It’s taken a while to get back to our workshed redo, but we’re just about ready. Back in August I wrote about what we wanted/needed out of the shed. You guys had some great ideas and input. Read Our Shed – Where Do We Go From Here? if you want to catch up.
Essentially we’re pretty happy with the outside.
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Plans/Ideas for the Inside of the Shed
The inside, though. That needs work. We want to be able to use it all year, so that means climate control, which means insulation, which means wall covering. You know how projects mushroom, right?
Take a look at it right now.
Here’s a recap of our must haves:
- Storage for seasonal-type items that come in the house (Christmas decorations, etc.)
- Storage for gardening tools/supplies
- Storage for woodworking/DIY supplies/paint
- Woodworking space for Buddy
- DIY space for me (but maybe we can share — how often will we work on projects at the same time?)
WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE…
And, a recap of would-love-to-haves:
- Year-round comfort for working on projects, and maybe ventilation for the wood-working.
- a treadmill (okay… that’s me, not we)
- a small desk type space (even it’s stand-up) to draw or have your ipad/chromebook to refer to
We’ve now decided that year-round comfort is a must have. Several of you guys suggested a ductless hvac system called a Mitsubishi Slim. They do look awesome, but I’m afraid that is out of our budget. We’ve decided instead to go with a unit like this:
At about $500 this comes much closer to our budget goals. I was in favor of cutting a hole in the back wall of the shed and installing it there. It’s at the very back of our property, so it wouldn’t be an eyesore. Buddy, however, is against the hole cutting idea. He wants to put it in the window on the left side, (photo below) which is also near the property line and would be out of site. What do you guys think?
First Step, Insulate and Cover
Then comes insulation. The walls and the ceiling need it and then covering. We’re thinking of pre-finished bead board paneling like this.
We would only use it at the bottom for durability when working on projects. Sheetrock will go up the rest of the wall. Good idea? We’re still undecided about the ceilings. We’re not going to have a dropped ceiling, but just insulation and then cover (plywood, sheetrock?). What do y’all think?
And, then there’s the floor. Here’s a look right now.
Nice, right? Okay, there are several options to consider:
- This rubber-type flooring that comes in rolls. Looks awesome and easy to install, but pricey.
- Elastomeric Masonry Paint expands and contracts with the concrete. An affordable option.
- Interlocking Garage Floor Tiles. Not sure if I like this idea. Would stuff seep between the tiles? Pricey, too.
- Epoxy Paint Kits look awesome and affordable and super durable. Labor intensive installation is a drawback.
So, we’re open to hearing about your experience with any of these. Keep in mind — we are on a budget.
Last, but not least, is storage. We plan storage shelves down the right side of the shed and across part of the back.
This shot shows the area I’m talking about. There will be some demo of existing shelves, but we’re keeping those cabinets in the back corner. They’re in good shape. They came out of the old house that was on our property. The whole story begins here. Over the cabinets in the corner will be one work surface and there will be another one on the back wall toward the left corner.
I love the look of this shelving from diy Design Fanatic. It’s so neat, clean and organized.
We’re also looking at these from Home Depot
It’s a steel, 5 shelf unit by Husky and we figure it would take about 5 of them.
The Icing on the Cake
So, that’s about it. I got a gift certificate for a treadmill for Christmas and we’re saving space for that in the right front corner where the two windows are. Whoohoo!!!!! No more trips to the gym when the weather is not good for walking.
Your Thoughts and Ideas?
We can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say about our plans. This project begins soon with packing up all the contents in the shed. We’re going to rent one of those portable storage units so we can completely empty it out, get the work done as quickly as possible, and then replace it all.
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Update: The Shed is now complete. Check out the final reveal at She Shed or Sacred Man Space?
This explains how I found the place to build. (A historic district presents unique issues)