|Workshop by ikillbugs||posted 04-14-2014 03:41 AM||712 reads||0 times favorited||7 comments|
20 years after having my first (makeshift) workshop, I feel blessed to finally see a deep-seeded desire begin to come to life…. an actual, real-life workshop! Bought our first home a few months ago and it’s a fixer-upper. So months after fixing-upping to an acceptable level, it’s time to focus on the workshop.
It’s a 24’x24’ building, framed out to be a small apartment. Some drywall is in place, but overall it’s unfinished inside. There is a load center installed and 15 amp circuits already ran, including light fixtures and outlets. I plan to run a couple 20 amp dedicated lines for my equipment from the existing load center and this will keep the tools separate from the existing circuitry. Currently there is no service going TO the load center. The previous owner was on a budget too and just rigged an extension cord from the house for temporary service while he was working on the shop (apartment). Soon I will be running a 30 amp line to the building and that will service the shop.
It even has a full bathroom. The toilet is installed, but the sink is not. The drain lines are done but the water line is capped just before entering the building. It’ll take about $20 and 20 minutes to hook this up. Fortunately the bathtub it just sitting there and not installed. I’m pulling that out and putting it on Craigslist…. plus I am replacing the bathroom vanity/sink combo with a plastic utility sink.
I pretty much have a blank slate here, but the framing is so nicely done and I hate to mess up the work… and the center wall is a load bearing wall so I wouldn’t want to compromise this by trying to widen my work area.
After sitting in the shop measuring, looking, dreaming and pondering I have decided to leave the layout as it is. Plus, I feel the 11.5’ x 9.5’ room is a bonus since there is already a 36” door installed and it’s already partially drywalled. It would make a great room for finishing. It is completely closed off from the work area and can remain a “clean room”. Plus it would be awesome for spray painting.
I’m on a budget and I have sold nearly everything I have owned over the years, and I have also had some theft of tools that I have not replaced, so I am starting from scratch. No tools to speak of other than basic hand tools, a couple drills and a circular saw. I’ll be scouting Craigslist for some bargains.
First on my list is to build the wife a nice desk for her birthday. If I can build a decent, makeshift kitchen from 1×3 firring strips and a circular saw, I can build a nice desk with not much more. Currently we are both using basic tables with a 2’x4’ plywood top that I made a couple years ago.