Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #6: Finished the exterior

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 07-17-2017 01:35 PM 859 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Roof, windows and house wrap Part 6 of Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) series Part 7: Gonna dig myself a hole »

I have finally finished the exterior with the help of the wife and dodging rainstorms for the past two weeks. We decided to put vinyl siding on the exterior to match the house.

A look at the front once it was finised. My last shop had one small window and I did not get much natural light. I decided to put a big window over the area where my work bench and table saw would be.

Essential equipment in Louisiana, the air conditioner window.

I sealed my last shop pretty tight and did not allow for any air flow. Even with a small AC in that shop, it would still get way too hot to work all day. On an average August day with a 5000 BTU AC it could still get to be 86 degrees in my old shop. I decided to create a little attic space with vented soffits. I am going to have a small gap between the interior roof and the exterior sheeting that will contain some Reflectex insulation. I am also doubling the size of my window unit to 10000 BTUs. I hope the combination of that stronger AC, attic air space, some insulation, and a vented soffit will help allow the hot air to escape without invading the work area.

The exterior is done with a only a little DAP work for the outside to seal up some corners. I will start trenching for the electrical this week and will start running all that stuff possibly tonight.

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 10:55 AM

Nice looking shop. What size is it?
A nice big porch on the front of that would really set it off too…

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 01:20 PM

The shop is 10’ x 16’. I could have gone larger, but that size was dictated by this really nice little nook I have in my backyard. I thought about the porch idea or a deck, but I think I am going to start with just landscaping and rocks. It tucks really nice between my house and the fence and does not poke out very far. You cannot see it in these pictures, but I surrounded the building with rubber mulch. Thanks for the comments.

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 02:17 PM

looking very nice…... good to see you getting back to normal …...GREAT SHOP :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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