Has anyone used ICF for the pony wall in their shop?
I think you might be surprised in the steel price. Talk to Alex at Svenska builders.For the guys who have already built a shop, pros/cons of building type. I'm looking at putting up a larger shop as well next spring/summer and have been getting quotes on steel, stick frame and post buildings (using the concrete post in the ground). Prefab concrete I'm guessing will break the bank, sounds like steel will cost the most, followed by stick frame with a 4' pony wall around the outside. The post structure sounds cheapest and quickest, the wood never touches the ground and can be up in a few weeks if all goes well. My neighbor built a 60x100x24 using steel frame with wood frame in between with a 3' footing wall around the outside, very well built but it actually creaks in the wind and you can see where the steel girders are behind the tin as that is where the dust clings too (static?) Leaning towards the post style due to price and they are a fairly local company. TIA
My shop accounts for roughly 40% of my total gas bill. House and shop are on same meter. So some pretty rough numbers here. Can't really say about electricity costs as there are too many variables so I'll just give you the natural gas heating costs.drylandfarmer,
What do you think it costs to heat your shop for a year?
Lottery dreamsOur new shop is 80'x 200' x 20', it has a 50' x 20' tall bi fold door on the end and a 32' x 18 ' side door. It is will be getting a full heated floor and spay foam this spring... finished out with steel. My advice would be the same as others have said...build as big as you can afford. We are looking at building a 98' x 280' x 22' building for misc. equipment which hopefully is big enough. Also, over 100' wide really adds to the cost.
Aww, but doesn't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy know you are leaving the world a better place for Justin's children??!!I'm not including the stupid Alberta Carbon Levy of $1.517 per GJ or $265 for the winter as this is a BS tax that I'm confident will go away with a new spring government.:9: