or 10 ft sides
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    IMHO, hold out for the minifarm. Be patient, it will happen.
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    For the longest time all I had was a 900sq ft 3-car garage and did everything in there - I had at that time 2 cars, a truck, a jeep and 5 motorcycles - plus my welders and my reloading bench. It was tight, but if you lay things out just so, you can really optimize the space with very little wasted area. The key for me was a L shaped fixed workbench in one corner with several other workbenches on casters (all at my preferred 39" work height) - makes it easy to move things from one work area to another. I also had over 50 linear feet of wall cabinets - mounted fairly high up on the walls (bottoms were at around 5' off the floor) to keep things organized and still have usable wall space to store things on pegboard. It's all about maximum utilization of space.

    When I was finally able to afford a shop....well I don't think you can have a shop that is to large.

    I sold the place above and I am currently in a large-ish acreage (+/- 1 acre) subdivision with a 1500sq ft shop and 1200sq ft attached garage and now find the land and shop size to confining. This might be because I retired pretty early and have lots of time and energy on my hands and can get into all sorts of trouble! So I bought 3+ acres in the county but on the outskirts of town to build a new home with a 1800 sq ft attached garage plus a 3500sq ft shop.

    I do all my own maintenance/repairs/fab on 11 different cars/trucks/motorcycles, plus futzing around on whatever strikes my fancy. My current shop has 12' ceilings and the new one will have a combination of 14' & 16'.

    This is my last place I'll probably have. This new place will suit me for the next 30 years. Thats how I look at it to justify the expense.

    Around here you better have a shop if you want to sell.
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    I had to move because of my job,, had a 30x50 full concrete insulated and heated shed plus a30x50 non heated for storage
    To a 2 car small car attached garage and a 10x16 lawn mower building.
    If I knew it would still resell well I'd build here in the subdivision but scared it won't
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    What ever you do build right up to max square feet you can. Never enough room in my opinion. I’m batting around building another garage. As far as side walls, depends what your going to do. My current shop I wish I had higher ceiling/sidewalls so I could have a hoist and get my 5th wheel in. My 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
    What ever you do build right up to max square feet you can. Never enough room in my opinion. I’m batting around building another garage. As far as side walls, depends what your going to do. My current shop I wish I had higher ceiling/sidewalls so I could have a hoist and get my 5th wheel in. My 2 cents.
    Pretty much ^This!!

    The place we bought has a 40x60 shop/barn. Half the floor is concrete, the other half dirt. It might be large enough once I get the real "barn" built.

    Id park everything you have in the fashion you want to have it inside, then measure the perimeter. Then think is that big enough to grow a little?
    Build the biggest you can afford.
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    If your max is 1000 sq ft, then you should build a 1000 sq ft shop!

    In all seriousness, especially in the semi-urban sub division where size is dictated by code, I would build the max allowable.
    Also, I would suggest a minimum of 14' sidewalls, 16' if you can. This will allow for taller doors and higher ceiling. Legal height is 13'6", so if you want to put a camper in later you will need the height.
    Or like mentioned, if you ever want to add a lift.

    I'm looking at a 36x50 as I'm limited to 1800 sq ft. I'll apply for a varience to get 16' sidewalls over the 14' per code to allow for taller doors and the possibility of still putting a loft in it.

    Last thing to keep in mind is the almighty $$$. Doesn't do any good to build it if you can't afford it!
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    I agree with others. If you are going to build on your property, go with the biggest you can by code. If limited by budget. Do a layout that will allow for expansion later. Also you are in IA so put insulation down and PEX for in floor heat before pouring the floor. Even if you don't plan on heating it today, it isn't that much more to do and will add to the value later. Way too expensive to retrofit.

    As for size, you will make do with what you have. I know plenty of people that do a lot out of a little space but they have to get more creative and make compromises. If you have more space you don't have all those limits. I have a 1500 sqft shop now and we are talking about adding a 3 car garage to the house.
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