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I thought someone might be interested in seeing my small Leather workshop take shape up until now I have been working in a small space in the house. My first plan was to turn the garage into a workshop but that is now going to be a utility room / laundry. So the Garden was my next option.

This is the old shed which was on the property before we moved in, It was really well built and took some removing.

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This is my first plan for its replacement. Yes it is on the back of an envelope but I don't smoke anymore so did not have a fag (cigarette) packet to draw on.

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This was followed by a slightly more detailed scale drawing 

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Foundations involved digging some holes.

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After digging I had to fill the holes with hardcore.

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The base was made of 4 concrete lintels a little unusual but it is not covered by planning or building regs.

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The first layer of wood is laid on a mortar bed with a damp proof course below

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This is very much a simple version of this build there is a more detailed post on my blog I will continue here if anyone is interested

 

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Looks like fun! I'd like to see the rest of the build.:rockon:

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Sorry the last image was missing 

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The second piece of wood in the picture is the bottom of the wall frame and is there to help with alignment.

The next step was to lay the flooring joists on hangers.

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Once you have a level flat deck it is an ideal place to build the wall frames. I marked everything and cut the timber over a few days then joined all of the pieces together to form the wall frame.

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The second wall frame has a window so was slightly more difficult.

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I started back in November but had a break for hand surgery which has healed nicely.

This is everything to date I have a front and back wall to make then the roof and work benches and cupboards for the inside. 

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If it gets cold or damp you may want to place some ridgid insulation between the dirt and the bottom of the floor joists.  Cheap and easy.

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Thanks @mike02130 I have lots of insulation I visited a local company to get prices for insulation for the whole workshop, It was very expensive as I was leaving I noticed a pallet of tatty looking solid insulation and rolls of loft type insulation. I went back and spoke to the foreman I explained what I was doing and that I was on a limited budget.

He walked me back to the pallets and when I asked if I could buy it he said no as it was no longer on their stock file, He then told me to take whatever I wanted and to try not to make too much mess. My garage shed and neighbours shed are full of insulation.

There is a very helpful forum UK based woodhaven2 and a guy also called Mike who has been very helpful he is an Architect the base is to his drawings including the positioning of the vents. I had planned on filling the area of soil with expanded polystyrene but he advised against it as it would stop the air from moving freely. The area between the joists is to be filled with solid insulation as you suggest.

The next installment will be posted once the weather improves. 

 

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We have had a small amount of snow recently which has slowed progress I managed a couple of hours yesterday so I was able to put the rear wall together and start assembly of the front frame. As I was yet to make the door frame it took a little longer then rain stopped work.

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I know it is a little difficult to see the frames for the wood at the moment but all will become clear once they are stood up and fastened together.

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Once I had completed the door frame and added a couple of extra studs it was time to stand the walls up and secure them to each other and the sole plate.

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Walls up and fixed together everything is plumb and square forecast for rain tomorrow so the weekend will see the addition of extra noggins to support the walls.

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Things are moving forward slowly I have added the upper plate and the noggins to tie everything together.

The roof is next in an ideal world however I need to use a ladder to reach even though the surrounding ground is hardcore that has been whacked (compacted) the feet of the ladder dig in. So in reality I need to do the floor next so I can stand the ladder on the floor. I have chosen a hi tech chipboard flooring which is sealed on both sides and requires special glue to fix it.

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Recent high winds caused some issues with the weed barrier blowing it all over the garden so I had to spend time repositioning it the finished height is made up of black basalt stone so I put the stone around the back of the workshop and down the side which will be more difficult to get at later in the build.

I have also added the weed barrier under the floor which although it will be sealed I don't want to take any chances.

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Here is the site tidied up a little with the stone down the side and around the back access will be limited in these areas once the boards start to go on.

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