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New garage

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Przemekmsu, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Przemekmsu

    Przemekmsu [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thinking of building a garage. For some reason 30'x36' got stock in my head. What size do you guys think is a good size for a garage???? Primary use is going to be for rebuilding a classic car. Thanks
     
  2. OZ-T

    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    That's a nice roomy size , bigger than you need maybe , but bigger is better in a shop

    10' ceiling and an 18' x 8' high overhead door would be a must for me , plus a bathroom
     
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    10' ceiling it is. Thats a huge door. I was gone go with a 9'x8' door (2 of them)
     
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    Whataboutbob Allow myself to introduce myself...

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    Here is a picture of what I was thinking of building
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    Any client I've every built a garage for that has gone with two single doors versus one wide one curses the wall section in the middle

    Either way , make sure it's an 8' tall door and not a 7' tall door
     
  9. Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I like the two doors idea just as much as one large one, but I would go with taller doors and ceiling, just so I had room to throw in a lift. Crawling under your truck versus lifting it above your head? I like option B.
     
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    Just remember that parking the vehicle is only part of it, the space to actually do something has to be thought of.
     
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    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    Exactly.
     
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    I've got a 32x52...perfectly large enough to accommodate just about anything. Shop and one end. Get all that you can afford...you'll be glad you did.
     
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    That's a great point about the ceiling height for a future lift
     
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    If you have the land, or if lots are cheap like they are here, it doesn't cost you much more to build a bigger garage than it does a smaller one. I've helped build a few garages and the people who opted for smaller always ended up wanting something bigger later on.

    The garage we built for the Folks is around 32 by 30 feet and is just comfortably large enough for a workbench and a fridge at back and some storage space around the sides. One side now has a 4 ft wide wheelchair ramp for Mom but still has plenty of room to get out of the car.

    Dad doesn't have to use the garage as a shop though anymore as we put in a 30 by 75 foot steel building next to the garage. That seems huge but once you have a permanent shop with wood storage, a place for a couple of small tractors plus the lawn and garden tools, a neighbor's camper and an old Desoto, not to mention various odds and ends a building fills up fast.

    If you build a free-standing garage then you can make it as high as you want.
     
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    Mine is 30'x40'. It's got 8x10 and 8x12 doors on the front and an 8x12 door on the back, and 10' ceilings. If I build another on my current property, or at a new place, it will be 40x60 minimum. I want to be able to put everything inside. Boat, travel trailer, both trucks, the car and all the toys.
     
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    I have a 42 x 60 and I also do car restoration. It takes a lot of room. If you do a frame off restore you basically end up with two cars. The lift was the best purchase I made. You need at least 12' ceiling. If you have overhead doors you have to have clearance for the lift so you have to move the lift past the door and/or opener.
    I have 2 10x10 doors with about 5' between them. You need about 12' width for the lift. Boat trailers and car haulers are pretty wide so a door any less than 10' wide will suck. Got to have water and toilet.
     
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    Yeah. I mean you may not be able to afford it for awhile but I would definitely build high ceilings. Especially if you wanna park something tall inside like a boat on a trailer, or large equipment.

    But I like the lift idea best, no one likes jacks...
     
  18. Przemekmsu

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    I am limited to 1,200 sq/ft. Township rules.
     
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    I always approach everything from a woodworker's perspective . No need for a lift in a woodshop :)
     
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    I see now why you chose the dimensions that you did.
     
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