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Thread: Garage Renovation for Workshop

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    N CA
    “For a garage”? Don’t designate it as such. You are improving the interior of your home. Yes, it has a big door, but you are building this out as an extension of the home. Also, having experience with this in the Boston area, once you condition it and turn it into a shop you won’t want cars in and out of it. They make too much of a mess. Project cars aside, of course.

  2. #17
    It's impressive how you've tackled the renovation of your garage to create a workshop space. The dedication and planning you've put into this project are evident, and it's clear that you're passionate about woodworking. Having a dedicated workshop can be a game-changer, and you'll soon be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor as you bring in your tools and start creating. It's great to see your progress and enthusiasm for your woodworking journey!

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Having lived North of Boston, I would do spray foam if it was me. I didn't do that in my garage when I lived there, but I didn't use that as a workshop. Can you say frozen pipes??
    - Its not that Im so smart, its just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
    - Welcome to Florida. Where the old folks visit their parents

  4. #19
    Hoping to post an update soon but I ended up going with spray foam on the roof. The extra ceiling space will make it feel a lot more open and I avoided needing to add a vent to the roof. No water out to the garage fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it).

    We replaced all the plumbing in our house when we bought it and made sure all the water pipes were inside the envelope. This past winter was especially cold, lots of burst pipes among friends and family, and we didn't have any issues.

  5. #20
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    I have zero regrets for doing the spray foam and keeping the "up there" space open in my own new shop, Denis. There are so many advantages, both visually as well as practically, and for the latter, it includes ease of putting certain kinds of infrastructure up above the bottom of truss/ceiling level.

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  6. #21
    Agreed, it will be nice to run the ducts for dust collection above what would have been the ceiling level.

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