About The Workshop
I built my workshop between November 2014 and January 2015 - 3 months of working weekends and occasionally evenings to complete the build including ground works, building the frame, installing the windows and external cladding, installing the roof panels, fitting the door and insulating the roof. I have since insulated the walls and added drywall/OSB. I used whatever insulation materials/polystyrene etc. that I could salvage in skips etc. (although I did end up buying some to finish it off).
I completed the vast majority of the work on my own but with the occasional helping hand from family and friends. My friend Alex fitted the electrics as he’s a qualified electrician, and I helped him with installing some of the cabling.
I used salvaged materials to build the main structure of the workshop (including windows) and the floor. I bought new pressure treated shiplap cladding from a local sawmill and metal roof cladding sheets from a local roofing company. In total the build cost was around £950 excluding the electrical installation.
The final result is a workshop building which is much more solid and sturdy than sheds that you can buy, and is custom fitted to the space in my garden. To find out more, you can watch the Building The Workshop playlist on my YouTube channel:
The workshop is 4.1m wide x 2.7m in size internally, which is a quite big for your average garden shed, but quite small for your average wood workshop.
I would love to have a bigger workshop at some point in the future, but this one is as big as I could possibly make it in a garden the size of mine, and with a bit of careful planning and by making the space flexible (e.g. tablesaw, jointer etc. mounted on casters) the space functions relatively well.