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Hi sorry,new here so be kind!! I have had a salon for 11 years and with covid etc I cannot cope with rent etc,was seriously considering working from home myself part time from a log cabin/summerhouse. Realistically what size of space would I need? Basically 1 back wash basin and 1 work station and cupboard and trolleys the bare minimum! I had thought 8 feet by 8 feet, am I being ridiculous thinking this small?x
 

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8 by 8 is a bit small. Do you know the measurements of your old place? Don’t forget that you’ll need to be Covid secure so allow a bit extra otherwise it will feel too small to be safe.

you need to measure very carefully the size of everything that you’ll have in your salon and create a life size model using cardboard boxes and bits of furniture. Do it in the corner of a room so that you have two proper walls and use string at different heights to mock up the other two walls. Remember to allow for a 3ft door to swing open. Make sure that you have someone come into your imaginary studio wearing a coat and carrying some bags.and a brolly.

have a look at the log cabin threads see what other people have gone for.

You might want to look at converted shipping containers or portacabins. Rather than build too small buy something second hand to try.
 

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If you're on Facebook, there's a page called "beautiful sheds" if you have a look at that there's 1ks of people using cabins etc for hair and beauty. All shapes and sizes.
It's nice to see what others have done with such little space or even such big spaces.
 

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I work for an insurance broker and I’d definitely recommend trying to stay away from a wooden construction. It’d be hard for you to find insurance for it. A lot of our clients have converted garages into a salon so it has its own separate entrance or have converted a room in the house.
 

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Good point Cookiedog12. It’s a massive fire risk.

I have a bit of a horror of fire. My parents house burnt down when I was 21, the whole family were devastated - and their next door neighbours who became homeless as well. Fire is devastating. You lose precious mementoes that can never be replaced and these trigger memories. My mother can hardly remember any of my childhood, it’s as though that burnt to bits as well.
 

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Good point Cookiedog12. It’s a massive fire risk.

I have a bit of a horror of fire. My parents house burnt down when I was 21, the whole family were devastated - and their next door neighbours who became homeless as well. Fire is devastating. You lose precious mementoes that can never be replaced and these trigger memories. My mother can hardly remember any of my childhood, it’s as though that burnt to bits as well.
Fire is a huge risk but it’d also be the potential water damage that could also be a risk. If it’s all wood, as most people will know, over time water starts to penetrate and can damage valuable pieces of equipment & furniture
 

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Oh thank you so much for all your replies! I measured out 8x8 in my kitchen and it's a bit impractical for all I would need to fit in! I'm going to look at my finances,shouldn't take long 😄,an see what I can afford. If I can't do it right and still look professional theres no point !! Thanks again
 

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Oh thank you so much for all your replies! I measured out 8x8 in my kitchen and it's a bit impractical for all I would need to fit in! I'm going to look at my finances,shouldn't take long 😄,an see what I can afford. If I can't do it right and still look professional theres no point !! Thanks again
Not sure if this is an option for you but just putting it out there just incase you don't know about it. Some companies do finance - It's an option I looked at myself. With some you're able to pay off as much as you can afford as a deposit and then spread the rest over monthly payments - which you can put up or down.
 

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Hi sorry,new here so be kind!! I have had a salon for 11 years and with covid etc I cannot cope with rent etc,was seriously considering working from home myself part time from a log cabin/summerhouse. Realistically what size of space would I need? Basically 1 back wash basin and 1 work station and cupboard and trolleys the bare minimum! I had thought 8 feet by 8 feet, am I being ridiculous thinking this small?x
You our state board has a list of itmes needed and minimum square footage .
 

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