08/07/2019 at 11:34 pm #66037Mark SParticipant
I have often thought about this. We have discussed briefly here on the blog. But I want to hear your specific ideas. How would you design that perfect warehouse\office?
I think the hardest part for me would be to know how big of a place I need. I am X big right now, but where will I be 1 year from now, 5 years from now? Maybe start off by renting and see how it goes. But, then I would hate to have to move all that inventory.
I know my perfect space would include a station for incoming items, at least 1 station for processing items, and a shipping table. Also a large and small studio for taking pictures. And of course a huge area for storing the inventory.
What creature comforts would you have? Music, tv? A tv may be a bit distracting. A ping pong table would be nice, but that would take significant space.
So, share your ideas and help us all expand our own ideas. I am not looking for a place anytime soon, but it is fun to dream.
08/07/2019 at 11:48 pm #66039AmatinoParticipant
- Location: Texas
LOL. I was just daydreaming about this on Monday! 😀
I currently have an old hunting cabin that is my storage shed. It is 8′ wide by 16′ long, exterior dimensions. On one long side it has a door smack in the middle, with a window on either side. On the other long side is an in-window air-conditioner, but it’s not in a window, just mounted. It’s wired with electric outlets and lights.
If I had the funds, I’d buy a 20ft shipping container and have it dropped on the side of the shed, so that the two made an L shape. I’d install air and lights and then move my storage into it. The shed would then become my office. On one side would be my photography studio/packing station. On the other side would be my desk, computer, and printing set up.
In the space in front of the shed created by the L, I would create a concrete floor and a large roof with shelves, tables and a sink with water faucets. New stock would be stacked on the shelves and cleaned and sorted, before being taken into the shed for photographing and listing, and going into the container for storage. I’m not sure if I would enclose the space, possibly with bug mesh to keep out bugs and mosquitoes? Open air to blow out items and let them air, but under cover of the roof, with two sides (the container and the shed) for protection from weather. And everything would be stored in large plastic, lidded totes until it was cleaned and listed.
As I have ADHD, I’m easily distracted, so I wouldn’t have anything in it other than work stuff. The shed is nearly 600 yards from the main house, so I would “go to work.” If I had enough of eBay, I’d lock up, and go home. It would give me, I think, much needed structure and routine to “go to work” and would remove me from the current distractions I deal with (also known as Husband, although distractions sounds much more professional! LOL) Plus, I would then focus on the other things I need to do, go to my eBay office to work, and then go home with the idea that it was the end of my day. On the negative side though, I’d hate to be working until 10PM at night (as I am now) and still have to walk home in the dark. In full moon, it’s wonderful here, but when there’s no moon, it’s as dark as the Styx. That might creep me out!
08/08/2019 at 6:02 am #66041Winchester38Participant
I am VERY close to buying a house with what could become my ideal space.
It’s got a 30×40 detached garage that’s insulated, dry walled, and heated. Currently trying to figure out how I’ll lay it out if it comes to fruition.
I want it to be entirely self contained. In a perfect world, it’s got:
– Decent lighting, clean floor, walls, and ceiling
– Shelving for hard goods
– Space for rolling clothing racks
– Small area for unlisted inventory
– A photography/listing area
– A packing/shipping station. This will likely also serve as amazon prep/ship space.
– Room to pull my truck in/out (loading/unloading)
08/08/2019 at 9:32 am #66046InglewoodParticipant
Good timing on this question…we were toying the idea of selling our new house because the market is crazy, but decided to stay and are designing things at the moment!
I’m carving out a room that is 11′ x 21′ as my “eBay” room, and another room that is 11′ x 11′ as my shipping and computer/office room.
The 11′ x 21′ room will have lots of natural light, and additional LED lighting built in the ceiling on adjustable fixture for photography. I’m going to setup half the room just for photography – and have various stations (table for small items, wall for larger items/mannequins, and a boutique background for higher end purses/jewelry). The rest of the room will have a wall of closets along the 21′ wall to hang clothing in (to protect it from pets). Then along one 11′ wall and the other half of the room not used for photography, I have metal racking to store bins.
We are going to paint the walls matte white, and have dark hardwood (probably laminate) flooring on the ground for photos.
My packing station/computer/listing room is going to have a big monitor on the computer – getting old and would like it. Also going to install some cabinets to store envelopes/supplies to keep the room clean looking. For a packing station, going to build a large 4′ x 6′ table to make things easy to wrap up and label.
I’m going to waste money on aesthetics…but want a nice looking, organized, and clean workspace this time!
08/08/2019 at 9:48 am #66049JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
We built a 950 square foot building which seemed huge empty. I wish it was twice the size now that we’ve filled it up and are working in it.
What would be nice is to have a second floor so storage is on the bottom and a nice big work space on top.
08/08/2019 at 10:52 am #66056JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Julie B wrote:
We’ve been keeping an eye on real estate listings. One that recently came to market is an unremarkable 3bed/3bath except that it has a 3,000 sq ft steel commercial building right out the back door of the house. It’s heated and has AC, kitchen, bathroom and 2 12 ft roll up doors. I don’t know what the owners used it for (maybe Rv and boat storage or a car collection). They are asking an absurd amount for it – original asking was $815K in rural Georgia, but the price recently dropped to $795K (still absurd given the house and location). I would never pay anywhere near that amount for a house and building but it’s fun to look at the pictures and fantasize. I told my husband I’d use half for ebay and the other half as my own private rolling skating rink.
The poor realtor is trying her darndest to sell it, even offering suggestions on what the building could be used for. My favorite – a daycare! It has black walls and a high black ceiling with no windows. It would be the saddest albeit roomiest daycare ever.
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