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Different take on a man cave 5 months 2 weeks ago #1

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With the kids growing up we've been looking at downsizing and moving to live with the horses

I was thinking about buying a 20ft container and doing it out as a model workshop. Then we can just move it onto site and power it up.

Could spend some time fitting it out with benches, shelving, lighting, and power. With careful planning there should be easily enough room for working, painting, display, and storage.

Anyone done anything similar?

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Different take on a man cave 5 months 2 weeks ago #2

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Would easily make a good size workshop/studio, I'm currently in a space 1/4 that size. Draw it up, double skin it but don't run bare cable in polystyrene insulation.
Cut a window or 2 in to it and go to a Demolition site and pickup a couple of nice double glazed units.

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Different take on a man cave 5 months 2 weeks ago #3

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That sounds an awesome idea.

Make sure to post photos if you decide to do it.

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Windows and doors will be looked at (through?)

No - if you've got polystyrene you need to run the TPS that has the purple sheath. That's safe to use straight in it. Was thinking about lining with plywood and doing power / lighting in surface conduit. My current workshop has 4x double outlets and 2x quad's. I put in tons of power and never regretted it.

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Different take on a man cave 5 months 1 week ago #5

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Playing with this still. You get about 14m2 to work with so I think would fit the bill for me. Enough space for working, storage, display, and a paint booth. Looks like could buy and fit out for under $5000 if I didn't go crazy



So then I was thinking another 20ft would be awesome done with shelving as a library. Or get a 40ft and do 1/2 workshop and 1/2 library.
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Different take on a man cave 5 months 1 week ago #6

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Yeah I'd need the 20ft for stash lol

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They can work really well and its a very big space!. Ventilation and heating is very important, they are famously bad for damp if you dont.

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Great idea but we need to see the model first www.emodels.co.uk/trumpeter-1-35-20ft-co...01029-model-kit.html

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Depending on how portable you want it there are some decent options on Trademe even.
Obviously DIY would (perhaps should) be cheaper, but sometimes its easier to get someone else to do the hard work and leave you time for the hobby :-)

Even some $1 reserve.
www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/po...4de78f26ffe7e2a8ebc1
www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/po...42c6b17cb84ad84578df

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