This is part one of the construction of my new 16’ x 20’ workshop. This project has been in the planning stage since last fall. The theme of this build is to save money and build wisely. I have had many opportunities over the past 6 months to get some good deals on building materials and am now able to put them to use.
The shop will be a combination of wood and metal stud floor joists, structural metal stud wall framing, exterior grade gypsum sheathing, fiber cement siding and trim, custom made windows and salvage solid oak exterior doors.
Over the past week I have been working on foundation posts, rim joists and metal stud floor joints.
Below are the 4” x 6” pressure treating support posts sunk 2 to 3 feet in the ground with the holes filled with concrete. I graded a minimal amount of dirt around the tops of the posts. I know your not suppose to do that but it it looks pretty and I don’t care.
Next picture is of the exterior 8” rim joists. All wood floor joists, top plate and roof rafters are rough cut hemlock.
Last picture for today is the 8” center joist support beam, 8” metal stud tracks fastened to the hemlock rim joists and half of the 8” metal stud floor joists in place but not fastened. I had access to an excessive amount amount of 8” 20 gauge metal studs. Since they are too light to use as floor joists at 16” on center I decided to place 2 of them back to back every 12”. They are fastened to each other to create an I beam type of truss. At 12” on center they will be plenty sturdy for all present and future work.
This is my first time using metal studs so it will be a learning experience. Additionally, this is my first time building a dedicated, free standing work shop. I am aware that 16’ x 20’ is somewhat small for a shop but it is the extent of what I can build at this time. Ive been reading every post, workshop, book and magazine that involves shops close to my size. I believe with proper planning and space management I will be please with the size.
Im in full swing building this place so I will be updating regularly.