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Offline Upcoaster

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He said she shed
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:02 AM »
It's been really fun poking through the workshops sub forum so I figured I'd join in and chronicle my new shop build. I'm not sure I'll be doing anything terribly innovative that hasn't been seen before but I'm super excited about the build.

When we were looking for a plot on which to build our new home a few years ago, we were thinking 2 acres would be nice given what we wanted to be able to do.  5 acre plots were a lot more common so thats what we ended up looking at the most.  Somehow we ended up with 8.27 acres which is waaaay more space than we need.  Plenty of room for our 2600 sq. ft. home, an outbuilding and a nice sized hobby garden for my wife. The price was right on the land and it was nice, flat prairie with zero trees to clear. Other site prep looked to be minimal hassle so we went with it before it got sniped out from under us. We are blessed beyond reason with all this elbow room.

After several cost overages with the house build, I was forced to economize as much as possible where the outbuilding is concerned so we went with pole building construction. The contractor was a pain in the ____ to work with so I won't mention his name but overall we are happy with the end result. They weren't very organized, communication was poor and they definitely didn't display any semblance of customer service attitude.  Once we got the building permit in hand, they warned me they were juggling several jobs so I extended them as much grace as possible.  I had heard previously that a 36'x48' pole building could go up in three weeks so I figured on doubling that plus a pinch and thought two months might end up being the build duration. These guys managed to drag out the build to four arduous months.

Much of the interior build-out that I had hoped to be doing over the winter now becomes a spring / summer project.

We needed an outbuilding to serve multiple functions so all that square footage is NOT dedicated to my wood shop.
The long axis is 48' and half of that has a loft. The space beneath the loft will be walled in, insulated and divided into two rooms:
24'x24' will be dedicated to the wood shop and my wife will end up with a 12'x24' space for her art studio (a.k.a.  the 'she shed'). The latter may also double as a finishing room from time to time.

Here's the 3D model I made with Sweet Home 3D.  They have some 'furniture' you can place in the model but alas no stationary tools. You'll have to use your imagination on a few things:
  • The big wooden crate represents a table saw.
    The floor at the loft level is intentionally missing so you can see the workspaces beneath. Hopefully the staircase fills the gap to visualize the overall gameplan here.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2019, 12:41 AM by Upcoaster »

Offline Upcoaster

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Re: He said she shed
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 12:55 AM »
Now that all the contractors are out of my way, the fun of building out the space beneath the loft falls to me.
I've got several temporary workstations in place to facilitate the project but things are moving slowly due to other obligations tugging at my discretionary time.

I've collected most of the lumber needed for the endeavor but have mostly been focusing on some preliminary electrical for now.

I got a screamin' deal on 32, reclaimed fluorescent light fixtures.  More than enough to adequately light the heck out of this barn.  Several have bad ballasts but I've been putting LED tubes in them anyway.  Most with bad ballasts will be fitted with tubes that can take 110VAC directly and don't require ballasts.  I'm into each fixture for about $7 each so I'm not too upset that many of them didn't work.

After building some mounts for them, I began with testing the coverage of these fixtures in the 'implements' portion of the barn (mowers, quad, etc. lives here) to get a sense of how much light they put out. It was a worthwhile exercise as now I have a far better idea of the density of fixtures I'll want to install in my wood shop area.  Here's a photo of my smoke test once I got them all mounted and wired up.



Yup! It's almost bright enough to perform surgery in there.  Next up, I'll be mounting more in the wood shop area and stretch some temporary power to them. It's kinda dark under that loft at the moment so having the lighting in place sooner vs. later will really help to facilitate the rest of the build.


Offline Upcoaster

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Re: He said she shed
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2019, 12:57 AM »
Hmm. there was supposed to be a post in between the 3D model and the lighting test that focused on the actual barn raising.

It was very photo heavy and for some reason didn't post.  I'll re-create that work soon and try again.
« Last Edit: April 24, 2019, 07:17 PM by Upcoaster »

Offline RDMuller

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Re: He said she shed"
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2019, 07:55 AM »
Stand alone  buildings like this need a first rate security and fire alarm system that is centally monitored. I have land line phone connectivity as  primary and a very well hidden cell as secondary in case they cut the line.

Also insulate very well when walls are open

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: He said she shed
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2019, 08:46 AM »
You hear that Victor? I'm getting a new chicier she shed.
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Offline Don T

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Re: He said she shed
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2019, 08:50 AM »
It looks like you are going to have a nice shop.  Can't wait to see it finished.
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Offline Upcoaster

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Re: He said she shed
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2019, 12:38 PM »
OK, so here is some of the fill-in that was intended to be sequenced between the first two posts. Somehow it got lost in the ether.

The raising of the barn...















In parallel to all this I was roughing in the sub panel for power.  I did it on my own in in small bits so it seemed to take forever. Really happy with the end result though. My previous experience with electrical was stuff like swapping a bad breaker, adding an outlet or light fixture to an existing circuit. Something on this scale was new to me. I got some fantastic counsel from the electrician that wired my house during its 2017-18 build and I learned a lot.  Ultimately I passed the L&I inspection on the first go.

« Last Edit: April 24, 2019, 12:48 PM by Upcoaster »

Offline Upcoaster

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Re: He said she shed
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2019, 12:56 PM »
It's concrete day! 





...and even a nice sized apron out in front.


Ahh! Exciting that the concrete is done and I'm able to walk on it. I'm finally starting to see the potential of this place!



After reading a lot about how pole buildings tend to sweat and what some of the best countermeasures are, I put down 6mil plastic vapor barrier prior to the concrete. That certainly won't prevent the issue entirely but it'll make a dent.


« Last Edit: April 25, 2019, 04:03 PM by Upcoaster »

Offline richy3333

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Re: He said she shed"
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2019, 04:32 AM »
Stand alone  buildings like this need a first rate security and fire alarm system that is centally monitored. I have land line phone connectivity as  primary and a very well hidden cell as secondary in case they cut the line.

Also insulate very well when walls are open
I saved money and bought a shotgun and 1000 rounds :)