Our first DIY Project began soon after moving in. We searched high and low for a property to build on that would allow us to also build a 40×50 shop, and the task was made harder by having to explain that no, we weren’t building a “shed.” No one seemed to get it. We wanted to build a Shop, aka Workshop. Very quickly, we realized we weren’t in Texas anymore, where the shop out back is almost the size of your house….where you can putter around or park when a storm rolls in. This is not the shop plan we purchased, but this gives you the idea:
We finally secured a property, which is not so easy in a landlocked area (again, the “not in Texas thing”), and went about searching for the best way to get this shop built.
Because we are under county codes, which include hurricane guidelines, we ordered prefabricated steel, and then located a concrete engineer to draw up the plans. Wow.
I am so impressed that he knows how to read this geeky stuff!
So then there was that day when the 18-wheeler drove up with the steel, and for liability reasons, couldn’t help offload it. Thank goodness for rental equipment!
Fast foward 10 months, and Wes is finally finished digging the piers and footings and is now ready to begin laying the rebar. Yep, that’s right…nearly a year later and the concrete has yet to be poured. But once it’s down, lemme tell ‘ya, it’ll be here forever.
It has been a monumental task to dig the huge holes and trenches and to secure the forms. Every.single.weekend, and many nights after work, he was out in the heat. Of course, my main job has been to keep him hydrated and to remind him to leave the sand outside 🙂 Have I mentioned we live in Florida? #summerheat #humidity
Of course, it will all be so worth it!