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10 Things to Consider When Building Your Workshop

Metal Buildings

10 Things to Consider When Building Your Workshop

by VersaTube Marketing on May 22, 2019

You are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime—the design and construction of your dream workshop. If you’ve ever had a dedicated workshop before, you know that space to create, build and repair is a retreat that renews your mind and soul. If you’ve never had a workshop to call your own, boy, are you in for one of the greatest joys of your life.

When planning out your workshop, there is a list of things to think through. Although not comprehensive, here’s a great start to 10 things you need to consider when building your new workshop.

What things should you consider when building your workshop?

From building permits to dust collection, there are a million things to think through to make your workshop as functional and fun as possible. Consider the following as you finalize the design of a workshop that meets all your needs.

Permits: Just like any other construction job, you will probably need a permit for a workshop on your property. Check with the city or county zoning and building office to see what permits and inspections will be required. Your local office can be an excellent asset in the planning and preparation needed before construction begins.

Floor Space: Whether you are pouring a foundation or a concrete slab, a sturdy and level floor is a must-have for the proper workshop. Include any plumbing or drains in your floor that you need. Don’t forget to plan enough floor space for all of your large equipment. Plus, design your floor so that large, rollable equipment and tools are movable with ease.

Dream Building: The biggest decision in building your workshop is actually the workshop itself. Don’t skimp on this step! If you want your workshop to stand the test of time, a steel building is the only way to go. Resistant to pests, rot, and damage, a steel workshop can be customized any way you choose. Who is the leader in steel frame workshops? VersaTube, of course! With pre-engineered kits available, you and a few buddies can construct your ideal workshop in only a few days. Using slip-fit connections, VersaTube workshops can be built like a giant Erector set. Need custom specifications for wind or snow load? Our design-you-own structure tool is a workshop man’s dream. Fully customizable, you are just a few clicks away from the workshop of your choice—with all the space for amenities that you could ever desire.

Running Electrical and Plumbing: Perfectly planned electrical and plumbing make a workshop easy and enjoyable to use. Consider a bathroom with a sink, or even a wash station so you don’t have to haul paintbrushes or oil-covered hands back into the house. Plenty of dedicated breakers for lighting and power tools is a must. And ample outlets will serve you well. Don’t forget to run electrical connections to anything you will hardwire into your shop.

Workspace: One thing you will need is sufficient counter space. Both stationary and movable counters are ideal for the proper workshop. Consider your needs for both storage and counter space, and design your space to fit the bill. Movable storage towers can tuck under your workbench when not in use, or can house large equipment on top. You can also plan for additional, expandable flat top space when movable counters are part of your plan.

Plenty of Lighting: A well-lit workshop is a safe and usable workshop. From windows for natural light to plenty of overhead lights, your workshop needs to be a place that can be lit well. Run the proper electrical needed. Add window frame accessories to your VersaTube workshop kit, and consider both ceiling and over-counter lighting for your workbenches.

Shelving and Tool Storage: You will need shelving and storage for paint, oil, and chemicals, as well as storage for your tools. If you like your tools easily seeable, you can add a peg board or moveable toolbox. Tool storage towers that double as extra counter space are also an excellent idea. They can tuck in under your workbench when not in use.

Heating, Cooling, and Insulation: If you plan to use your workshop year-round it is a great idea to insulate your building well. Consider the proper heat source for cool weather, and possibly a window air conditioning unit for the dog days of summer. If the units will not be hard-wired in, plan for the appropriate outlets within reach of unit power cords.

Air Management: Maintained air and good ventilation will keep your workshop clean and safe. If you spend considerable time on woodworking, you know the dust from sawing and sanding can settle over every surface, making for slippery floors and dirty tools. Installing a dust collector and air filtration system can help control and alleviate the mess.

Future Features: Not everything needs to be added at the initial construction of your workshop. However, as your time and budget allow, make space to expand in the future. Plan floor space for larger tools and equipment—even those you may add years from now. Make sure you have enough electrical outlets and breakers installed for expansion. And finally, make sure that your workshop openings are big enough to include larger equipment in the future, if you desire.

There is no better day than today to get started on the workshop of your dreams.

With our patented slip-fit connections, a VersaTube workshop is so easy to build. VersaTube’s American-sourced steel structures come with a 20-year structural frame warranty to help your shop stand the test of time. Choose your workshop from one of our full-workshop kits that come with the metal siding you need for an easy build. Or, choose one of our frame-only kits to finish out with the custom interior and exterior of your choice. This is an exceptional option for those looking to match their house or other outbuildings. Finally, if you are in need of a larger workshop with custom features, our design-your-own structure tool is just the asset you need to design a workshop that is out of this world.

Do you have questions or need extra assistance? Our expert engineers are on standby to help you with any part of your workshop plan. Call us today at 888-217-0891 or contact us here. In no time you’ll find yourself standing in the middle of your newly completed workshop, ready to tackle your next project.