Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: east central Alberta
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In my opinion a cold storage shed is great to do with poles. With the amount of extra investment in a heated shop like floor and drains, insulation, wiring and plumbing, heating system, maybe cranes and other specialized equipment like air lines, welder plug ins, special doors, lighting, etc. etc. I have always thought it was worth some extra cost to build a longer life structure on a good insulated concrete grade beam. I built a 40x60x16 in the early 90s (and consider it one of the best investments I ever made) on a 4' insulated grade beam (two feet in and two feet out of ground) and think that is a key to a warm floor and low heat cost. At the time my gas bill only increased on average $20/month and a max of $30 for the 6-7 months heat was a factor. That was a simple 125,000 btu infrared tube heater that has worked just perfect ever since. That was compared to just the house on gas and I keep the shop thermostat at 10-15 degrees always. Most of us don't care if a shop lasts 100 years but is there any reason it couldn't? Compared to pole life of 40-50 years or less. A few of the things I have really liked having is a sloped floor to drains, a warm dry floor with sealer and hardener makes cleanup easy, a 2 ton jib crane that can swing out the big door part way, lots of plugins (one per circuit and 2 circuits per plugin in high use areas) , use #12 wire and 20 amp breakers on the high use plugins around welding and where you might plug in high draw block heaters etc. out front, good lighting (originally I had 8' fluorescent tubes but have switched to 8' led tubes and like them), put some floor anchors into concrete under the crane and in the pad out front, they come in handy sometimes.
A nice warm shop is a treat to have, specially with our long cold winters where you can work in comfort and be productive all winter doing maintenance and building things. Just having a warm place to park your grain truck and loader tractor overnight makes life so much easier, not to mention everything last about 10 times as long. Good luck with your new shop!