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November 2007
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The New Temporary Workshop Episode 1

Two of the most dreaded words in remodeling are ”what about”. In other circles this is known as Scope Creep.
Scope Creep is when you have a project nailed down, and then bright ideas begin to appear.Tthe ‘what about’ moment

Let me demonstrate.
The original idea was to pour a small slab behind the house, to be able to open up the original rear doorway, and tuck my refrigerator into it. The slab also was going to contain a spot to enclose the water heater. At this point a 4×8 slab with a small roof and a door for access to the water heater would have done the job. Couple hundred bucks, maybe 10 hours and I am done.

Well, having won a few bucks at the lottery, allowed me to get the block fence, and the driveway. The siren song of expansion began eating into my brain.

I had already contracted for the little slab, but I noticed that I have an impressive collection of garden tools. Lawn Mower, wheelbarrow, rakes, weed eater, leaf blower, shovels, axes, and so on. Quite a collection of stuff for a guy with no grass. So I talked with the concrete guys and for a few dollars more, could make my slab 8×10′. This would allow me to build the fridge alcove, get my water heater under cover, and have enough room for my garden tools.

Now the back of my house would have this slab jutting into the backyard, and I would have my garden tools put up, but I just got a new 10” Table saw, and for a few dollars more could get another slab poured at the same time. It was inexpensive as they are already on site, and concrete gets cheaper the more you order.
The old temporary workshop is where I enclosed the carport two years ago, to build an office.

Now I have a 10×21′ slab that will become the new temporary workshop.(the endgame is a freestanding 18×24 shop with a 18×12 patio)
Having said that, on the left is the back wall of the laundry room. So I will pull plumbing out of it, and be able to install a sink in the new temporary workshop. I will also be able to reroute the dryer vent to scavenge waste heat in the winter.

It will be a modified Post and Beam construction, the posts being 4×4” with a built up 4×6 beam. The beam members will be 2×6 boards with a 1/2” plywood gusset in the center with staggered joints, allowing me to span the entire distance with one beam. Built up beams used to be standard building practice before the advent of glulams, and TGI Joists. They are more time consuming to construct, but are cheaper in materials.
Nowadays the only time you see them is over small windows. The other reason is that there are too few folks calling themselves framers that can read lumber and crown joists correctly.

I have the post anchors installed using Simpson ABU44Z anchors and 1/2”x 4” Red Head Sleeve Anchors. Trust Me, if these ever lift in a storm the rest of the house will be in Kansas, it is that good an anchor system.

So I have gone from a small shed for my fridge and water heater to a 300 square foot enclosure, that will hold my garden tools, my remodeling tools, and will double as a workshop for building cabinets and other things.

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