To a lot of people, DIY is more than just a way to save some money. It is a passion, a challenge and something they need to prove to themselves. Therefore, why not turn this frugal and practical activity into a hobby or a side-job? For this, however, simply working in your garage or basement as they are may not cut it. You might be forced to rework these two rooms or even build a completely new construction with a single purpose – your own workshop. Here are four useful tips on this topic.
Pre-existing or new structure
The first question you need to give an answer to when it comes to building your first workshop is whether to use an already existing structure or to construct a new one. Some people use a garage, a shed or a basement, yet, these objects usually have a different function already, which could be a bit of an inconvenience.
On the other hand, by constructing a completely new building, you will be able to completely utilize the space, as well as adjust it to meet all the needs of your future projects. For instance, if you work with a specific material that is hard to carry to the basement or a regular shed, you could go for a specific door or entry point during your construction.
Naturally, as soon as the construction begins, you want to start working on the foundations. Here, as well, you have several different options to choose from. Going for a wooden deck is the most popular choice, seeing as how it is simple, frugal and aesthetic. Not to mention that it is a standard flooring option in most sheds. Start by using bricks or concrete blocks to lift your shed above the ground. This will help with the structural integrity, as well as protect the boards from moisture. Once you’re done with this, you can proceed to build a timber frame to support the structure.
The key thing here is that you give yourself enough space, which is important for three reasons. First of all, you’re giving yourself some room for extra materials, which is an effort-saving practice. Second, you want to handle the issue of storage right away. Finally, this way you will give yourself some extra maneuvering space in order to avoid tripping or hurting yourself unnecessarily.
Once this is done, you get to erect the walls, as well as add some rafters and wrap things up with a roof. None of this can be described as complicated, yet it is not something you will be able to do on your own. We’re not suggesting that you should bring in a carpenter to aid you, since what you need is simply another set of hands. Therefore, you could ask a family member, a coworker or a friend to help you out. As soon as you’re done with this, you need to resolve the issue of doors and windows. Here, it would be smart to keep in mind what we’ve previously discussed. Moreover, the airflow and the influx of natural light might be vital both for functionality and the preservation of materials.
Tools and workbench
Finally, we come to the issue of equipping your workshop. While it is true that you may already have a toolbox, now might be the time to go a bit over the top. After all, you didn’t build a workshop so that you have a place to store your hammer, saws and screwdrivers. Those who work a lot with wood, for instance, might benefit greatly from a measuring stop. Needless to say, this alone can take your workshop to a whole new level.
As for the workbench, you could order one online or even build one on your own. In the latter case, it’s a bit of extra work, but also an assurance that your workbench will be a perfect fit for your DIY workshop.
Taking care of the lights
As for the lighting system, things are not nearly as simple as they might have seemed. Needless to say, you first need to handle the issue of electricity, which means bringing in a veteran electrician to tend to your needs. After all, you might need to use a plethora of electrical tools or power tools in your shed, and the last thing you need is an unstable grid that will put you at a risk. Moreover, seeing as how this is a wooden construction we’re talking about, an improper installation may create a substantial fire risk.
As for options you have available, you can go with anything from a solar-powered light to LED. The latter is a particularly good idea, seeing as how LED bulbs tend to last much longer than their incandescent counterparts. In fact, an average LED bulb can work for 25,000 to 50,000 hours without you ever having to replace it.
At the end of the day, building your workshop may be a lot of work, yet, for people who feel passionate about DIY projects, it is definitely a worthwhile investment. From the financial standpoint, just try to calculate how much money you will be able to save by making things on your own and you will realize that this workshop-shed basically pays itself off.