Building a workshop can be an exciting venture. Workshops can be very useful and they can offer hours of enjoyment to those who use them. But poor planning can ruin all of this. Before you begin building your new workshop, take a few minutes to consider some of the more common mistakes that others have made in the past. This investment of your time can help you avoid making those same mistakes.
Size: One common mistake is to underestimate the amount of space needed. This often occurs when homeowners do not take into account all of the activities that will take place in the new workshop. A good idea for avoiding this problem is to talk with other family members to see if they, too, plan on using this new space for some of their needs. It is also a good idea to add some square footage for the future if you plan on adding new tools or work areas later on.
Electrical Needs: If your new workshop is going to be a stand alone building, consider carefully all of the power levels that will be needed to run your tools and other devices. If you are not sure about the total amps needed you should consult with a licensed electrical contractor who can help you out. You may need to have a breaker box installed to handle high electrical loads.
Plumbing and Drainage: Adding water lines and drainage lines to a workshop can be expensive, but some workshops simply must have a water supply. The best time to decide if water and drainage lines are needed is before you begin the construction of the stand alone workshop. This will save you a lot of money as this work is much more affordable if done before and during construction.
Permits: It is always a good idea to check with your local authorities before you begin building to ensure that you have all of the proper permits. In some locales you may not need any permits for a small workshop. In other locales, you will. It is always best to check first.
Door Size: Depending on what you plan to do inside your stand alone workshop, you will want to make sure that the doorway is large enough to accommodate your current and future needs. If you are planning to build furniture, for example, in your workshop, you want to know that you can get the finished product out of the work area.
These are a few of the most common problems that homeowners face when they decide to build a workshop. You can avoid these problems, and many others, by hiring a contractor to come out to your property to offer some advice and guidance both before and during the construction of your workshop.