I started the construction of my tool shop, with a little help from my father, in late July 2013 and by September 1st the construction was completed (Back in 2001 when we built our home I had the slab for the tool shop poured and hoped to construct it the following year, but things didn’t work out that way). Due to license and permit restrictions the only part of the project that was subcontracted out was the electrical. I was hoping the local municipality would allow me to complete the tool shop by myself but, unfortunately I am not a licensed electrician. Needless to say, every spare minute was occupied in completing this project.
The 16’ x 20’ tool shop was stick framed on 16” centers with 2”x4”studs. The initial plans called for only one window and a garage door and man door. I concluded that there would not be enough natural light and added two 24”x 36” windows to allow extra light. The garage door is a standard 9’ x 7’ opening and the man door is 3-0. The exterior of the shop was covered with 15/32” RTD sheathing and then textured lap siding was installed. A few coats of white trim paint and elephant skin exterior paint completed the exterior of the shop.