I own a home with a 2 car garage and I want to build another garage in the back yard. I'm looking for advice. There . . . I left that door WIDE open. Here is what I already know. The extra garage was my wife's idea and I have her blessing. Bigger is better. A big garage is never BIG enough. I refuse to go bigger than 22'X26' or it will swallow up my back yard.
I've priced metal garages. The kind where they show up and build it all the same day. That's what I'm leaning towards. They're affordable. I think spray on insulation would be the best way to seal it up. I don't have $50K to spend on brick and mortar.
I will have the land graded and leveled and then cement poured. Then the building can go up 4-6 weeks later.
I'm thinking 26' deep to allow room for my tool boxes along the back wall and a compressor (which might go outside). Nine foot walls, a side entrance door and 2 windows. I'd pour extra cement in front of the garage so I'd have cement beneath me if I wanted to work under the truck outside in front of the garage or needed to roll an engine hoist around etc.
Allow me to simplify this a little. What details other than size should I think about? What size garage can accommodate a 4 post lift? A 4 post lift would really help with storage and work environment.
Wire it for "sound!" What I mean by that is put in more electrical than you think you'll need. Wire for communication. Plumb for air. Heat. Cooling. Put in more lighting than you think you'll need. Including outside lighting. An office space for the paper. A machine area. A parts area. A storage area. A lube area. A fabrication area.
Wow. It already sounds like it's getting small.
Just kinda throwing out the wish list. Then again, this is where I work: