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Thread: How big is too big...for a shop?

  1. #1
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri

    How big is too big...for a shop?

    We're looking at a property in a couple of days with a small barn. Will probably have to partition some space and then figure out what to do with the rest.

    We drove by it today and looks to be what we are looking for house wise. The previous owners were planning to run a horse boarding facility and it would work well for that, but we'd have to have someone do that part for us as my wife and I are already busy enough with our current jobs.
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  2. #2
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    How big is too big?
    No such thing...

    But that looks like it might just be big enough...
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    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    No such thing...

    But that looks like it might just be big enough...
    +1 to what he said.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX
    Section off what you think you will use for a shop. Just don't make permanent walls. Keep growing until you reach the other end.
    Wowser, that is a big facility! Is there acreage for people to ride? Could you rent out stalls where the owner had to take care of the horse? I'd be afraid of some that wouldn't show up to take care of it though, then you'd be right back in the place of providing that service. On second thought, keep it as all shop. Jim.
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  5. #5
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Not too big. Maybe you can add on later.
    Actually, it is great. Do what you want, where you want and still have room left for trucks and other boys toys.
    No longer will you look at the occasional great deal on a honkin' huge piece of equipment and muse "boy, if I only had the room....".
    Whole place looks like a winner. I'm sure you will enjoy.
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    This is a trick question, right? Like, can you have too many clamps?
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  7. #7
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    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Minimal space there. Where would you have room to store wood? This is an awesome looking facility.


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  8. #8
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    For me, I think it'd be sectioned into a wood shop, a metal shop, a recording studio, and storage. Maybe, just maybe, it'd be enough room to hold all the stuff we've accumulated and can't seem to be able to let go.
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  9. #9
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    Mar 2008
    Looks just about right.
    As for horses put that silly notion out of your head now.
    You think woodworking is an expensive hobby,
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  10. #10
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    +1 on what Vaughn said, I see one playroom after another.

    Woodworking, finishing room, wood storage, boys den, metal working shop, welding shop, cnc shop, electronics/computer lab, video production lab, cut a hole in the roof and have a mini observatory,

    Keep a few cows, horses etc.

    BUY IT> that is if the price is right and fits your budget.

    After that who would want to go to work

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