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Old 01-14-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Decided to post my small two car. It is a 20 X 30' building with the garage area being 20' X 20' and the office/tool room on back being 10' X 20'. I am space constrained, but thankful for what I have. In the garage, I try and keep one bay open for a car or truck, but on the truck or wife's Tahoe, we have to fold the mirrors to get either one in. This first photo is of the outside. The building has all utilities and both areas are heated with natural gas heaters. I am showing a few shots of the inside of the garage area here as well:
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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These photos are of the tool room/office. It is towards the back. By having the wall between the garage and tool room, I get an extra 32' of wall space for items like cabinets, ref, etc.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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This one shows my office area. I have phone and internet there.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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I have plans for upgraded subpanel from 100 amps to 150 amps. I also plan to uptick my lighting to the new energy efficient model of T8/4 bulb. And I also wish to install a window Air Conditioner in the office part this spring. A little paint brush work on some fixtures and ceilings and I should be good to go.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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Looks great, but one question....why do you only have a short piece of gutter above the man door and not all the way down the full length? I know you don't want water dripping or running down above the door, but I'd think you would want the water away from the whole foundation.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:57 PM   #6
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Love the atmosphere in that place, I bet it even smells good in there
Nice place man, thanks for sharing
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #7
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Hi Kevin, thanks for your question! On guttering the house, I "had that much left", and I have never gotten around to buying more to do the whole garage. I have that on my "to do it" list for this spring. Wife was happy as it waters her flower bed by the garage door.
We also are going to install a spout to our two rain barrels that are by the side of the garage. She likes to use rainwater for her flowers. But you are very correct in my needing to do the entire building. I put on siding in 2011, and you know how long the list can go.
Thanks for your comments!
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That is a nice looking work space, and you have made very efficient use of the space too.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:07 PM   #9
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Nice place man, thanks for sharing
Thanks for your kind comments! I like the "old school" feel. I have nothing special, and I build all my own benches, fixtures or find something I can repurpose like this:
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Very nice ! I would feel right at home there
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:06 PM   #11
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Thanks for your comments Steevo. I try and juggle between woodworking (messy) and other general maintenance work, so I have to move a lot of stuff. I have gotten all my woodworking tools on casters which is a big help.
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Thanks Vernmotor for your comments. I try and keep my shop comfy and pleasant to work in. It does at times look like a nightmare on Elm Street. I have an 8'X16' shed with double doors on each end (it's new, filled with stuff I don't want in the garage.) I may calculate moving all woodworking to the shed.
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I built this building on my deck in 2003. I had thoughts of putting a woodworking shop (only) in it to move those tools from my garage. Wife vetoed, and we settled on putting a hot tub in it. So, why does a 68 year old guy need a hot tub? Well, mostly for ease of the old bones, but it is still fun at 68, and the grand kids love it!
I still think it would have made a good woodworking shop.
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Your shop looks downright inviting! Well organized, neat and clean. Great place just to go out to while away the day or do some serious crafting.
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Nice place...you've done well. Lots of things in there my garage wishes it had!
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Your shop looks downright inviting! Well organized, neat and clean. Great place just to go out to while away the day or do some serious crafting.
Thanks for the comments!! Wife does join me as she does a lot of woodcrafting with the Scroll Saw. She makes seasonal decorations, and home decor. BUT, we are NOT traveling craft show junkies. Nothing wrong with that however.
Problem is: Wife always has me running to change blades, hunt for this or that paint color, cut big boards into small ones for her. But 45 years into it, we are still in love!!
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Nice place...you've done well. Lots of things in there my garage wishes it had!
Thank you very much. My shop is a collection of many years. Grandfather was painting contractor, dad was property manager (slum lord---LOL) just kidding.
I grew up putting on new counter tops and painting window frames. And that spinning skill saw was the background music all my life.
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Last summer I was honored to do a new gas line to the shop. I had originally used the old steel yellow gas pipe of the late 1970's. I began to smell gas at the side of the garage.
We had to re run the new orange gas line out there, doing a coupling at the house entrance. Digger and plumber and inspection, $1,250.00. Safety and continued heat in the shop: Priceless!!!!!

We titled this photo "Our Summer Vacation Money"
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Looks great, but one question....why do you only have a short piece of gutter above the man door and not all the way down the full length? I know you don't want water dripping or running down above the door, but I'd think you would want the water away from the whole foundation.
None of the houses in my neighborhood (Charleston, SC) have gutters on them. It was new to me when we moved down. Anybody know the rationale behind this? Too many hurricanes rip them off so people don't bother putting them on?



That looks like vacation money well spent on the gas lines!!!
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I think gutters are a necessary PIA. You have to keep them open, nailed up, and cleaned.
Most homes here have them. Often, a new house without them will soon get brick stain from the water falling into mud and splashing on the brick, before the grass sets. Also, here it is important to direct the fall away from the foundation. We have most of ours directed into flower beds. I have plenty of slope on my place so I have little trouble with water problems. Many new houses were built during the boom with little thought to run off.
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