I am in the process of doing the same thing right now.
Also have 10 acres, and had a 40x60x12' pole building put up this
summer, w/ 1 1 lx12 insulated o/h door, 2 service doors, 6 4x3
windows, and a 15x12 sliding door. 1/2 of it will be shop and the
other 1/2 cold storage ("Minnesota" type cold).
Have had water installed (frost proof hydrant tied in to existing
water lines to well) and a floor sump/drain put in. Check w/ your
local building authority - ie town, county. My county building
department about had a fit when I said water and a drain line for a
scrub sink - they actually wanted me to put in a mound type septic
system (tank and drain field) for a scrub sink - only about $9K - vs
my floor drain only needed a single line of 100' of tile on a bed of
rock. Go figure. And who knows what could get added later on - one
never knows.....at least thats what my drain and water contractor
Just got the concrete poured (40x30) and installed 1" high density
foam board under it. Acts as a vapor barrier (help to prevent the
concrete from sweating) and helps keep the cold from coming thru the
floor - would have liked to done in-floor hot water heat, but too
spendy. Also insulated between the posts along the perimiter of the
building with 1.5" high density foam - to keep the cold from coming in
thru the edges of the concrete.
Am in the process of running power in now. Have a 100A panel for the
building and am running #6 wire (protected by a 50A breaker in the
house (feed source)). Electrical inspector is ok with this - the 100A
panel gives me plenty of slots and then I can upgrade the building to
100A service in the future. The 100A main breaker in the panel will be
acting as a disconnect, while the breaker in the house will protect
against overload (also have other outbuildings daisy chained on the
And that takes care of the money supply for now. Will have to save up
some coins before I can continue. Next up would be the ceiling and
insulation - am thinking of going with steel and 30" of either
cellulose or fiberglass.
Best of luck w/your project ....
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