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Workshop enhancement

Albi, the RWB Shed chairman, has a very well appointed workshop with all the tools that an avid DIYer would need. The workshop resides in a large timber structure in the rear garden, where he and his wife spend much time growing vegetables and fruit and the garden is literally 'packed to the gunnels' with plants.

However, the one thing he didn't trully posess was suitable space in which to build larger items. Therefore, during this pandemic a decision was made to rearrange the rear garden and conquer the space conundrum.

It was decided that the footprint of his current workshop needed to be doubled. So, with that target in mind Albi contacted a number of contractors for quotations. Whilst that process was underway, he started clearing the section of garden that was going to be needed. 

Large quantities of soil and spoil were removed, to be reused wherever possible, ready for the work to be done. The eventual work was undertaken over several weekends and the process is detailed below, along with a number of photographs. The build is fully finished at the time of writing, but isn't far off.


Workshop Enhancement Timeline

Week One:- Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th  January 2021

        Clear ground and level up

        Set up the corners 

        Put in corner posts and concrete in

        Add two inner posts by shed doors + two further side posts  (total 8)

        Install outer frame of 4 x 2” timbers


Week Two:- Saturday 23rd  January  2021

        Install last two posts and concrete in

        Add all remaining  joists and noggins into decking structure


Week Three:- Sunday 31st January  2021

        Laid 80% of the decking. 

        Fitted roof joists ready for the roof.

        Removed 1cm of timber from top & bottom of doors for clearance on decking and     roof trusses.


Week Four:- Saturday 6th  & Sunday 7th February 2021

        Exterior light removed and replaced with two coach lights.

        Guttering fitted

        All facia boards fitted

        Last strips of decking cut and fitted

        Structure measured up for the polycarbonate roof and side panels.


Week Five:- Saturday 20th February 2021

         Cut and fit roofing struts 

         Cut and fit polycarbonate sheeting panels

         Clip down and connect bar fixings

         Fit fixing struts to side posts

         Cut and fix polycarbonate sheeting panels

         Clip down and connect bar fixings