BUILDING OUR WORKSHOP: Raising our “barn” in Berlin, Md
Raising our “barn”
We started with a free building plan I found on the internet for a two story garage and modified it to suit our needs. I redrew the plans on Autocad and headed over to the town planning office. This is where I met Carolyn, who had infinite patience with me and all my questions. She walked me through the process with a smile. I love people that do their jobs with a smile! Permits were obtained and we were good to go.
Living a Carpenter’s Life
We wanted to get the most bang for our buck, which meant doing as much work as possible ourselves. I was about to learn some real carpentry! We had someone else pour the concrete slab and put on the roof. After framing the roof, I declared myself completely unwilling to even attempt putting the plywood and shingles on the roof. That was way too high and steep for me! My in laws, saved the day with a house warming gift of a check for the roofers. Thank you Dennis and Meredith!!! The rest of the work was done by Brad and I. We started in December and finished the exterior when the forsythia bloomed. Take a look.
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Stuff I Learned
- How to frame a wall.
- How to frame for and install windows and doors.
- How to use many power tools.
- A framing gun is big and heavy.
- It’s scary to be up on a ladder with a framing gun to install a roof ridge.
- It’s pretty looking over the roofs and yards of Berlin.
- I love foot warmers in my boots!
- Sleet freezes like a rock on an uncovered plywood floor.
- A tool belt is heavy after a few hours.
- Brad is strong and knows a lot of stuff.
- I am not twenty any more.
- Building stuff is very rewarding!
The Next Step
Next comes the interior work. Electricity and lighting are next up. Then sometime in the future maybe heat. Check back for progress.