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Bring it

You know, if I were independently wealthy, like if I had won the lottery, I'd pretty much just stay at home and make shit. I'd have a huge-ass workshop with woodworking and machining sections as well as a nifty electronics design lab. And I'd build a forge for recovering aluminum scrap. I'd also have an open account at McMaster-Carr.

Don't get me wrong, I like where I live. I like the convenience, I like the neighborhood. But my tiny parcel of land doesn't lend itself well to industrial pursuits or off-the-grid experimentation.

However, getting to a place that does that's still within decent range of work and isn't outlandisly expensive is somewhat of an exercise in futility.

I'm still back to doing a garage workspace/studio. Careful reading of Minneapolis city building code 537.60 states that the maximum floor area allowed is 676 square feet, which in a mazimized configuration is 26 x 26 feet. The floor area distinction is critical: to me that means the inside wall-to-wall floor, and not the exterior wall-to-wall footprint of the building. If the foundation walls are 8" thick (AKA the thickness of a concrete block), that's a 16-inch difference, or a little over 75 square feet of usable space.

Lotsa paperwork tonight.


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Jan. 16th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Doesn't building code only apply if you are renting/leasing space? If it is your own business (such as an LLC, etc.) then it should not matter if you are using your garage for it (the business) or not, so long as it does not negatively impact the neighborhood (i.e. no one complains). Or am I going down the wrong path?

Jan. 16th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
No, I need to actually build a garage first. I can use it as a studio or a workshop just fine.

The building code applies to the new construction.
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
I think that by "floor area" they mean to say "footprint". I would infer that to mean the outside dimension.
Jan. 16th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
That's the issue I need to clarify.
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