The very first thing we did was take off the tilting garage door. I wanted to replace this with a wall and window to allow more light into the space.
Not long after we had removed the door, my friend Jules turned up with another person, Kate. They dedicated a day of their holiday helping out. Andy got them onto lining the internal wall with 9 mm plywood. The plywood I used here was non-structural and only had one 'good' side. This kept the cost down.
|Jules and Kate on the job.|
|The external wall is built, cladding underway.|
|The window is in!|
We were lucky with our timing as no sooner had the window been installed than we experienced heavy rain for the next day!
The rest of the time Andy was with me he taught me how to put in studs (vertical framing) and nogs (horizontal timber blocking between studs) and measure and cut plywood for the lining of the walls.
This left me with enough knowledge to carry on by myself.
So I carried on lining the walls. Needless to say this was a slower process by myself.
During this time I got an electrician in to sort out my lighting. The original lighting was simply two standard light sockets in the shared space of the shed. They were powered by one switch. This was now a problem as I had put an internal wall between the two lights. Also one of the lights had been hanging on the truss Andy removed!
Here is my solution...
Jules came back again to help me with lining the truss above the internal wall and as you can see, the majority of the matted space is now complete. I have decided not to line the ceiling at this stage to keep costs down and it doesn't effect my ability to train. The genkan (reception area) will be stage two of the project when I can afford to do it. I have the paint for the external and internal walls and I have started the external painting at the time of writing this.
I plan on painting the internal walls with a bleached timber stain (like a white wash) so that the grain of the ply shows through. I will post more pictures once I have finished the matted area. The tatami are due to arrive in about 7 weeks.
I am very happy with the outcome. But I wouldn't have got very far without Andy's expertise and Jules and Kate giving their time.
However, my biggest thanks must go to my wife, Ricci. The money for the build came from her father's inheritance and when we had people over she put on some splendid meals as well as keeping the children entertained!
Without her giving me the money and time, there was no way the build could have got off the ground.