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Old 08-28-2019, 11:08 PM   #1
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Shop material type

i may be moving sooner rather than later. The house we are looking at has some acreage and the wife has already said the shop is the first thing I can build. I just started looking and was looking at the steel buildings. Are these less expansive than stick framed shops and do they go up faster? For those that already have a shop, what insight can you give me? I already know I want to get the largest one I can afford to do. I know they are like safes, you outgrow them quickly. Oh and I should add that I will try to get a 2 post lift, so know that the concrete will need to be thicker. Knowing that, what height would you go with?

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Old 08-29-2019, 01:01 PM   #2
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based on how much of the work YOU can do...i priced my 30x30 in all fashions...
Metal, Stick and cider block.... all were very close on materials.

i planned on doing most of the exterior labor, possibly having electrical subbed out.

in my region, the cider block was MY preference, having one in the past i noticed it stayed cooler in the hot months, since Southern Louisiana doesnt get very cold, that was my choice.
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Old 08-29-2019, 10:15 PM   #3
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Termites, Fire, Storms, Earthquakes, etc. Pick your materials to defend against these and other threats. You have to decide which are the biggest threats on your land. Steel has the advantage of being both fire and bug proof.

Unless you are pouring a BIG slab, more concrete for a thicker floor doesn't cost much more then the standard 4~6 inches most contractors will quote. When I redid a 10x20 garage floor, the delivery charge was about as much as the concrete costs.

Include an area for a bathroom and sink. Beats greasy footprints in the house on the path to the bathroom. Might even include a parts washing sink.

Don't scrimp on the electrical service. Plasma cutter + compressor = a lot of power at one time.

If you have wired Internet, include a run to the building when you are trenching things in. Let you see those instructional videos/sites on the big screen while puzzling out something.

Might include an attached lean to/pole barn to allow projects in waiting to be out of rain and sun.
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Old 08-30-2019, 02:28 AM   #4
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Mine is stick frame..did it all myself and saved a bunch of money..took alot of time though...I've got buddies with all steel and some with pole barn style....around here they can put up a 40x60 steel or pole in about 3 days of work over about a weeks time...concrete and all
If had to start over I would do all steel...
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Old 08-30-2019, 10:28 AM   #5
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Mine is a 30x40 pole barn style. It was put up in three days (including concrete) by the builders team. Two 10' roll up doors and one personnel door on the long side. I did the electrical myself (with a bit of help) and finished the inside myself as well.

What would I do different if I could afford it?

- 10' apron out front with roof over it. Work on stuff in the shade but outside when possible.
- 8' or so overhang in the back or lean to off the side to park trailers, etc.
- 12' or taller sides and a lift inside. That's way out there but we can all dream.
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Old 08-30-2019, 04:47 PM   #6
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Thank you all, or is that "thanks y'all?" Either way, I appreciate all the input. I think the best bet is a steel building here.
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Old 08-31-2019, 05:34 PM   #7
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I priced mine several ways and Metal was certainly the best bang for the buck.
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:43 AM   #10
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I had a 36'x48' post frame built a couple years ago. I planned on a 2 post lift so I had the walls 14', with 12' wide doors and 6" concrete. Seems to work well except it is not big enough.
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:07 PM   #11
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Very nice. So how big is the second building?
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:21 AM   #12
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Buildings eventually are never big enough. The attached photo is the "work bench" side of my shop and the item in the bottom of the photo is the pool table that I've had out there for years. I am ready to get rid of that thing because I need the floor space but my wife and kids still want to keep it.

Second shot is looking the other way and you can see the current status of my project truck. I'll spend this fall pulling the rear apart and painting everything so I can spend the winter putting it all back together. Then head to the front.

Whatever you choose go as big as you can afford/fit and enjoy the heck out of it!
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