YOUR Old House Remodel Contest | Duke K.
An advantage to being a tradesman (in my case automotive) is that you find it is much more satisfying to make things nice rather than buy nice things. Our little ranch- built in 1957, is more or less the Nevada "outback", and we decided 5 years ago that if we are going to take on one last project, we might as well make it a good one. You can't build the cabinets we need without a shop, and you really can't work in a 115 degree shop shared with creatures that will bite, stab or stick you. So here is our Phase 1- Expanding a 1200 sq. foot shop to 1800 sq. ft., took the old building back to the framing, and built it back adding climate control, insulation, and shop services. Costs were reduced by recycling/up cycling everything but the old shingles. The old siding was ripped down and used as a sort of wainscot when finishing the inside, and we even repurposed a couple of old parking lot "shoebox" lights into the lighting after converting them to LED cobbs.
Built for a cooling dominant environment, we reflect away more heat than we absorb, leaving less heat for insulation to deal with and allowing a single evaporator cooler to maintain 80 degrees when outside is 115.
The original structure was not for the feint of heart. Scorpions, tarantulas, black widows, etc all had to be evicted. The dark wood and asphalt shingle roof absorbed incredible amounts of heat all day & 2 evaporative coolers didn't work at all.
We cut the old exterior siding down to use as a wainscot on the inside, reducing the amount of drywall needed by 40%. I designed a foam board ceiling system that adds insulation, reflects light and kept 2000 pounds of drywall off the roof trusses
Bright, controlled work space ready for kitchen, laundry room and bath remodels that will require cabinetry and trim. Now if I could only find Norm's home phone number...
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