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Experience is the best teacher


Outside view of shop
A shop with a view

From his below-grade shop, Fred has great views of the mountains. A lower-level yard makes it easier to transport materials and finished goods in and out of the shop. The garage and shop are separated from the main hose by a small bridge.

TYPE: Dedicated space under detached garage

SIZE: 32'8"x 22'10", ceiling height is 8'3"

CONSTRUCTION: Hand-hewn timber-framed structure with 16" trusses between ceiling and garage floor above. R-60 insulation in ceiling; R-30 insulation in walls. Concrete slab floor

HEATING: Water-heated radiant slab. Water is heated by the wood/oil-fired boiler in the basement of the house. Three heating zones for house; added fourth zone for shop


ELECTRICAL:100-amp service panel

LIGHTING: Fourteen 4'-long, 2-tube full-spectrum fluorescent fixtures

DUST COLLECTION: Oneida cyclone 2-hp dust collection, plus central vacuum

AIR COMPRESSOR: Coleman Powermate 1 1/2-hp oilless compressor

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