Over the next few months, I'll be finalizing house plans for a new place (the build is over 12 months away still). As I won't have much backyard, I'll be ditching my current sheds and making the garage my one and only workshop / storage place. I was wondering if I could get some advice about the things that concern me: sound-reduction, lighting and power.
First up the basics, it's a 7m wide x 6m deep garage (23' x 20'). It will have a double sectional garage in the middle of the 7m frontage. Presumably the internal height will be 9" (2.7m). It will need space to store one car only. Unfortunately, the builder is going to be plastering/drywalling all walls and roof. Sketch below:
For me it will function as a combined filming studio (I review tools), woodwork workshop and storage. So I'm looking for very good lighting, heaps of power points, good sound-proofing and general workshop utility.
I thought I might ask the builder to put sound-insulating batts into the house-adjoining wall cavities. Also make the internal access a solid (external) door. Then might attach 3/4" plywood (lime washed) to all the walls for general utility, further sound-insulation and appearance. Problem is, will the sound just go straight through the ceiling then, which will only have regular insulation? Might ask builder to locate switchboard in garage.
Need lots of lighting, and will put the manhole in here. Would like to make use of the space in the ceiling for storing timber etc, but not sure how I'd achieve this neatly. Happy to cut up the drywall, but I'll have lots of lights/wiring to worry about. I'm considering partitioning the roof cavity to stop noise entering the house (as above).
I don't know my internal layout yet, so I'm planning to put power points everywhere. But then again, if I put a second cladding on the walls (ply), I should wait until this is done to make it easier. Ultimately I'd like double GPOs at 1.5m spacing around the shed (just above bench height), with a couple of 15A points also. I'm thinking of wiring these 15A GPOs ready for electric car charging (32A).
It may sound like I've got it all sorted, but I really don't. I'm second guessing myself constantly, and would love the communities thoughts and ideas!