First off, if you have the possibility, go with a detached shop. No
dust on the cars, no lumber scratches on the cars, both cars in the
garage where they belong.
I'm in Austin. I have an 11x22 foot shed shop behind our garage. We're
in Circle C Ranch, where the HOC is very strict (maybe the most strict
The shed was there when we bought the house (BONUS!), and it looks
like it was built by one of those shed companies (Tuff Shed, etc.). I
don't know what kind of certifications were necesary, but it's a big
shed, and it's in Circle C, and I've seen others.
The power is coming from the garage, on one circuit, so I'm going to
need to upgrade that.
The doors have started to rot (I think the thing is 10+ years old, and
is trimmed with pine). If I leave a tool box open near the doors
during a hard rain, I'll get some rust. Elsewhere in the shop I have
no rust, and I'll be building new doors this month.
I have a window AC unit from Wal-Mart, that keeps part of the shop
cool in the summer. I've insulated the sunny side walls and ceiling.
It's not too bad in there.
It's small, but big enough for my needs.
Oh, and it's on skids. I guess I like that, but I worry about them
rotting now that the thing is getting old. Of course, I have a new
framing nailer, so I'm itching to build something big anyway...