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Shop Planning

The first step in the process was to determine a building location.  Even with 50 acres at our disposal, we found that there were really only one or two spots that came close to matching the criteria for the site location; the building needed to be readily accessible by truck, of course, and we hoped to keep it more or less out of site from our chosen house location.  Eventually, we decided that an open area about 400' in the driveway from the road would be suitable.

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Shop Planning
Phase 1:  Site Prep and Foundation
Phase 2:  Framing
Phase 3:  Finish Work
Phase 4:  Shop Setup

Next, I had to settle on a design and layout.  With my previous experience building my first shop in North Yarmouth a couple years ago, I knew a few areas that I would like to improve upon.  Eventually, I decided upon a 40' wide by 60' deep shop, with three interior bays:  one dedicated shop bay spanning the back of the shop (20' x 30'), two boat bays accessed from the front gable end of the building (each 20' x 40'), and a corner office jutting partially from the back wall of the shop (15' x 15').  The resulting floor space was twice that of my existing shop, and the new setup with individual boat bays and a separate--yet conveniently located--woodshop would make the new facility more efficient, easier to clean, and better overall for my purposes.

In addition, I added a small bathroom with utility sink, a utility closet for storage and heating equipment, and a second floor paint storage and clean room above the bathroom and office in the corner, where I would be able to paint or varnish small parts, as well as contain all the painting products in one location.

The new building would be again 16' in framed height, though my builder and I decided to install a 7" concrete curb around the slab that would raise the interior height by a similar amount.  I planned two overhead doors for the front of the boat bays, as well as a large rolling door leading to the woodshop from outside. 

Other decisions I reached during the planning stages included the choice of maintenance-free vinyl siding for the exterior, attic roof trusses to allow for a large storage area above the bays, more clerestory windows to let in plenty of light, and radiant floor heating contained within the slab.

With these basic questions answered, and a building quote in hand, it was time to move onto the next step in construction:  site preparation and foundation.

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This page was originally posted on October 9, 2005.