Hi all - Moving house soon, so de-lurking to ask for help with constructing
a workshop at the new place. Have googled the groups and found lots of
useful stuff (mostly American) but still have a few questions.
It needs planning permission as it's a conservation area, but the house is
not listed even though it's a 250+ year old thatched cottage.
Workshop primarily for radio controlled model aeroplane and helicopter
construction/maintenance/storage, plus household DIY and probably
acquisition of a lathe (and mill?) to try some model engineering. Probably
roughly single garage sized, to go alongside the existing block/render/stone
faced single garage. Would be for all year round use - most model building
done in the winter when weather too bad for flying.
1) From an insulation/usability point of view would I be better with a log
cabin type building with 44mm thick interlocking 'log' walls or a
traditional shiplap type shed that I then line with insulating foam and
2) Is a 19mm t&g floor on pressure treated bearers man enough to take a
small lathe (Myford type)?
3) Is it worth the effort and expense of a full concrete base or are slabs
on compacted hardcore adequate?
4) How do I best insulate the floor while avoiding damp seeping up?
5) How do I work out how many/type/size/wattage fluorescent fittings to give
adequate lighting for detailed modelling work?
Will lay plastic tube (drain pipe or similar) underground to workshop with
power cable and strings to pull other services (phone/network/TV aerial/etc)
through if needed and allow for more power/sockets than I think I need.