Tour the Shop

I built a boat shop that I thought would be appropriate for building small wooden boats right next to our home.  At 30' wide by 40' long with 10' ceilings it provides 1200 square feet of working space.  I designed the outside to match our house.  We wanted the shop to blend in with our house and not have an industrial look to it.  It has the same roof shape and length to width ratio as our house.  There is a set of triple double hung windows flanking the carriage styled overhead door to match the triple double hung windows of the house.  The 12' wide overhead door has a tracking system that follows the pitch of the cathedral ceiling inside to allow as much unobstructed overhead space as possible.

What I had in mind for the inside layout was a big open area divided into three bays.  The center bay is for building the boats, the left bay for stationary woodworking machines and lumber storage, and the right bay for bench work, tool storage, and a tool sharpening station.  The center bay has a cathedral ceiling to allow for a lot of room overhead of the boats.  The left and right bays both have flat ceilings overhead allowing for storage areas above in the attic.

I hired an excavating contractor to clear a spot next to the house, bring in some fill, pour the slab, and make a driveway.  I then hired a garage builder to frame, sheath, and roof the boat shop.  I did the rest with the exception of hanging and taping drywall which I left to a professional.  I used high strength impact resistant drywall on the walls, which is very heavy.  I also hired an electrician to bring in two electrical service panels into the boat shop.  One service panel for providing off-peak electricity for radiant heat and another 100-amp service panel from which I wired all the circuits for lighting and outlets.  Lastly, I installed a 24" exhaust fan and hood in the center of the back wall to ventilate flammable, toxic fumes when working with paints and epoxy.

I choose to use in-floor radiant heat backed up with an overhead propane garage heater, as I felt that would be most cost effective and comfortable.  In the winter time I keep the shop floor at 50° and when I'm working in the shop I use the propane heater to bring the air temperature up to 60°... comfortable enough to work in when it can be as cold as -20° outside here in Northern MN.

For now I put up temporary shelving for storage, but as time and money permit I will build the proper cabinets and work benches.