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Old 08-26-2015, 04:38 PM
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Since our new house does not have a garage I will need to create a shop. The wife wants me to buy a pre-made shed. For a little over $10K I can get a 14X40 shed delivered and set up, its ready to be wired up and within a weekend or two I can have it all set to go (electric, HVAC, Drywall). On the other hand for the same price I can pour a 24X36 slab and buy a garage kit from the local lumber yard.

Its tempting to have the shop ready to go in a few weeks but long term I am wondering if the hassel of building the garage kit will be worth it in the long run.

Thoughts?
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I think building the shop is the way to go. Two reasons
1 - you'll have 50% more space. Can't have too much room in a garage
2 - the site built garage will add value to your home. The shed will be just that and adds little or no value.
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I've never someone complain their shop/garage was too large. Too small, on the other hand...
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build it, pole barn style
you'll be glad you did
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
build it, pole barn style
you'll be glad you did
Why pole barn vs 2X4 every 16?
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easier and more structurally sound
you can stud up between the structural frame
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Bigger (and higher) is always better..

I can tell you for sure 14' is not wide enough.

30' x 40' is excellent for a building like this if it will fit on your site..

Think about doors, exposure ( north, south, etc.) , rain/snow unloading, water, extra electrical, and anything else you can think of. I have 4 of these right now and think of new stuff all the the time.. Just reheated one of them this week. Wish I had heated the floor initially in that one.

Be sure it is easy to back a trailer/ boat in....

Take your time...
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14 x 40 sounds like a shipping container... I'd build, but I don't see advantages of a "pole barn" style" over conventional framing. But what do I know?!
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mine is 40x40 and I wish it were bigger
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Originally Posted by skibum View Post
14 x 40 sounds like a shipping container... I'd build, but I don't see advantages of a "pole barn" style" over conventional framing. But what do I know?!
structural frame carries the wind/roof load instead of the stud walls
plus it's so much easier to erect
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I have a 24X 36. It is good for a pickup and putter around space. Wished I went bigger.
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I added a 32 X 60 when I built. Its still not big enough when I put the boat in it for the winter. Tractor and all the mowers and crap just pile up over the years. I need a good throwing away.
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14' is way too narrow, I rent a space 14' x 50' and its an awkward space
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The biggest the town will allow me to go is 24X36 so I guess that is what I will go with. SHop building here I come.
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We were going to have a two car garage added to our property a few years back. To get something that had everything I wanted we were gonna spend around $22k.

My son and I get to talking and we find a metal building made by a good company for $15k. The slab would be $10k. Four nice overhead doors would run $1k. Underground 200 amp service was only $440 from the local power company. We paid a guy and his helper and two other laborers about $7k to build it. We were there also. Spent ten weekends putting it together. It ended up being 60X40 with 12' walls and an 18' peak.Full insulation package.

Once done, I built out two rooms, a tackle shop that I now use for my reel business and another room for storage of boat and fishing supplies and freezer, etc..

We added a 9k lift for $2k

I now have this neat 2400 sq ft building that we have added two roofovers to. One to store the boat under, the other end has a room for animal feed and outdoor tools.

All in all it has worked out pretty good for us.

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