After many long years of working in my little shed I decided that enough was enough and it was time to build a bigger shop. The new shop has a floor area of 216sq.ft. Although not large this is vast compared to the little shed.
The new shop stands on a gentle slope and as I did not want to fill the garden up with concrete, I decided to build the shop on timber bearers supported on threaded rod sunk into 3ft deep concrete peers. This allows access to the underside of the building as well as keeping the building totally dry. The only drawback is the noise transmission on the suspended floor. There is an area of solid concrete where an old greenhouse stood. This has been damp-proofed and levelled to the height of the sub-floor.
All good fun building a structure of this size in a London garden with no direct access. Everything has to be carried through the house. Good for security but a real pain at times. The ridge timber was 20ft long 6 x 3. That was hauled in the front door, up the stairs along the landing and through a bedroom before being passed through an upstairs window down into the garden! What’s more there is only Sue and I building this.
The frame went up and was clad internally with OSB temporally just to supply some rigidity and keep the rain out. Windows were fitted and the the cladding was completed.
The finished shop is a vast improvement. As you said you like pictures here are a few of the work being carried out...
Day one. This is the old greenhouse base that is now under part of the shop.
Sue's contribution to the build was the concrete. Here is one
of the peers. That rod is over threefoot long and so is the peer!
Up goes the frame.
Work in progress
What a Mess! everything is taken inside as the rain moves in. That's the
little shed in the background.
Well that's how it was a couple of years ago. It has changed a bit since then with new cabinets and some other stuff. However after we got that far it was off to Kent to help my brother with his shop...
Here is Sue showing a rather embarrassed Tim (my brother) how to mix morter and lay bricks… I bet you thought I was joking earlier
You said you wanted pictures...