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very nice …Welcome 2 LJ's :<))
 

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That looks fantastic, and I would give a lot to be located next to a body of water like that.

Here along the Texas coast, almost everything we build starts with during a concrete slab foundation. All the studs and supporting walls sit on footers that sit on that slab. After the framing and build out, the flooring goes on top of that slab.

In the case of your shop without a slab, are the posts set into large concrete footers? What will comprise the flooring you have when the shop complete?

I hope there are some posts you can share to show the progress.

Thanks!
 

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Jimintx, this is standard pole barn construction. Often times these structures are built on farms and no slab is used at all. Other times after the structure is built it is framed and a slab poured.
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Thank you! Ok, so you are saying that if there was one, the walls would not sit on the poured slab, and the slab is thus not part of the supporting structure. Right?

Btw, n my post #5 above I see a possibly confusing typo/autocorrect error:
The phrase "... starts with during a concrete slab foundation" should read " "... starts with pouring a concrete slab foundation" "

It is interesting. Around here we occasionally see a poured slab just sitting, as it waits for the framing to commence on top of it. I know that for more rural type settings, storing tractors and farm equipment and such, there are barn-like buildings that are done like you show, and then have a gravel or shell type of flooring. But I am mostly accustomed to those having steel framing.

I follow internet workshop sensation April Wilkerson, who used to participate here on LJ. She is building a very large, commercial size, stand alone shop on acreage in the hill country out near San Marcos TX. Every instagram post of her shop project has comments from people from other locales that ask why she is using the techniques and sequencing she has shown (which did start with a slab pour). To me, what she is doing is the only way I would have ever thought to do it, because that's just how it is always done in my area, which is only ~170 miles away.

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Jim, typical construction, at least in my area is either a poured slab where walls are then erected on top of the slab and the slab is very much a supporting surface.
Alternate #2 is to build a raised foundation where you dig and pour a perimeter footing and pier footings on the interior section. Then you lay blocks along the poured footing. From there you do floor beams/trusses which the flooring is laid on top. This gives a crawl space underneath.
The raised foundation was my first choice. I wanted to run ducting for dust collection underneath. However there were many factors that kept
Me from going this route including price.
In a typical pole barn, you have to bearing walls. If your trusses for the roof are running north and south then your North and your south walls will be your bearing walls. The full weight of the roof will rest upon them and the 6×6 posts set inground in concrete will bear the weight.
Going further, in my case, my end result will look inside and out like a "stick" built structure. I will build walls sections that will stand in between the posts which are 8' OC. When I frame for doors and windows I don't have to do headers and all like standard framing, but I will do 16" OC for no other reason than just because that how I want it done.
Also , I too have seen and heard all the questions askin me and others why they are doing it a certain way. It's like a man from Alabama asking a man from Minnesota why he has a basement, or why the man in Alabama doesn't.
 

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They started installing the roof today. I had to be at work by 3:00. Can't wait until tomorrow morning so I can see how it looks.
 

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Hotty Toddy and welcome to LJs!

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Not many would recognize my signature. Lol. I'm in KY but am from Oxford.
 

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The actual shop is 24'x32'

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kinda cramped huh?-lol.wow thats gonna be a "shop".cant wait to see it fully setup.welcome to lumber jocks my friend.
 

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kinda cramped huh?-lol.wow thats gonna be a "shop".cant wait to see it fully setup.welcome to lumber jocks my friend.

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Needed lots of elbow room because I have big elbows. Lol.
I just didn't want to get up and wish I had more room. This is something I've wanted for a very long time. In less than ten years I'll be retired and I plan on spending many an hour out there in the shop then many an hour on one of the two Porches watching sunsets with my wife and enjoying a cold adult beverage of my choice.
 

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you and me both bro!my idea is to retire in the next 8-10 years and make what I wont for who I wont,when I wont,dammit!!!oh sorry don't mean too rant,just want to do want I wont NOW!!!!. stay tuned!-lol.
 

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... In less than ten years I'll be retired and I plan on spending many an hour out there in the shop then many an hour on one of the two Porches watching sunsets with my wife and enjoying a cold adult beverage of my choice.
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I sure GET that. While my shop is a relatively measly 21' square space, it has a nice attached parking for a Grand Sport Corvette convertible. I just like looking at it, and then I get to drive it, too!
And if I back out the car, it is a superb added work space.

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I sure GET that. While my shop is a relatively measly 21 square space, it has a nice attached parking for a Grand Sport Corvette convertible. I just like looking at it, and then I get to drive it, too!
And if I back out the car, it is a superb added work space.

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Jim, I am less than 3 hours from the great sinkhole, otherwise know as the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, KY. I've driven by it on my way to one of our even more famous bourbon distilleries.
 

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When I was in the design stage I came to the realization that I can do a slightly vaulted ceiling for the same cost I could put in a lower, flat ceiling.
I love having all the extra overhead space, if nothing else it makes the room seem larger.
 

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You will see some beautiful sights out there, great inspiration for woodworking.
 
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