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  1. Not a stupid thought at all. We have some major fires going on right now. Just down the road there’s been 10 houses lost. Absolutely horrific. A lot of the issue I have with trees on this property come from the local council. There’s a couple next to the garage that are growing into the gutters. I need to trim them, but ultimately I’m hoping I can get the council to remove them completely. The bottom of our property is a bush reserve so that’s a risk also. Bottom line is I’ll clean up as much as I can and then up my insurance hahaha
  2. The brown fluffy fibre glass looking stuff in the bottom half of the wall is insulation haha. I’ll put the windows in above the noggins before I continue with the insulation and lining in the top half.
  3. Hi Tim, Unfortunately our new place is shaded by thick trees all around so no solar for us. Fortunately though, our new place is shaded by thick trees all around so maybe I won't need to run the AC too hard :) Haven't really thought about what exact RH range I'd like to hit, but a lot more stable than outside in summer hopefully. My wife and I lived in Sydney a few years back do remember the afternoon humidity and storms. I could imagine humidity would be very important for your work.
  4. And stuff the walls with insulation. Nice to finally be getting going on this. Planning to get halfway up past the noggins and then stop while I sort out electrical and put a couple of windows in. To get the windows in I'll need to clear a couple of ugly trees that are on the other side of the wall. This way from my main standing bench I'll have a little natural light from directly in front and also from the big window to the right.
  5. Doesn’t look like much, but today I bought a bunch of timber, varnish and insulation. I put a coat of varnish on the side of the timber that will face the inside of the wall and started nailing them up. Got electrical cabling run for the power outlets and I’ll have to put the insulation in before I keep going. So nice to be moving forward.
  6. I could do that Rue, thought about it a bit. I do like the open space. It's possible that eventually I'll split it in half and have a music room/storage on one side, but for now I'm going to keep it nice and open. I think i've probably been overthinking the moisture issue a lot. As soon as I get some free time to finish the clean-up in there I'll be getting into it.
  7. Hey guys, Thought I should post some before pics before I start putting everything together. We just moved in so forgive all the mess and boxes everywhere. That's my current violin making desk in the middle there. The plan is to build a super sturdy laminated hardwood stand up height workbench that attaches to the wall at that position around 2200 x 900mm large. For reference the existing bench is around 1200 wide and the studs are 600mm centers. I found a guy selling old de-nailed hardwood reasonably cheap. My old bench there can then be moved into the middle of the floorspace. Above the workbench I am going to stagger diagonally a couple of 500mm square windows that will fit in between the existing studs to make construction easy. I'll get natural light from the wall on the right and then from directly in front of the workbench. Will likely have a sit down varnish bench in front of the existing large window. For the moment I'm only going to take up the right-hand side of the shop. Planning to use the generous height as much as I can for tool storage within easy reach. In regards to insulation I've decided not to go with spray insulation because I just can't afford it. It was around $3k to spray just the walls. Current thinking is just to use rockwool batts and allow for plenty of ventilation to prevent moisture build up in the walls. I will line with interlocking pine boards and I might varnish the inside of them before they go up on the wall to help resist mold if the wall should get moisture in it. Will finish the walls first and at least put sarking under the roof iron. Then as funds permit I might install a ceiling including insulation. The previous owner was nice enough to leave a bunch of daylight temperature light battens so the artificial light in there should be plenty. Anyways, it's just a short story so far, but we're getting started!
  8. Hahaha Sorry Bill, Colorbond is an Australian brand of roofing iron, usually corrugated . Very hardy and long lasting stuff -
  9. Aaah yes I had these before, I need to get a replacement. Really save your feet as well as your work!
  10. Julian, I’ve recently been getting more and more paranoid about fumes and dust. Too much cancer in my family history so I need to do my best at controlling what environmental factors I can. Will be keeping an eye out for a deal on some sort of extraction. I’m hoping I can find something that’s not super noisy although I guess for the most part I’d only run it with power tools.
  11. Dwight, One of the reasons we get things early is that we’re a small enough population that we make great guinea pigs!! My wife and I spent 2 years living in Canada a few years ago and couldn’t believe how far behind their banking system was vs Australia. So many businesses still paying by check haha. They were still working out all the internet banking kinks with us Aussies. There will most definitely be a split system going in once I can afford it. We have one in the house, but the second one will be a toss up between the master bedroom or my workshop I was planning to use the A/C as part of my humidity control. A lot of them have a “dry” setting for when you are not cooling.
  12. Thanks Mampara, The roof will definitely get insulated as well otherwise it’ll cook and freeze in there. Thankfully the garage has been constructed with termites in mind, it has a metal termite barrier between the base of the walls and the concrete slab. Unfortunately termites are a fact of life here so you just have to keep on top of them. We got the place checked when we bought and will have to keep doing regular inspections. There’s currently some old stumps down the bottom of the yard as a decoy(/entree) so they’re enjoying those instead of the new house We were renting a few kilometres away so already accustomed to tools prematurely rusting too. I haven’t heard of boeshield, I’ll look it up thanks!
  13. Muswell, Supposedly the closed cell foam should help mitigate this. Apparently a lot more moisture tolerant than fibreglass batts and because it seals directly to the cladding, the moisture can’t bead at the interface there. It’s a work in progress for me for sure, still researching. I’m hoping the interior pine lining will be permeable enough to let any moisture that does form breathe out into the room. The nuclear option would be to pull all the cladding off and wrap the garage in vapour barrier, but I don’t want to do that!
  14. This month my wife and I were lucky enough to be able to purchase our first home. One of the biggest selling points was a 350sqft 12ft ceiling garage which means my wife can kick my violin making and workshop out of the house. I'm not sure who's the most excited about it! It's currently a hardwood stud structure with vinyl siding and an open ceiling with colorbond on top. My plan is to clean it up, line it and dedicate about half of the space to my violins and the other half will be for general house things and/or audio recording space. We live in QLD Australia which means in general it's hot and humid and we have to deal with moisture and lots of heavy rain as we live near the coast. Because of the weather I'm thinking of using closed cell spray insulation on the walls and roof to effectively seal the space so I can manage the ventilation and humidity myself. This will help acoustically isolate the workshop also so less risk of annoying the neighbors with noise as I keep some weird hours sometimes. I was thinking of using pine linings on the internal wall surface as it's cheap and can take a few stray knocks and still look ok. An A/C unit is nearly mandatory depending on how well the insulation does it job and also helps to keep things from getting too humid. Planning to put a few benches around the wall and put a few windows in also to increase the natural light. Most will be standing benches as my back is pretty bad. If I can keep most things around the outside of the wall it means we can still park a small car in if need be or use the floor space for other things. Planning space for a bench sander, drill press, bandsaw, drying cabinet, sharpening station (maybe even a tormek if I can win the lottery soon...). What am I missing? Once I rid the space of all the moving boxes and junk I'll take a photo of the space, but currently it's an embarrassing mess! I've never had dedicated space before so any advice on how you'd set up a a workshop from scratch or traps for a newbie then shout out. Pretty excited about finally having some real space so will be getting onto insulation quotes very soon