|Forum topic by justjkit||posted 01-03-2016 02:16 AM||829 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-03-2016 02:16 AM
A little background …
6 months ago I purchased my first home with my wife. I’ve had zero experience with wood working, or home renovations prior to buying this home. I lived in downtown Chicago in a high rise for several years and I think I can remember having to go buy a hammer and screwdriver set at one point to do some minor work around the condo.
I’m a semi-successful 32 year old marketing/IT computer guy. I was the winner of this years Chicago Innovation People’s Choice Award: http://growthequitygroup.com/chicago-innovation-peoples-choice-award-winner.html.
Computers have been my life since I was a child. Wood working, fixing things … never my cup of tea. Since purchasing my home, I’ve found a new passion .. something that I enjoy more than anything I ever have in my life. Building stuff.
It started with renovating the home. Then the wife wanted a $2000 kitchen island off wayfair. Then she wanted a $3500 dining table. And on and on and on.
Well, I’ve had most of the tools from the home renovation … so I started building. I used my computer design and animation skills and fired up autocad, autosketch and home illustration software programs and designed custom furniture that my wife wanted.
Somehow, I ended up building these things. Quite well. To this day, I still surprise myself at how well I can build things .. especially being such an amateur.
Ok, enough of the member intro. Let’s get down to the thread subject. My shop.
My wife is a creative genius. We bought a $219k home and in 6 months, rehabbed it with not hiring a single contractor, and built up nearly $150k in equity. The home belongs in a magazine. All the credit goes to her creative choices that I never thought made any sense at the time. We have the rustic/modern concept ideals.
We’ve decided to start building furniture. Well, I decided because I enjoy it so damn much. We have a huge home, however, the basement has already been converted into a gaming/entertainment area, with a separate laundry area.
This really only leaves one other area on my property to build a shop. Our 2.5 car garage. We’re in Chicago. It gets cold. I also like toys. We have a large truck. A big sedan. A motorcycle and a scooter … and then we have all the lawn equipment.
I’m a marketing guy. If we’re going to build furniture, and make a couple bucks while doing it, we need to utilize proper marketing techniques to make it happen. Today, video is king. Blogs, youtube, tutorials, etc. is how people learn. It’s how I learned.
My shop needs to be able to be beautiful on video. It needs to house all my toys and be able to be used as an office/showroom when clients want to come discuss projects as well as function as a wood working shop.
The purpose of this thread is to document my journey in building a wood working shop in my garage, while maintaining storage capabilities.
A couple of roadblocks …
1.) My wife and I both hate clutter. We need a storage solution for all our scrap wood, and other things that can be out of sight, out of mind. I need to build a proper rafter storage solution.
2.) It’s cold in Chicago. The detached garage needs to be able to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
3.) The home does not have an upgraded electrical system. I’m running on 120.
4.) I just renovated a 3500 square foot home to a mid-high level of quality. It wasn’t cheap. In spring, the entire exterior of the home, as well as the landscaping and large fence needs to be upgraded. It’s going to cost a lot more money before we’re done. I don’t have a huge budget for this shop.
Since it’s about 25 degrees this week. The first step is to insulate and drywall the garage. I agree with the comments that wood sheets instead of drywall are more functional .. I choose drywall because the “image” of the shop will play a key factor in the marketing and video side of things.
Today I started the insulation and drywall project. Insulation for the 2.5 car garage cost $110 from Home Depot. The drywall cost another $105.
I bought this heater due to the good reviews: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lifesmart-1500-Watt-6-Element-Large-Room-Infrared-Bulb-Heater-with-Remote-ZCHT1001US/206021791 however after insulating the walls (not the roof area yet), I was only able to get the temp. inside the garage from 30 degrees to 40 degrees. I didn’t want to go with a propane or kerosene heater but since I don’t have 240v, it looks like I’ll have to.
I’d love to hear suggestions on heating my garage without 240.
I was able to insulate using batts and drywall the entire garage in 6 hours by myself.
continued on next post …
-- Member intro and shop build: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/137306