A new workshop is both exciting and kind of daunting, just like a blank canvas for an artist. You can make it whatever you want it to be, the perfect space for you. But where do you start? A lot of the details will come down to your own creativity, dreams, and needs. But here are some points to consider.
Regardless of how you plan to use your workshop, you don’t want to feel cramped. If you’re looking at custom carports for working on cars, for example, a 1-car carport won’t give you enough room to work alongside the car. And don’t forget to leave room for storage! It’s always better to have some extra space.
Leaving space for storage is just the first step. Next, you need to actually determine what needs to be stored and where you will store it. For most workshops, drawers and hooks save the day!
Think about all the utilities you may need
Installing utilities in metal carports is easier to do when the whole building is new, rather than trying to go back and retrofit everything. For starters, you’ll want to have plenty of electrical outlets that are the correct amperage for your tools.
With the booming popularity of cell phones, you may decide you don’t need a telephone line in your workshop. But you may need one if your work requires a fax machine. Think about other conveniences, like Wi-Fi, if you tend to use the Internet a lot as a reference.
Heating and cooling is another important point to consider. You simply won’t be able to enjoy your work (or get much of it done!) if you are uncomfortably hot or cold.
A single light bulb hanging in the middle of a dark, moody workshop is just a Hollywood gimmick. Give yourself ample light so that you can see what you are doing. For late-night work, you should also add outdoor lighting like motion-triggered lights.
What are some features they would appreciate? If you’re not sure, ask! A small lobby area with a check-in desk and a bench makes you look professional and courteous, even before you’ve had much interaction with your client. A clear entrance and signage also helps clients feel welcome. You might even have a vending machine and a TV if your clients typically wait for you to finish your work.
There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to creating a workshop from a metal carport. Let your imagination go wild! Visit some other workshops in the area, or do some online research. Ask people who have the same business or hobby about what they would do differently if they had the opportunity to design a new workshop.
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