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Ok guys (and gals). I am starting the initial planning stages of my dream garage and I'm looking for any and all suggestions - layout, equipment, conveniences, what ever you can think of. Also to be included in the facility are a workout room, a kiln for the wife's ceramics, and a guest house for the in-laws. Thanks for the assist.

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I've always thought a parts washer is an essential part of any shop, a sandblast cabinet is real nice too. Of course you need a big fat air compressor to run it also..

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Make sure the ceilings are high enough for a lift. Obviously makes working under the car a whole lot easier!

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Do yourself a favor and check into a post-frame style building, if you have a supplier close by. We sell and build "Cleary Building" packages here in Ft. Collins, CO, and do around 150 per year. You can save a ton on construction costs, and use the savings to furnish the shop. Check out the website at www.clearybuilding.com, lots of pix and info on office locations. BTW, the blasting cabinet at Harbor Freight is on sale for $200...best money I've spent in a long time.
 

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No room for in-laws, but lots of 220 and 110V outlets, plus hoist, A/C, sink, bathroom, and cable modem for VMF'ing. The garage plans are tentatively approved by the Home Owners Association.

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Floor drains! and plumb the walls for air ( run the pipes so your not dragging compressors)

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A Freeking kiln? What kind of a garage is that? Thats how it starts...first a kiln,then the bycicles,xmas decorations,snow shovels,plastic lawn ornaments,fourteen years worth of past "Lady Home Journal" magazines. Put your foot down now. Let them get a toe hold and your done. And remember,when you lay it out,12 foot high ceilings and a spot for the old refrigerator. Electrical outlets for all the old neon oil& gas signs. You can get the plans to build an "Oh my God" sand blasting cabinet from TIP. They are listed in Hemmings.
Good luck. Hang tough
 
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Get you a sink with foot controls like in the hospital, you'll love it.

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Hey phaco,glad to see you're here! I've really enjoyed the site. O.K. How about floor anchors to lash your projects down if you need to straighten something. DO NOT FORGET a computer so you can keep in touch with us when you take refuge from SWMBO! But one of the most important things IS A GOOD FIRE EXTINGUISHER!

Keep in touch, BTW, I changed from 'my 66 coupe" to Huskinhano, someone took my handle on the new forum.

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If there's room make a small office area to keep all of those greasy magazines and shop manuals...Enclosed supply cabinet or something to protect them from the dust and such...

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Don't cost much, but oh so useful.

Also, separate room for paint booth / show car storage. Nice way to keep things clean while grinding away on the next one.

Here's mine:
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The bay on your right is a separate room where I keep the boat and paint the occasional car.


Coppertone's current condition:
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I just finished my "coral". I put in a zoneline A/C, a toilet, fridge, phone line, intercom to the house and even cable! I don't have to go inside the house for days! Just make sure you have at least 26' of depth or you will be cramped. That allows for shelves against back wall and room to work at the rear and front of car without opening garage door. Good luck keeping the other junk out-my old lady was storing the kids bikes and other toys before I was even finished.
 
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I helped build a nice garage for a not-too-crazy guy which came out pretty nice. 40'X60' with one bay isolated from the rest of the shop area by a block wall. The single bay served as a paint booth and undercarriage work area. The pit was vented outside with furnace filters in-line and, when not in use, had a grate on top making it a perfect down-draft paint booth with recessed flourescent lighting across both block walls. It also worked as a good cold-weather wash spot. He had other show cars and was tired of the dust and loose parts in the same area. The rest was top notch; all finished wallboard, painted trimmed with trophies, posters, neons, and cool stuff on the walls, shelves and cabinet tops as well as a neat gas pump and vintage Coke machine.
I'll see if I can't get a pic from him to put up.
 

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If you followed all of the other suggestions your probably in the $50,000 range by now, why not ad a few thousand more and install a fire sprinkler system, can save you on your insurance and may save your toys one day.

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Thanks one and all for the suggestions. It's better that the inlaws are out in the garage than in the house, because they'll be here 6-8 weeks a year one way or the other. The kiln is a way to get SWMBO on board with the project. Bikes and such will always be a problem, but I'm planning on building more space than I can realistically use. Problem is that once I build the garage, I'll never be able to move.
 
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