Workshop Build #1: Clearing the land

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 02-07-2010 09:42 PM 1559 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a blog about the building of my workshop which has been ongoing now for almost 3 years. My husband wanted a garage for car storage and working on cars and I wanted a workshop for woodworking. We decided on a 40’ x 40’ building with one half for him and one half for me. It was my job to sketch up a rough version of what the building would look like. The plans were drawn by both of us and an architect was needed, according to the by-laws in our township, to design the floor system only. All the building was done by us except the laying of the cement floor.

workshop sketch

We live on 8 acres of land and chose a spot we could clear of trees and debris that was conveniently close enough to the house and the driveway. In September of 2007 my husband rented a backhoe and began clearing the spot. It was full of trees he had to remove, as well as huge boulders and a lot of tree roots and branches. Here it is cleared:

future garage location

Weeping tiles were laid in the spot under where the garage would sit.

laying weeping tiles

It took 20 loads of gravel to fill in the spot enough to bring it up to level.

truck load of fill

The last photo was from Sept. 16, 2007. We waited over the winter for the snow to come and go so that it would settle enough for us to begin building in the spring of 2008.

Feb. 2008 we had a big open flat area waiting for us, but no sign of spring:

winter break

I hope to update this soon!

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 09:44 PM

Looks like a great start

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 09:52 PM

Good start, what are weeping tiles?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 11:15 PM

Looks great. I’m feeling very jealous. Good luck to you and your husband and I hope it comes out better than you both expected!

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 11:25 PM

Nice start, the old shop is also pretty cool. Please keep us updated on the progress.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 03:10 AM

WOW! I love seeing custom shops come together. Please keep us up to date!

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 03:42 PM

rtb: Here we call it weeping tiles, but I guess it is better known as drainage pipe. The plastic perforated pipe collects water from around the foundation and takes it away. It’s covered with a filter fabric to prevent dirt from clogging up the system.

-- ~Julie~

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 04:57 PM

OK I’ve always heard it called a ‘French Drain” I think its a very wise move, although with 20 loads of gravel I wouldn’t think that you will have to much of a drainage problem.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 07:37 PM

Hey Julie, Gonna be sweet… you’ll be kicking the old man out of the other half of the garage to expand your shop in no time …LOL :)

Btw, French drain usually refers to a pit with gravel etc where grey water is piped for drainage (like a dry well).
Weeping tile, tile drainage is what you have around your footing (Big-O), and it’s always covered with clear stone to assist in drainage ;)

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 07:43 PM

One more thing about weeping tile… I was told once that the origin of the term comes from before perforated plastic pipe when actual short clay pipe sections were used for the same purpose. I dug a couple hundred feet of them out of the ground on my first house. The stuff that we used to do…ha. That same house used PAPER SEWAGE PIPE doped with tar to connect the house to the septic tank as well! 30 years later guess what happened to that paper…duh ;)

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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