The wood bug bites
After painting the house and finishing the shed, I got heavier into woodworking. I had now built several tables, and other projects, but was frustrated by lack of space to work.
The garage had been demolished by a previous owner so any wood projects meant driving to class or hauling my tools out of the shed and basement.
The backyard when we bought the house. Note the dead trees and the massive eucalyptus stump from a tree that had fallen 20 years earlier.
The dilapidated fence and my first metal shed. Now gone. The blue tarp on my neighbors side is gone too! Thank you world.
Other corner of the yard.
We had paid tons to get the trees trims. By fall of 200 4 I had torn down the fence and built a new redwood privacy fence. Kristin had also planted a very nice garden.
We hired a local architecht at the end of 2004, went through the joy of project approval at the historic planning department and in October of 2005.
We found a great carpenter who let me work with him to build the garage/shop.
Now it’s on
The foundation is framed. You can see my two sheds in the background. Poor Kristin’s yard was dug up.
Pouring the concrete. I stayed home to “help”.
My shop takes shape. I helped lift the walls but Dennis, our carpenter, built the ceiling alone!
The shear panel is on. Here I did the electrical trenches. Very amusing to my wife to watch me struggle with this machine.
The trim goes on. We lucked out and the lumber yard sent rough mahogony ply for the exerior (accidental upgrade). Wonderful wood grain.
Closer on ply. Electrical was now roughed in.
We decided to stain the building instead of paint. No priming and you can see the grain of the ply. We also stained the concrete foundation. We had custom stain mixed to match our house colors. Here Picasso cuts in with tiny brush. My fence on the left.
By Spring 06, the shop was built and stained. The brown trim is actually paint. We added the battens to give the shop a farm feel. I installed the lights.
I took on the drywall work. Drywalling the loft sucked.
Here is the first door I built and installed. By now the shop was painted. I think everyone should build their own shop doors.
Second door is in. The finished shop. I hung my trusty sawblade at the top. It is a gear that I have carried around for 15 years. It finally found a home. You can see some landscaping in the back of the shop as the garden starts to return to normal.
Hope you enjoyed. Next time.. We get serious about the interior…
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