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Workshop Build

Unread post #1 by balarila » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:23 pm

This'll be another long project.

I plan to build my workshop on the space behind our house. I'd like ot make it cheap but won't get blown away by the next typhoon. For now, considering building it using steel framing and fiber cement boards for the exterior and gypsum board for the interiors.

I know Ernie, for one, built his cozy house this way. If I may ask some questions:

1. Is the cost really worth it? Would you recommend I do it this way?
2. Will FCB survive the elements?
3. What do I use for columns to support the roof?
4. What kind of rafters/truss system should I use?
5. What would be an economical roof?
6. Any suggestions on flooring?

This is one option of construction. My plan is to get some laborers and a mason and contract out the foundation and floor slab. I then do the rest (with occasional laborer help pag tinamad).

Another option would be to build using 2nd hand wood. But that'll be another set of questions.
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #2 by bigfoot » Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:53 am

Is it single detached or attached to the main building?
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #3 by ryu03 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:07 am

Take the first step and never quit.

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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #4 by balarila » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:06 am

bigfoot wrote:Is it single detached or attached to the main building?


Single detached.
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #5 by balarila » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:08 am

Thought I'd edit your message, Ryu so the images show properly:

ryu03 wrote:sir karaniwan ganito ginagawa namen pag dugtong o parang garahe lang para sa trusses, sliding strut lang

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Thanks!

How far apart should those rafter/truss beams be spaced?

For the columns that support only roofing, what should they be?
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #6 by aj1 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:32 am

im building my workshop/shed almost from the same materials you mentioned. I recommend hiring a welder than doing it yourself. mahirap mag welding ng nasa ladder.
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #7 by balarila » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:38 am

Perhaps to make clear what I have in mind, here's the plan.
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This is all a wish for now. Not sure if I can afford it yet so final plan may change.

Some explanations:

- The side is preferably open towards the trellis so I can move large things out.
- Under the trellis is a parking garage. Thought the trellis should soften the overall look and please SWMBO.
- The front has no door but is also open. But I need to determine if that is structurally possible as this means I have no column on that corner.
- If not structurally sound, I may close that front and put a column and a door. I can then put a folding wall all along the side to the trellis. Whole shop is then secure.
- The deck at the left is optional or may be an expansion for later.
- The rooms at the left are an office (for planning works) and a bathroom.
- For dust collection, I plan to dig trenches on the floor so all ducts are underground with removable covers (ala computer rooms of old).
- All electrical wiring will be in conduits hanging from the ceiling.

I think, for now, I will have to decide what kind of columns where I should put.

Ironically, I have hundreds of engineers in my office but I hesitate to ask help from them because of my own corporate governance discipline. Hence I am asking for free advice here. :angel:
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #8 by Violaine » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:17 am

For what its worth, please look into one of Frank Howarth's video via youtube. That is, "making the workshop".
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #9 by balarila » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:56 am

Violaine wrote:For what its worth, please look into one of Frank Howarth's video via youtube. That is, "making the workshop".
Good luck!


Nice recommendation, Doc. His shop's shape looks like what I am planning. For the benefit of everyone here, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmDAInbnPYQ
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Re: Workshop Build

Unread post #10 by balarila » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:22 am

aj1 wrote:im building my workshop/shed almost from the same materials you mentioned. I recommend hiring a welder than doing it yourself. mahirap mag welding ng nasa ladder.


Good recommendation on the welder. Alam mo yata na metalworking is my waterloo.

What are the dimensions of your square tubes you used for columns? I plan to hand some tools (e.g. power cord and airhose coils) and lumber from the ceiling. Do you think those square tubes will be strong enough for me?
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