Well plans for one anyway.
Here's the deal. I have a garage, attached to that garage are 2 structures.
I call them structures but in reality they're not much. One has half height
flimsy walls with the rest of the wall screened in, the other has solid
walls but a very low ceiling and a floor that is quickly giving ground to
the local termite colony.
What I want to do is a complete teardown and build a new shop attached to
Unfortunately the costs of doing all of it at one time is prohibitive.
So my compromise is this, tear down the "structures" and have a foundation
poured upon which I will eventually build the shop. In the short term build
some weather resistant cabinets to store my various tools. Build a sort of a
ramada type of roof over the foundation. This would allow us to use the
foundation as a patio area and as a work surface in the short term.I could
then roll the tools out as needed to keep working while waiting to have
enough cash to finish the buildout.
I live in Southern California so weather isn't really an issue. I hope to be
able to get the complete shop built within a year or so. The cabinets will
be as weather proof as I can reasonably make them, I can also use the garage
for tool and stock storage as it has long since stopped being used to store
I'd like to have as much done to the foundation as needed. So here's my
Does this sound like a reasonable plan? I'd keep working in the old
structures but they are literally falling down around me and the floor is
impassable in places due to rot and those termites I mentioned.
What do I need to be concerned with with the foundation? I'd eventually like
to have a wooden floor with DC ducting and some power running under it.
Is it ok to leave a foundation exposed and to use as I mentioned for that
long? I know it's concrete but am I risking any thing by not covering it
What about electrical needs? I'm already planning on having an extra sub
breaker box installed, any thoughts on how to get power to the slab in the
Reason I'm leaving the garage standing is cause it has a toilet and shower
set up in the back, it needs a new roof and it needs some termite mitigation
but I need to keep it standing.
Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated.
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