For many, figuring out how to finish the interior of your shop is often harder than deciding on what to do with the exterior. There are many different options you can choose from, so we have helped you by making the decision process a bit easier. The following list is helpful to many when deciding how to create the perfect interior for your farm shop.
Although not everyone does it, lighting your building is a good idea. It extends the possible hours of use and let you better see what you’re doing – and that is an important safety factor. There are four common choices: incandescent, tungsten halogen, fluorescent and high intensity discharge.
The size of electrical service depends on what type of load you will put on it. Will you be welding? What type of heating system will you use? We typically recommend a minimum of 200 AMP service. It must power both the lights and all of your tools.
One thing you must give some thought is how to run your wiring. If you have a lined shop area, you can either run the wires recessed behind the wall, or in surface-mounted conduit in front of the lining.
The best heating method for your building depends on the answers to the following questions:
- How warm do you need it?
- How quickly must it warm up?
- Which is more important: upfront installation cost or long-term cost of use?
- How often will you use it?
- Will you be adding a ceiling?
A concrete floor is the ideal work surface. It’s smooth and easy to keep clean. A 6” floor depth is typical for farm use. Including a floor drain is essential if you plan on washing down equipment. However, be sure to check with your local plumber to find out local regulations such as how waste oil must be disposed of.
Adding an interior deck system is something that must be considered while your building is in the design phase. Determine what you will be storing up there and how much it weighs. Will the deck be just a shelf, or will you want to walk around up there? The answer may require a building with greater interior clearance.
An office area can either be a section of the main building or a separate space, often with a stepped down roof. Think about the location in relation to the shop. You may not want to be close to noisy tools, equipment and air compressors.
When you are presented with different options, you will be more prepared and more likely to minimize any building regrets.
Take the guesswork out of choosing the right size and location!
Do you have an idea of what you want in a building layout but need help determining size and configuration? Then our online building planner tool is just for you! You can design your building to scale, arrange all of your equipment and move around window and door placement. Better yet…when you are done with your plan just save it, email it to us and we’ll give you a price based off of your design. Get started today!
FBi Buildings, Inc., is a post-frame design and self-performing construction company serving agriculture, livestock and commercial/industrial markets in the Midwest that has built well more than 20,000 farm-storage, farm-shop, dairy-barn and beef monoslope structures for cattle confinement, industrial rental projects for investors, horse barns, and pole barn storage buildings for suburban landowners and hobby farmers. Call (800) 552-2981 for more information.