|Forum topic by Brian||posted 02-13-2014 09:47 PM||2488 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
02-13-2014 09:47 PM
My wife and I have recently purchased 27 acres in Arkansas close to where we currently live. Since I enjoy woodworking and building things myself, I thought, “Why not build my own shop and get some good practice before attempting a house in the same area?” There is an abundance of building knowledge on here so I turn to my fellow lumberjocks to either talk me out of this endeavor, or at least keep me from wasting $15,000 by building something that falls in on me.
I am looking at a 30×40 workshop. Why? Because it sounded big enough and still fairly affordable. I’ve never had a dedicated workshop and am extremely tired of using a 22×20 garage for everything which I have to share with my wife’s car when it is cold.
I will for sure pour a concrete slad foundation. Sounds simple enough, at first. Then you see that some people just frame a square and pour the foundation. Others, similiar to houses, dig a footing, pour some concrete, lay blocks, do some kind of magic something that I’m sure comes from Harry Potter because I can never seem to see a construction site doing this part, then pours the remainder of the foundation.
I plan on framing 10’ walls. If I just frame a square and pour, I will likely build the walls, attach them to the foundation with a concrete gun, then go back and drill out holes for bolts to before secure to the foundation. If I do a footing first, I do not know how you attach a wall to concrete blocks.
Because I want my shop decently insulated, I would like to use the green sheathing that is common in my area and tape off the seams. I never understood the point of putting down plastic and then nailing a million holes in it. Walls will have roll insulation inside because I just can’t swing foam in this area. There are only a few people that do it and are very proud of it. The exterior will likely be fairly thin sheet metal just to cover and provide water resistance.
To make the roof simple, I will just order trusses from a local supplier and have a couple friends help me set them and cover. Similar to the walls, I will deck it, and more than likely use metal roof for protection from elements. I have not decided on the ceiling insulation yet because I have not decided if I want to close off the rafters and use blown insulation or try to keep it all open. Open=more space but less likely to control the temperature.
Entry door on the 40’ side and one roll-up door on the 30’ side in case I need to work on my tractor or move large items in and out.
No plumbing at all, and electrical work will be done later. We are selling our house soon (already on the market and have shown 7 times the last 6 days) to start construction on a new house out on the property this fall, and I don’t want to put my tools in a storage unit while I live in an apartment when they could be sitting in a new shop instead. Some of the tools I will need to finish the construction of the house, and I don’t want to drive 30 minutes round-trip every time I need a tool from storage.
Any advice, pictures, techniques, horror-stories, jokes, little debbie cakes, etc will be greatly appreciated and considered.
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