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Opinions please

Posted by mikemr (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 9, 10 at 21:04

I'm looking for recommendations on how y'all have built a large (6000sqft+) shop/garage/storage building. This will be separate from the house and will contain a woodworking shop plus various other "man's play areas." Heat would be nice but it would be wood-stove (lots of mature alder trees on the property that are about at the end of their lifespan). Options are pole-barn, steel building, conventional stick frame, etc.

Also, has anyone put their main electrical service (320A) in a shop and then run the house off a subpanel? The house will be small and super-efficient to heat, geothermal heat pump and all that good stuff.

Thanks in advance.

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RE: Opinions please

I'm thinking that 6,000 sq. ft. is a typo. If not, what a shop that would make!

RE: Opinions please

No, not a typo, it's also going to be used for an extra residential garage, a place to work on medium-sized boats, place to stow the tractor (5-acre lot), etc. etc. I'm sure that I'll find lots of ways to fill it up. Those alders will take up some room to season too, after I cut them down and resaw them into boards.

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