Garage / Workshop construction 2006


The Addition

Zoning in our area was changed due to a new, high-end subdivision next to us which needed the floodplain to be rezoned so that they could build there.  This was great for us because it meant we could build on more of our land.  So, Robert got planning and in April 2009 work on the addition started.  The new one story building is 22 foot x 30 foot, which allows for tool chests and a workbench to fit nicely along the sides of the garage with space for two additional cars.

April 28, 2009 - Digging footers for addition.

May 14, 2009 - Jane leveling the footers before the cement dries.

After digging footers and framing them up we ordered a truck of concrete and we poured the footers.

October 19, 2009 - Robert welding the rebar to tie the existing building into the new slab.

After digging down to virgin soil we filled the area inside the footers with stone, compacted it and covered it with plastic.  Then the rebar grid on chairs and we were ready for the pour.

October 21, 2009 - Pouring the driveway.

After they poured the slab we started prepping the driveway area.  We laid out the rebar grid a little larger than for the garage slab.  This had to be done in sections so that the concrete truck did not drive over the grid.

October 21, 2009 - The completed slab and driveway.

November 3, 2009 - Walls going up.

In November we started constructing walls.  We had to pull siding off the lower section of the existing garage to tie it in with the new construction.

November 11, 2009 - Robert installing the LVLs going in the header.

Using a hoist we got the very heavy LVLs up and in place.  This sure was easier than taking them up there by hand like with did with the main building.

November 27, 2009 - Robert installing the roof.

January 2, 2010 - Robert installing roof vents.

We installed shinges on the roof, which sure was a whole lot easier than the previous building.  I could just carry the packs of shingles up the workshop stairs and pass them through the window onto the roof.  Much easier than using a hoist.  With the lower pitch we could also safely walk around the roof without having to be tied in.  Here Robert is installing the roof vents.

The windows were in so the next step was to start install the siding and the garage door.

April 2010 - Almost there.  Siding on and garage door in place.  Just the paint and we're done.

During February and March 2010 we installed the siding and got the garage door installed.  Then in April the paint went on and the addition was finished.

By the end of 2010 we had it all painted and looking nice.

I got heat in my workshop and we finished the climbing wall in the stairwell the following year.


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