Reclaimed Workshop




Introduction: Reclaimed Workshop

A 1900's era farmhouse stood in the way of closing the deal for a real estate transaction. The house needed to be removed or demolished. Rather than wrecking and burning the debris, usable material was salvaged so that it could be repurposed. Piece by piece it was de-constructed and materials were sorted and moved.

Step 1: New Life in a Workshop

The first of many projects was to build a workshop. This workshop stands along side our home which is a combination of new construction added onto a late 1800's era house that has been remodeled. This 28' x 32' building was framed with a combination of old and new material to give it strength as well as use the repurposed materials as practical.

Step 2: Sliding Barn Door

A sliding door was built from ceiling boards and new lumber and hardware.

Step 3: Interior Walls

Interior walls were insulated and covered with tongue and groove flooring and ceiling boards.

Step 4: Exterior Finish

The exterior walls were covered with reclaimed heart pine lap siding. The original paint is still in tact for most of the siding. Final finish will be a clear coat matte finish that will preserve the history as well as patina. The corner trim is repurposed lumber from another old house restoration. New trusses were installed to support the roof system. The old metal roofing was in good enough condition to re-use it. Energy efficient windows were salvaged from a house that was being demolished to make room for a parking lot. The end result was a new building made from about 80% repurposed material that looks like it has always been there.



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    I'm glad you could reuse some of it, the workshop turned out really nice! :)

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    Thanks so much, now I can get to work on the other projects. The next big project is a kitchen island made from the same collection of reclaimed material.

    Very nice! Was it much of a problem to use modern dimensional lumber with old lumber from the days when a 2x4 was *actually* 2"x4"?

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    I tried to group things so that it would minimize that impact. I also had to use some pieces of material to fill some gaps.

    My city's permiting department would just love to rip apart this idea. Ohh how I hate bureaucracy...

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    I understand. It was built in an area where codes and permits are not required for this type of building. However it was built with codes in mind. I used to teach construction technology at the local community college.