For many, building a custom workshop is a dream opportunity. If you have been working on your various projects in a shared space or in a space that wasn’t quite right for the job, having a custom workshop is a game-changer. Of course, you probably only get one shot at this project, so getting it right the first time is important.
In this article, we’d like to present you with a few questions you should ask yourself as you prepare to build this new space. By asking the right questions, you can gain clarity on the project, and the overall vision will start to come into focus.
For a partner that will make it possible to create nearly whatever you have in mind for the space, turn to Carport Kingdom. We specialize in customization, so take your idea of what you want this space to be over to the Build & Price tool and start to create it. When questions come up, just contact our team, and we’ll help right away. We can’t wait to hear from you!
How Much Space Do I Need?
Perhaps the most important part of developing a great custom workshop is making sure you have the space inside you’ll need to work on your projects comfortably. Many people struggle with working in a space that is too small for what they need, so getting out ahead of that problem and building a workshop that is big enough from the start will be a wonderful luxury.
As you do your calculations on size, remember to think about what room you need to actively work, and also what room you need for tools and storage. Whether this will be a woodshop, a workshop for vehicles, or some other kind of application, there are sure to be plenty of tools and supplies that come along with it. Do your best to estimate how much space is required for those components, plus the floor space you need to do your work, and you can come up with an estimate of the square footage required.
Where Will the Workshop Be Located?
Another important piece of this puzzle is determining where the new workshop will be located on your property. An element of zoning plays into this choice – more on that in a moment – but you’ll also just want to think about it from a practical perspective to decide what location is most convenient.
Do you want the workshop to be close to your house so you can just walk out there quickly? Or would you like extra space between the shop and the house to reduce noise and give yourself some privacy? There is no right or wrong answer here, but it is another question worth considering carefully.
What Are the Relevant Zoning Restrictions?
No one wants to deal with code rules and zoning restrictions, but they are a fact of life when building a new structure. This is one point that you definitely want to get out in front of when planning your project, as having the right permits and permissions in place before you start building is the only way to go. A call to your local city or county agency, or even just a visit to their website, should give you the information you need to get started.
Sticking to a Budget
Of course, your budget is going to have to come into the discussion at some point. Rather than going through the process of designing your dream workshop, only to later realize you can’t afford to build it, it’s better to think about budget early on and then work within those constraints.
By going with a metal building from Carport Kingdom, your dollars will go farther, and you’ll get more space for your money. Metal structures like our garages and workshops tend to be significantly less expensive than similar wood buildings, both in terms of materials and labor. If you’ve priced out this project based on a wood structure, take the time to get a quote on a metal building, and you might be pleasantly surprised.
It’s easy to rush into this type of project only to miss some important details that you will wish later you considered at the beginning. Take just a bit of extra planning time to sort through the suggested questions above, and you can have confidence that the direction you select will be the right one for your needs. Contact us today!