Anyone who’s ever had a dedicated workshop knows how important it is that you have the space you need to create, build, and repair in. Whether you’re actively gardening on your property, doing woodwork, doing metalwork, or even repairing and building automobiles, having a dedicated workshop is crucial to providing you with the necessary room to not only work but to store your tools and equipment. Proper storage space is essential to ensuring that tools and equipment are kept safe from theft or damage caused by exposure to the elements.
If you are thinking about adding a workshop to your property, there are a few things that you should take into consideration.
12 Crucial Things to Think of When Building a Workshop
The following are 12 things you should consider before you build a workshop on your property:
1. Floor Space
First, you’ll want to make sure that your workshop has enough floor space to fit any large equipment you plan to house while still being able to move around freely inside. You’ll also want enough space to be able to move equipment in and out without any issues.
Unfortunately, you can’t just build anything you want on your property. Any construction work that you do will likely require a permit. You’ll want to make sure to check with the city or county zoning and building office in your location to determine what permits and inspections will be required.
3. Design and Outlook
When it comes to meeting your specific workshop needs, don’t forget about its aesthetic. The appearance of your workshop does matter since it will affect your property’s overall curb appeal. You’ll want to make sure that your workshop fits the design of your existing property, including your home and landscape.
Your workshop should have an entry that’s wide enough for your largest piece of equipment to fit through. As such, be sure to measure your equipment before you finalize your workshop entry’s specifications.
5. Flooring and Foundation
You’ll need to make sure that you build your workshop on a solid foundation. If you don’t, it may affect the stability of the structure. If the soil isn’t compact, you may need to pour a concrete foundation. Grading may be required to ensure your workshop isn’t built on a slope. Finally, you’ll want to consider what type of flooring will best suit your needs, such as wood or concrete.
6. Electrical and Plumbing
You’re going to need to plan the electrical connections for your workshop, no matter what you intend to use it for. You will need to be able to add lighting fixtures as well as outlets that can be used to power your electrical tools and equipment. Although not as necessary, installing plumbing may be a good idea as well, especially if you want your workshop to have a sink or bathroom.
Not only do you want to have sufficient space for workbenches and equipment, but you may want to install additional counter space as well. Consider how much counter space you’ll need to perform the necessary tasks and provide space for your tools and supplies.
Proper lighting is a must. Not only does poor lighting make it difficult to do work, but it can make the workshop less safe to use. As such, you’ll want to plan for windows that offer plenty of natural light as well as efficient overhead lighting. You may also want to install over-counter lighting for your workbenches. Additionally, you can choose to add skylights to your workshop to provide natural light throughout the day.
To prevent your workshop from getting cluttered, you’ll want to add sufficient storage space to keep all your tools and supplies organized. Consider installing shelves, tool storage towers, and pegboards as storage solutions.
10. Heating, Cooling, and Insulation
A workshop is a space you’ll want to be able to use throughout the year. As such, you’ll need to think about adding air conditioning to keep the space cool in the summers and a heat source to keep it warm in the winters. On top of that, make sure to add the proper amount of insulation to your workshop to ensure that any heat or cool air you produce doesn’t escape outside. Proper insulation can help save a significant amount of money on your heating and cooling bills.
11. Air Management
To keep your workshop safe and comfortable, you’ll need good ventilation. Ventilation is especially important if you are working with chemicals or creating smoke. Besides adding vents to the workshop, you may also want to consider installing a dust collector and air filtration system. Doing so will keep the indoor air quality high and help prevent potential health hazards.
12. Price Versus Quality
Although it’s important that you don’t exceed your budget, it is generally a bad idea to jump at the cheapest possible option. You’re typically paying for quality, which means that if you go with the least expensive option, you may find yourself paying for costly repairs, replacements, and maintenance in the future. At Future Buildings, our structures are customized to suit your needs and priced to match your intended use and location. This allows you to be confident, knowing you are getting high quality at a great price.
Frequently Asked Questions About Steel Workshop Buildings
The following are a few answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about installing steel workshop buildings:
What are the Benefits of Prefab Workshop Buildings?
There are countless benefits to installing a prefab workshop building. Prefab workshops are fully customizable since they are manufactured off-site. This means that you can request certain specifications to ensure that the workshop fits on your property. They’re also easier to install and take less time to do so, which means you can save money on labour and installation.
How Much Maintenance Do Prefab Metal Workshops Need?
Not only is steel incredibly durable, but it’s also resistant to corrosion and wear and tear. As such, our prefab metal workshops require very little maintenance. Cleaning the metal walls is as easy as using soap and water.
Are Prefabs Worth It?
Prefabs are worth it for a variety of reasons. Because they are so durable and resistant to damage, you won’t have to spend as much money maintaining or repairing the workshop as you would if you built it out of wood or other materials. Additionally, they tend to be less expensive over time. You’ll find that purchasing a prefab metal building can save you money over the long term.
Are Steel Workshop Buildings Weather-Resistant?
Steel is incredibly durable and will stand the test of time. It’s also very resistant to the elements, which means that even with long-term exposure to harsh winds, snow, and rain, a steel workshop will experience very little wear and tear.
Get the Perfect Workshop Building that Fits Your Needs
If you need extra space on your property for your work or hobby, installing a prefab metal workshop is the best solution. At Future Buildings, we offer a variety of steel workshop building kits that can be customized to meet your specific needs. Additionally, we use Galvalume Plus™ steel that comes with a 40-year rust perforation warranty.