Shop design tips

  • Find the right builder

    Selecting the right builder is critical when planning a building. Be sure that your builder has knowledge, experience, and that they can show you examples of their work.

  • What's it for?

    When planning your building, consider its use. Will you have an office? Do you need spare parts storage?

  • Size matters

    Choosing building size is one of the most important decisions you'll make. When determining height, width and length.

  • Where's the door?

    Stake out site and mark door placement. Then park equipment inside. Will everything fit? Can you get in and out easily? Remember, height can be tricky.

  • Use and size

    How you'll use your building determines ideal building size.

  • Widen out

    Is your building wide enough?

  • Measure twice

    Length can be added later, width cannot.

  • Building specs

    The current trend is toward a wider, taller building, up to 60 feet wide.

  • Considerations

    When developing a site plan, don't forget about issues like traffic flow, location and space for future expansion.

  • Utility features

    Include plans for items like floor drains, wash bays, electricity and compressors.

  • Stay warm

    For heating, consider in-floor radiant heat. But, you've got to have a qualified installer put it in.

  • Radiant heat

    An overhead infrared heater powered by propane or natural gas is another option.

  • Outdoor work area

    A concrete apron outside your building creates a work area when you can't get equipment into the shop.

  • Take care of the floor

    Concrete flooring typically varies in thickness from four to eight inches. After the concrete is poured, be sure to have the floor sealed.

  • Don't feel the noise

    To help control the noise pollution in your shop, you may want to install a band of acoustical steel in a band around the top of the sidewall.

  • Office trends

    Farm offices are moving from the house to the shop. Often, they will include "living spaces" and lounges.

  • More than just an office

    Today's farm shop offices frequently include kitchen/dining space.

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