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Pictures of my muddled workshop beginnings. I know I'm lucky to have so much space, but getting it so it is organized and comfortable enough to be functional is going to take time. As with tools I purchase, making the barn shop usable is a "pay as you go" approach.

The barn is uninsulated & open to the outside along the wall base & where the rafters meet the eve. (The roofing is Ondura on purlins, which will be replaced soon with sheathing and comp roofing). Needless to say it is pretty cold in the winter! I hope to get my wood stove installed this winter.

Here is a link to the photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/

The Set "Shop Floor" has pictures of my first shop space project, i.e. putting in a floor. I am going to go ahead with wood flooring. The existing wood floor has been in place for over 10 years & is holding up well. As can be seen it is untreated 2×6 directly on the gravel. The joists are 24" on center & 3/4" plywood. I'm wondering about the importance of continuing the vent holes - I assume I should. I plan on putting a vapor barrier on the gravel, then the 2×6's. For flooring I'm planning on using T&G OSB flooring which I will prime to seal. I'm debating whether to add solid foam insulation between the joists. (The picture in the "Shop View" set shows the floor of my wife's loft studio from below with solid foam insulation. I had to put this in because of squirrels nesting in the original insulation. What a mess that was taking down - pretty bad!)

Any comments appreciated…

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Thanks for posting, and a belated welcome to LJ's!

Like you, I am coming up on retirement, and we are starting to shop for a home nearer to our kids. A prime consideration is it must have a decent space for a workshop … I am tired of sharing the cramped space in the garage with the cars!
 

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Looks like it will be a great shop area. The gravel must stay dry all the time, or you would have had some dry rot in the floor. Way to go, Steve in Oregon
 

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Nice shop, looks like a great place to work :)
 
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