But unfortunatelty (or fortunately – depending on how you look at it) I have sold my house where my workshop was. So I had to empty twelve years of “stuff” out of my old workshop and on to the porch of the house where I live now and set about recreating my worksop.
The house where I live now, doesn’t have a garage that I could convert into a workshop, and no spare rooms I could commandeer, so my only choice was to build a workshop. I had two choices: Build from scratch with wood, or buy prefabricated. Building from scratch, while very appealing, is really not an option for me, as the cost would be astronomical, with our lumber being double or triple that of US prices, and my mobility doesn’t lend itself to that sort project anymore.
So that left purchasing a prefab unit. With the humidity and salt in the air here, a metal shed is out of the question, it will have rusted away in five years, so vinyl shed it is. I looked at a lot of sheds/garages, and finally settled on a Duramax 10’ x 15’ Vinyl Garage, similar to the photo below, but not as long and no windows.
In Bermuda as long as the structure does not have a permanent foundation, you don’t require a building permit. So a concrete slab was out, but I chose to use fifteen concrete step pads 12” x 12” as the piles on which to set my 4” x 4” wolmanized treated pitch pine beams.
I need to give credit to my two tireless assistants, my son Dave, and my stepson Aaron, who always come through when I need them. Without them, no shed would be built. After much huffing and puffing, and drinking of Heinekens, the beams were finally leveled and where we wanted them.
Once the beams were locked together, the foundation frame for the shed was put on the beams and then screwed down.
And finally, the interlacing supports for the foundation frame, and the base track for the walls of the garage. That was enough for one weekend, working in 90°F heat. We’ll tackle the walls next weekend, and depending on weather we may even be able to start on the roof.
Again, thanks to my assistants, you were troopers!!!
QUESTION FOR THE LUMBERJOCKS COMMUNITY: I am going to need to reinforce the vinyl walls of this garage in order that I can hang stuff on them (tools and the like). If anyone has any ideas on that subject, I’d love to hear them. Thanks.
-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!