Shop and store
Ken and Deb Woelber debated long and hard about whether to put up a new shop and where to store the machinery. “The building site we had to work with wouldn't necessarily accommodate two separate buildings,” Ken recalls. “So going with a single structure not only provided a simple solution but also cut down somewhat on construction costs.”
The Hull, Iowa, couple erected a 60-foot-wide, 208-foot-long building. They put up a partition wall 64 feet back from the front of the shop's 20-foot-wide overhead door to create the shop area.
“I wanted to keep auto and mechanical work separate from welding. Doing so would keep the main shop cleaner as well as confine fumes,” Ken says. “So we added a second partition wall to create a 40-foot-deep welding bay that also gives us parts storage. That room has its own exterior 16-foot-wide door as well as a 4-foot door that accesses the shop.”
The remaining 104 feet at the back of the building gives them ample machinery and large parts storage. “We added a welder outlet in the far corner of the storage area for a portable welder. There are plenty of outlets throughout the shop and extra storage,” Ken says.
Features of the Woelbers' shop include a combination restroom and laundry area in a 10×12-foot room, a 12×24-foot office in the other corner of the shop (the ceilings above both rooms provide loft storage), and an automotive lift. “The lift was one of the best investments I made in the shop,” Ken says. “The fact that everything – from toolboxes to benches to power tools – is portable keeps the majority of the floor area free so we can handle multiple projects.”